About St. Cruz Village

Santacruz Village Panchayat

Santa Cruz (meaning holy cross in Portuguese) is the largest village in Goa with a population of 21,000 people different religions and also who trace their origins to different parts of India.

Geographically, it is situated in the North Goa district in the Sub-District of Ilhas de Goa (which means Islands of Goa, in the Portuguese language) or Tiswadi (thirty villages in Konkani) taluka or sub-district.

Santa Cruz is bounded north with Rio de Ourem (river of gold estuary, in Portuguese). Its neighbouring villages are Merces (“à mercê de” translates to “at the mercy of”) village which stretches from the north-east to the east (on the east side of the NH 17), Bambolim which stretches from east to the south and Taleigao which stretches from the south to the west. Panjim, the capital city of the state of Goa located on the largest of the islands, is to its northwest.

Village geography

Fast food, Santa Cruz-style.
This village is sub-divided into 11 wards, each of which has its own individuality within the village. These include Bandh Vaddo (or Bandhar) (southwest of Santa Cruz Church at the foot of Taleigao hillocks), Bondir (around northeast of the Santa Cruz church, near the Rio de Oureum estuary to its southeast), Cabesa Ward (around south of Santa Cruz church at the foot of Bambolim hillocks), Primeiro Bairro (around Santa Cruz church at sea level), Segundo Bairro (north of Santa Cruz Church at sea level).

St. Cruz (Goa Assembly constituency) is also the name of a constituency of the Goa Legislative Assembly and is currently represented by Congress politician Antonio Fernandes (politician) of the Indian National Congress party. It was formerly represented by Atanasio Monserrate also known as “Babush” Monserrate,[1] and Victoria Fernandes. At one stage, this was the electoral constituency of the prominent Goan politician Dr. Jack de Sequeira.

Calapor is a census town in North Goa district in the state of Goa, India.

As of 2001 India census,[1] Calapor had a population of 11,823. Males constitute 50% of the population and females 50%. Calapor has an average literacy rate of 80%, higher than the national average of 59.5%; with male literacy of 85% and female literacy of 76%. 10% of the population is under 6 years of age.

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