|November 13, 2017 at 10:15 am #8125|
Joining their voices with the rest of the state, the locals of Cavelossim unanimously decided to oppose transportation of coal in the state while also reiterating their objection to nationalisation of rivers. Additionally, they also discussed at length the illegal fishing activity in the village, demanding that the panchayat put a stop to it immediately.
A resolution was taken to oppose coal handling in the state citing that it would increase air pollution, thereby causing respiratory diseases; rivers would be destroyed due to dredging and, thus, would affect the marine ecosystem that the state thrives on.
The issue of illegal fishing has been brought to light when a local complained of fish unloading and boat pulling along the banks of river Sal. It was informed that the labourers employed for the work were involved in open defecation, with many raising the issue of sanitation.
The locals also pointed to how only the Betul jetty was to be used for unloading.
Responding to this, the sarpanch informed that trade licences had been obtained by the owner, but it could not be ascertained what the licence was given for and, hence, the panchayat would issue a show cause notice.
Adding to the issue of trade licences, sarpanch Dionizio Dias said, “We will soon begin revising the trade taxes and all businesses would be checked and verified. There will also be a yearly verification. It has been learnt that nearly 90 per cent of the trade licences in the village have not been renewed.”
It was also unanimously decided to conduct surprise inspections along with the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) to check if hotels in the village were involved in releasing sewage into neighbouring areas.
A decision was also taken to allow four traditional beach vendors from the village to set up shops on the beach.
The issue was raised by Ana Rodrigues and three other women who have in the past sold items to tourists on the beach.
“The police come and seize our items and stop us from conducting our activity. They say we are the reason for the Lamanis to also carry out business on the beach,” said Fernandes at the gram sabha.
The sarpanch assured of writing to the tourism department, minister, police and local MLA to authorise the four women to carry on with their vending activity.
Source/Reference: Navhind Times, “Cavelossim locals demand stop to illegal fishing, oppose coal transportation“