|June 5, 2016 at 8:17 pm #6573|
Borim residents gheraoed the sarpanch in her cabin for nearly an hour demanding action against unknown miscreants who had demolished a newly constructed temporary crematorium in the village.
They highlighted their plight in the absence of a crematorium, and accused the panchayat of failing to handle the issue and the politicians for interfering in the matter.
The locals also accused the Devari family from Borim of being involved in the demolition of the crematorium and demanded action against them.
It may be recalled that after repeated demands from locals and resolutions at the gram sabha and constant follow-ups by Deulwada residents, the Borim panchayat obtained 1,000 square metres of land from the Borim comunidade in 2009, and on May 18 this year, constructed a temporary crematorium at a cost of Rs 21,000. However, the crematorium was demolished the very next day.
Addressing the media, Borim locals said they had informed the panchayat about the incident twice around 15 days ago, but the panchas and the sarpanch had still not lodged a complaint with the police or even inspected the site. They also criticised the panch of Deulwada ward for ignoring the problem.
Meanwhile, Borim acting Sarpanch Prasheela Mule said she did not know about the incident as she had taken charge a few days ago.
“After so many obstacles, we gave the work order for a crematorium and it was constructed. If it has been demolished, the panchayat will look into matter. I was not aware of the incident as I had taken charge few days ago,” said Mule.
The locals have also accused the Ponda BDO and local MLA Mahadev Naik of failing to act in the matter, due to which they were facing great hardships.
Incidentally, a full-fledged crematorium was to be constructed in 2012 on 1,000 sq mts of land at an estimated cost of Rs 7.96 lakh.
Siddesh Borkar, a local, stated that in the absence of a crematorium, the villagers had to take the body of their loved ones for final rights to the Ponda or Margao crematorium, which he said was far away. He further said that both crematoriums were sometimes busy the entire day, due to which the villagers had to return to Borim with the body and perform the final rites next to their houses.
It may also be recalled that an area of 47,000 sq mts in Borim, including the 1,000 sq mts allotted for the crematorium, has become a disputed site with the Devari family claiming ownership. However, the Borim comunidade had rubbished the family’s claim and said that the land belongs to the comunidade. The issue is learnt to be sub-judice.
Source/Reference: Herald, “Borim locals gherao sarpanch over demolished crematorium“