Chimbel rejects 4 key projects

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November 30, 2015 at 11:57 am #6039

Claiming that the village does not have adequate land, the Chimbel gram sabha on Sunday rejected all the government projects proposed in the village – IT park, AYUSH research centre, ESI hospital and biomedical waste plant.

Sarpanch Mohini Narve said the government has failed to take the villagers into confidence vis-à-vis the projects, adding that the villagers do not want any of these projects in the village.

Narve said she and all the panchas are with the villagers in their opposition to the projects.

This is the second time that the IT park project has been rejected by the Chimbel villagers. In February, this year, the Chimbel gram sabha had rejected the project as it has been proposed in farmland.

In January, this year, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar had said the Rajiv Gandhi IT habitat project would be shifted from Dona Paula to Chimbel.

In August, this year, Union Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Naik had announced that the All India Research Centre for Ayurveda would be set up at Chimbel, and the centre would also have 100-bed facility.

The villagers attending Sunday’s gram sabha vowed not to part with an inch of land to the government for the projects, adding that 80 per cent of the villagers are tribals.

They demanded that at least 1000 sq. mt each should be given out to tribals living in the village.

Govind Shirodkar, a villager, pointed out that that the village now is left with
only 6-7 lakh sq mt of unoccupied land, and that the villagers do not have purchasing power to buy flats and houses at the prevalent prices.

However,  Anand Babli opined that the government should conduct a survey in the village on the projects, as hardly 50 villagers attended the gram sabha, who are not even 5 per cent of the village population.

There is a need to create awareness amongst the people of the village and the survey, if conducted, would focus on people’s pulse for the projects, as villagers do not know how these projects could be beneficial for them, he said.

When questioned about 1000 sq. mt plot promised to each tribal, the sarpanch said that she would take up the matter with government officials and then convey decision of the government to the villagers at the next gram sabha.

Deputy sarpanch Chandrakant Kunkolkar conducted the proceedings of the gram sabha.

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