|April 27, 2015 at 7:10 pm #5699|
The issues of an illegal mini India park project, unauthorized structures on comunidade land, stalemate on the Regional Plan (RP) 2021 and an incomplete market complex at Thane dominated the Sunday gram sabha of the Cortalim-Quelossim panchayat.
The meeting chaired by sarpanch Hilario Figueiredo witnessed a discussion on a host of issues. A member, Mariano Dias, said that non-finalization of RP 2021 was leading to illegalities. Clandestine development activities were destroying the land, but villagers were in the dark about the legal aspects.
The matter regarding the Mini India park, which is proposed in a riverside eco-sensitive zone, also produced some heat and dust. An activist, Lopino Xavier, sought to know what action the panchayat had initiated on a resolution to file a civil suit against the property owner for mud filling in a part of khazan land. The project was proposed in a 9,16,375 sq m area of survey Nos. 170/1 and 171/1 and villagers had lodged a complaint in October 2012.
It came to light that the panchayat had not initiated any steps in the matter. A show-cause notice had been issued earlier. Dias also raised the issue of a three-storeyed market complex in Thane. Hardly 25% of the work has been done and speculation is rife that lack of funds has stalled it and it may even be reduced by a floor. The sarpanch was unable to say when it would be completed.
The members also decided to take a 12-member delegation to meet local MLA and forest minister Alina Saldanha, after Donald Pereira raised the issue of a few roads being in a dilapidated condition.
ZP member Anthony Vaz who was present for some time and hailed by members on being elected, urged the panchayat to forward him development proposals.
The members also grilled the panchayat about the non-demolition of illegal hutments on comunidade land. These were to be razed almost a year ago. The members urged the panchayat to write to the deputy collector about the matter and send a copy to the panchayat minister. The stoppage of door-to-door collection of waste during the last few days also irked the members. The contractor had not been paid, as the panchayat had not received funds from the government. Members suggested that he be paid from panchayat funds, but no final decision was taken. Members also expressed disappointment over the stalemate in bifurcating the Cortalim-Quelossim panchayat. The panchayat had written to the panchayat minister on the issue and he had asked the directorate of panchayats to look into it, the members were told.
Source/Reference: Times of India, “Illegal structures, RP 2021 dominate Cortalim-Quelossim gram sabha“