|February 26, 2018 at 4:32 pm #8170|
The gram sabha of the Chimbel village panchayat on Sunday unanimously rejected the inclusion of parts of the village in the Greater Panaji Planning and Development Authority, thundering that the GPPDA can’t be imposed on them like the information technology park, which is taking shape in the village.
The gram sabha, which was attended by over hundred villagers, came down heavily on TCP Minister Vijai Sardesai and former St Cruz MLA Atanasio ‘Babush’ Monserrate for including the village parts in the GPPDA.
Sarpanch Chandrakant Kunkolkar vowed to seek de-notification of the Chimbel village areas from the GPPDA. The sarpanch was strongly supported by panchas – ruling as well as Opposition – at the gram sabha, which saw deployment of police personnel.
The panchayat is solidly behind the people and will not act against their wishes, the sarpanch said amidst applauses from the people, adding that question of resigning or writing a letter to the authority withdrawing himself from the GPPDA does not arise at all as he has neither received a letter from the GPPDA nor he has written to them.
Govind Shirodkar, a villager, asserted that now skyscrapers will mushroom in the idyllic villages of Chimbel, Santa Cruz, Bambolim, Curca and Azossim, which have been included into the GPPDA.
The builder lobby has exhausted the land in Panaji. Hence it is now eyeing the pristine land in the surround villages, Shirodkar said observing that lakes and hillocks will be converted into the concrete jungle.
He said that villagers at present undergo a lot hardship for basic amenities like electricity and water. Besides, the villages are plagued by garbage menace.
The emergence of skyscrapers will worsen the situation, throwing the entire Tiswadi taluka into throes of crisis.
They urged Sardesai to put things in place first and then talk.
Another villager Sitaram Kunkolkar emphasised on saving land of Chimbel for posterity, as little of the land, lakes and hills remains now,and if we use up whatever that remains then our children will suffer in future.
Castigating Sardesai for his “dictatorial” attitude vis- -vis the GPPDA, the villagers asked as why they should approach him when he failed to take them into confidence while including the village in the GPPDA.
The villagers praised former ministers for their attempt to preserve the heritage and topography of the village.
Source/Reference: Navhind Times, “Chimbel gram sabha says no to GPPDA“