|May 23, 2016 at 12:11 pm #6531|
The controversial issues of the proposed IT hub, construction licences to multi-dwelling units and development of Chimbel lake dominated the gram sabha at Chimbel on Sunday. The meet was presided over by a female sarpanch for the first time in many years.
Sarpanch Manisha Chopdekar chaired the meeting which was attended by more than 500 members in the presence of a police team. The villagers unanimously reiterated their opposition to the proposed IT project on agricultural land in Chimbel, stating that it would destroy the land being cultivated since time immemorial.
Though they had passed resolutions demanding that it be dropped, they decided to adopt another one, as they were not sure whether the previous sarpanch had forwarded them to the government. The sarpanch told the members that she is not aware about the IT hub project as it was handled by former deputy sarpanch Chandrakant P Kunkolkar.
Chopdekar assured those present that she would pursue the IT project issue and consider using the same land for the welfare of the villagers. The development of Chimbel lake, which was tapped by the Portuguese to supply water to Panaji, a project which has been pending for many decades would also be taken up, she said. A member demanded to know how the panchayat had issued construction licences to several projects with more than ten flats despite a standing order from the High court of Bombay at Goa not to grant any approval to such projects.
Chopdekar said the licences may have been given during the tenure of the previous incumbent and assured to carry out a study and consider cancelling them. A section of participants allegedly resorted to shouting forcing the police to warn them and even deputy sarpanch, Chandrakant P Kunkolkar, who was recently ousted through a no-confidence motion as deputy sarpanch.
Source/Reference: Times of India, “Chimbel discusses controversial IT hub“