|March 13, 2018 at 5:44 pm #8179|
Carmona village panchayat on Sunday resolved to take up an awareness drive on dry waste collection while also discussing development work in the village.
During the gram sabha, sarpanch Savita Mascarenhas said that a decision has been taken by the panchayat to involve panch members and villagers in cleaning up village areas. “We will organise a garbage clean-up drive with the help of panchas and villagers in each ward and wherever necessary we will put up warning boards,” she said.
Many villagers had also requested the panchayat to install CCTVs near garbage dumping sites and to identify a segregation site that is far from the residential area.
Among other issues, the gram sabha also raised the issue of a resort that locals say is a constant nuisance with loud music and large buses plying on narrow internal roads.
A resident M Fernandes, who had also in the past written complaints about nuisances at the resort, asked why the panchayat was not revoking the licence that was issued to the said hotel.
“I have complained about the nuisance they make again and again, but it is still going on. If the road is not more than 10 metres you have every right to revoke their licence,” she said.
The panchayat has however decided to appeal against the order of the additional director of panchayat that has allowed for renewing of the resort’s licence. Locals said the licence that was issued is not as per the norm as the roads leading to the resort are less than 5 metres when the law says that the roads should be at least 10 metres wide in such situation.
The gram sabha also raised issues about the village development committees (VDC) that were constituted but later dissolved after a panch objected to the manner in which they were appointed.
Local Antonio D’Costa said funds under the scheme would have to be returned. “We are already coming to the close of the financial year and the VDCs have not even had their first meeting. The funds we receive under the Fourteenth Finance Commission will be sent back,” he said.
The sarpanch said a special gram sabha has to be called during which the new VDCs would be constituted and only then could village ward development plans be prepared.
Source/Reference: Navhind Times, “Carmona locals to be sensitised on dry waste collection“