|November 6, 2017 at 1:20 pm #8123|
The villagers of Camurlim, on Sunday, strongly opposed nationalisation of rivers and transportation of coal through river Chapora.
Issues related to LPG cylinders, streetlights on Maina Patto-Housing Board road stretch, bus service on Sundays, sand extraction were raised.
The gram sabha was presided over by sarpanch Vishant Naik Gaonkar in the presence of panchayat secretary Manjita Phadte and other panch members.
Panch Sharad Gad moved a resolution opposing nationalisation of rivers and transportation of coal through Chapora river.
The villagers supported the resolution, and strongly objected to nationalisation of rivers stating that the traditional fishermen will be affected, and went on to pass the resolution.
The issue of cutting of bushes in a private land was also raised. The panchayat was asked as to how the bush cutting was allowed.
A villager Jeonard Noronha questioned the sarpanch as to how the bush cutting was allowed in the green belt area and why no action is being taken by the panchayat.
The sarpanch informed that “the panchayat has already issued stop-work order but despite it bushes were cut. In this regard, we have even written to Collector.”
Another villager questioned about the status of the resolution pertaining to no bus service on Sundays and said that “despite passing a resolution still there is no bus service on Sundays, and as a result the villagers have to face inconvenience, especially, those who do not have their own vehicles.”
The sarpanch informed that “we already held a meeting with bus owners in the presence of RTO officials. Bus owners claimed that there are hardly any passengers when operating the buses on Sundays and have to incur losses.”
The villagers demanded that all the bus owners should be called at next gram sabha to work out a solution to the problem.
They also raised the issue of non-functional streetlights along Maina Patto-Housing Board stretch and informed the sarpanch that electrical fixtures along the 1-kilometre stretch are missing and so the miscreants indulge in anti-social activities.
The sarpanch assured to take up the matter and resolve it.
He also informed that “the panchayat has issued notices to all bars operating in Camurlim, and asked the owners not to operate the bars beyond 10 pm,” and added that the panchayat has also requested the police to crack down on public smoking and drinking at late night in the village.
Noronha raised the issue of extraction of sand during nighttime and said that “we have no issue with sand extraction in the village but even extractors should ensure that no disturbance is created during the nighttime.”
“As per the law, this activity should not go on between 6 pm and 6 am, however, despite that the activity is being carried out during nighttime and labourers engaged in the activity cause disturbance,” he added.
Over the demand for action against the LPG dealer for not delivering the cylinders in internal areas of the village, the sarpanch said that “in this regard, we had written to the gas agency, and now we can write to Civil Supplies Department informing about the issue.”
Source/Reference: Navhind Times, “Camurlim locals oppose nationalisation of rivers, coal transportation“