Panaji: Noted fashion designer Wendell Rodricks has written to President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging them to intervene and save from demolition a 100-year-old chapel in his native village of Colvale.
St. Anthony’s Chapel is being demolished to widen national highway 17 (NH 17) that passes through Colvale village in Goa .
In his letter to the President and the Prime Minister, Rodricks said, “We have learnt about the expansion of the highway, which will destroy our St. Anthony’s Chapel. This is totally illegal and in violation of the Supreme Court order that a religious structure over 100 years old cannot be demolished. This ruling was enforced after the Babri Masjid demolition.”
Rodricks and the people of Colvale, have been protesting against the cutting down of trees in and around the village for widening of the highway.