|November 13, 2017 at 10:57 am #8126|
Garbage collection and panchayat fund crunch were the main issues that were discussed during the Guirim gram sabha which was held at the panchayat hall on Sunday.
The villagers expressed displeasure over the way the garbage collection is being done by the panchayat. They said, “Nothing is in place. Garbage is collected after every four days. No garbage bins placed at the strategic points in the village. Tenants staying in rented premises are throwing garbage outside the bins while travelling to their workplace on their two-wheelers.”
They informed that the stray dogs rummage through the garbage thrown outside the garbage bins, and questioned the panchayat body as to why door-to-door garbage is not being collected.
A local said that during the last gram sabha, it was decided to educate the people on segregation of garbage but till date nothing has been done. He then went on to ask as to why tax on rented premises is not raised to meet the escalating expenditure for carrying out door-to-door garbage collection.
Deputy sarpanch Sunny Nanodkar informed that the panchayat does not have funds to carry out door-to-door garbage collection.
“The panchayat has only one vehicle at its disposal to collect garbage. As the garbage treatment plant at Saligao is not accepting non-segregated garbage. A lot of time is wasted in segregating the garbage, and the vehicle carrying the garbage has to wait for 4 to 5 hours in a queue at the plant. And as such the contractor is not in a position to lift the garbage every day,” Nanodkar added.
The deputy sarpanch mentioned that the panchayat is facing a deficit of Rs 2,93,241 and as such some development works are pending, and added that the previous sarpanch utilised the funds to carry out development works in the village, without following the laid-down rules.
At this point of time, the ex-sarpanch Fondu Naik said that the funds were collected by him and had the right to spend it on development works pertaining to the village.
But the funds were utilised for the development work without following the panchayat rules, said the panchayat secretary.
The villagers questioned the panchayat members as to why the people from Arradi were kept in the dark over the project that is coming up and for which hill is being cut by the developer.
They said that hill cutting could trigger landslide thereby damaging the road passing through the property above it.
A local brought to the notice of the gram sabha that in Guirim there is no playground and children have to go to other villages to play.
The villagers pointed out that the nullah that runs from Flinton House to the panchayat office in Perxit ward has not been de-silted.
The issue of access road from the main road to the Brahman Rashtroli temple at Perxitwaddo was raised once again, and the sarpanch Chetali Morajkar informed that the landowner is not issuing an NOC to construct the road.
“The storm water drains along the narrow road at Perxitwaddo need to be covered with RCC slabs to stop the inconvenience caused to the residents and motorists,” said a resident.
At this juncture, the sarpanch said that the drains will be covered with RCC slabs.
Stating that the streetlights in the village are not functional, and the village roads have developed potholes, the villagers pointed out that youth coming from other villages drink and break liquor bottles in the fields, which is causing problem to the farmers.
Source/Reference: Navhind Times, “Guirim villagers pick holes in garbage collection“