Chicalim gram sabha demand rethink on approval to mega project at Alto Dabolim

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May 9, 2016 at 11:23 am #6471

Chicalim gram sabha on Sunday strongly opposed mega projects in the village and demanded that approval given to a mega project, comprising 175 flats, at Alto Dabolim, be reconsidered.

A villager Albino Vales questioned the sarpanch Prajyoti Kudalkar over the approval given to the project. He demanded that it be reconsidered in the interest of the village.

He also raised questions over a drain which is said to be flowing in the open near the project site. “The labourers working at the site are creating a nuisance and the people around are facing a health hazard,” Vales said. He asked the panchayat to issue notice to the owner of the project in this regard.

Replying to Vales, sarpanch Kudalkar said that the earlier panchayat body had approved the project allegedly without taking the panch members into confidence.

“We had opposed the project, however, it was approved by bypassing us as we were in the opposition,” Kudalkar said.

Vales also raised objection over extraction of water from borewells at Alto Dabolim for commercial purpose. “The borewells are located in the survey number 60 of Dabolim village where water extraction is going on unabatedly,” he said and demanded prompt action against those involved in it.

Another resident James D’Costa criticised the panch members for skipping the gram sabha. “It is the duty of the elected panch members to be present for gram sabhas in order to know the grievances of the people. It is disappointing that only four panchas including the sarpanch Kudalkar attended the meeting,” he said.

“The panch members should know their responsibilities, but in Chicalim the panchas are not aware of their duties and the importance of attending the gram sabhas,” he added. He said the panchayat should record the proceedings of the gram sabhas.

Avita Costa brought to the notice of the sarpanch that people dump garbage in the open and destroy it by setting it on fire. She said it should not be allowed as it poses health hazard.

She also complained about the trucks that transport mud without covering it, thereby causing inconvenience to other road users.

Vales demanded that the panchayat should impose heavy fine, starting from Rs 5,000, on such truck owners to bring discipline on the roads.

The issue pertaining to dumping of garbage in the valley near Matvem and Alto Dabolim was raised by the gram sabha wherein the sarpanch Kudalkar assured of initiating a prompt action against those responsible for it. The gram sabha also demanded that drains and gutters be cleared of waste before the monsoon.

Source/Reference: Navhind Times, “Chicalim locals demand rethink on approval to 175-flat project at Alto Dabolim

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