|August 7, 2012 at 6:37 am #3685|
Dharbandora gram sabha on Sunday unanimously resolved to request the District Administration to lift ban on mining transport provided the road is widened.
Villagers also demanded that the mining companies should pay compensation to the houses along the route and to instruct the truck divers not to resort to overtaking.
It may be recalled that the South Goa Collector had banned mining transport along the Codli-Dharbandora-Amona route from June 11 following opposition from the villagers. However, the decision was reconsidered to lift the ban from August 20.
“The panchayat received a letter from South Goa Collector on opinion to lift the ban. The panchayat decided to discuss the matter in the gram sabha to take villagers opinion,” said Panchayat Secretary Khushalidas Gaonkar.
There was an argument among the women group and those favouring mining transportation over lifting of ban. However, the situation was brought under control after both the groups came to a solution that the road has to be widened.
The women group claimed that the narrow road was the cause of accidents and school-going children reach late to school and home.
“We don’t have opposition if the road is widened and limited trucks ply during the rainy season. We had demanded ban due to frequent road blocks and inconvenience which our school children face,” said Resha Narvenkar.
“Economically, this ban has affected us. We have truck instalments, insurance to be paid and if this continues, then I don’t know what is going to happen and how we are going to repay the loans,” said a truck owner, demanding to lift the ban.
Villagers sought to know from the panchayat how many resolutions passed so far have seen the light of the day. However, the panchayat secretary said they have sent all the resolutions passed to the concerned departments and follow-ups are done.
“There are numerous resolutions passed, but it seems that they are only on paper. The panchayat should seriously pursue the matter with the concerned departments and get the work done,” said Suraj Garad.
Villagers also suggested for a bypass road for mining transportation. The gram sabha also passed a resolution to survey Pratap Nagar area to check number of houses built.
Sarpanch Guru Gaonkar and eight panchas were present for the gram sabha.
Source/Reference: Herald, “Widen road to lift ban on mines transportation: Dharbandora“