|May 1, 2016 at 10:40 am #6449|
Stating that the village of Netravali has the potential to become a model village, Sanguem MLA Subhash Phaldesai said that the Atal Gram Development Agency (AGDA), a state government constituted agency a year ago, will help it become one.
Speaking to media while announcing three-day Netravali Mahotsav, organised by AGDA from May 6 and appealing to the people to witness it, the MLA said that though Netravali was selected three years ago for making it a model village, these years were spent in collecting the data and other necessary information about the village.
“It is in the preliminary stage. The first three years went in collecting the data and other necessary information about the village. The authorities carried out several surveys and collected soil samples from 1200 different places to examine the possibility of cultivating various crops. In my view the AGDA may take another two years to complete the mission of making Netravali a model village,’’ Phaldesai said while replying a media query.
He pinned hopes that AGDA would complete the task and provide a relief to the locals.
“Focus will also be laid on the basic needs of the village. The village health and education systems have to be improved,’’ he added.
Sources informed that the Manohar Parrikar government in the year 2013, had chosen Netraveli for making it a model village, however, there being procedural delays it did not materialise even three years.
On March 31, 2015, the government constituted AGDA to develop several villages including the Netravali. Nearly Rs 10 crore will be spent on developing these villages by the AGDA.
Asked as to why water woes were addressed even as the village was chosen to be made a model village in last three years, Phaldesai said that a 5 MLD plant will be commissioned soon in the area to resolve the water woes.
Netravali has 750 families and a population of around 3,800 people.
Nearly 65 per cent of the total population belongs to the ST community.
“The Mahotsav will depict the tradition, culture, and heritage of Netravali. Every Goan should know that Netravali Mahotsav is a Diazacho Utsav. My efforts are towards creating self employment and entrepreneur skills for the locals in Netravali. The village need to be brought on the touristic map of the world,’’ said the MLA, who briefed the media in presence of the project director of AGDA, Vijay Saxena.
There will be various programmes during the three days.
Source/Reference: Navhind Times, “AGDA may take another 2 yrs to make Netravali a model village: Phaldesai“