Chicalim panchayat revokes cowshed licence

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August 3, 2015 at 10:47 am #5810

Chicalim panchayat has finally taken a decision to revoke the licence of the cowshed situated outside the naval armament depot at Chicalim, owned by S N Desai. The resolution was taken by the panchayat unanimously on Friday and the panchayat secretary has been asked to start the procedure for this by Chicalim sarpanch Rubina Rodrigues. In the show cause notice, the panchayat clearly mentions that the cowshed falls under CRZ area.

Soon after the revocation of the licence, the panchayat will move for demolition, Rodrigues informed TOI. “The panchayat had given the permission or licence only to start a cowshed, but no permission from the panchayat has been obtained so far to carry out any commercial activity,” she said. Robert Miranda, a resident, said “Initially, the shed started with a couple of buffaloes but now it houses about 40 buffaloes and does commercial activity in full swing.”

For a year now, the residents have been asking all the government departments to take action against the cowshed for its polluting nature as it affects their health due to breeding of flies, the unhygienic way the shed is being maintained, and the bad odor that emanates from the shed every day.

The naval armament depot at Chicalim is at risk due to the burning of trees just outside the depot gate by the shed workers. Highly placed officials from the depot said, “There are enough of explosives kept in the depot which is enough to damage the entire port town along with Chicalim village.”

On July 26, depot officials submitted a report to deputy collector, Salcete, Ajit Panchwadkar informing him that the owner of the cowshed lit a fire in the vicinity of the explosive storage and proof facility which is a matter of concern due to the storage of explosives. Depot fire services have doused the fire lit by the owner on many occasions. It is further opined that any uncontrollable fire will lead to a disastrous effect. The cowshed is built at a distance of barely 100m from the depot’s main gate.

Source/Reference: Times of India, “Chicalim p’yat revokes cowshed licence

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