|August 19, 2013 at 12:18 pm #4545|
The villagers of Carmona present for the gram sabha meeting on Sunday passed a resolution to oppose the Raheja real estate project as the meeting ended abruptly on Sunday.
The villagers also turned down a proposal by the real estate developer to develop a sports complex for the villagers. The villagers wanted to know how the real estate developer got permission for the construction of a compound wall. The panchayat body clarified that the permission was granted by the previous body while the connections for water and electricity were from the respective departments.
The villagers wanted to know from the panchayat body how many projects are coming up and how many are being developed by Goans and non-Goans.
It maybe recalled that the Mumbai based Raheja universal had requested the Carmona panchayat for an opportunity to present its community and project plans before the people.
Carmona deputy sarpanch Orlando Da Silva said that neither the sarpanch nor the panchayat body has any authority to take a decision on housing projects as they are required to place all such plans before the gram sabha. He further pointed out to a past resolution dated March 30, 2008 where the Carmona gram sabha had adopted a resolution that any matter relating to Raheja’s should be placed before the gram sabha for a final decision.
At Sunday’s meeting Raheja’s letter was to be placed before the gram sabha for an appropriate decision and presentation was to be made by the Raheja’s to this effect where the company would present its broad plans.
But, the villagers took an united stand to oppose the project in totality and said that there was thus no need to hold such a presentation. An unanimous resolution was then passed to reject the real estate project by the gram sabha members.
It maybe recalled that the villagers had opposed the proposal of the real estate developer for 700 odd housing units in Carmona in land admeasuring around 86,000 sq mts, on the grounds that that it would alter the village demography and affect the fragile infrastructure.
Later, the Mumbai-based developer came up with another project to build dozen-odd bungalows on the property, but the proposal was shot down by the villagers on grounds that the property is not linked by a mandatory 10-meter wide road.
Source/Reference: Times of India, “Carmona gram sabha opposes Raheja project“