|August 20, 2013 at 11:13 am #4552|
Villagers of Kalay-Sanguem have urged the panchayat to restart the school bus service which has been stopped since the last two months.
The villagers made the demand at the recent extra ordinary Kalay gram sabha.
Village opined that due to sudden stoppage of the school bus service, the students are compelled to walk a distance of over 12 kms to their school. Parents complained that due to lack of transport facility, the students reach home late and have to skip their lunch.
The panchayat members informed that the mining company which had commenced the school bus service in the village has stopped paying the drivers and diesel charges making it unaffordable for the panchayat to run the bus service. Panch Vilas Bicholkar said the bus has also become old and the safety of the students travelling by the bus is at stake.
Another Panch Kishor Dessai pointed out that the bus is not insured and urged the sarpanch to renew the insurance policy before bus services are commenced.
The issue regarding overcrowding in the bus and parents using the bus service also came up for discussion. Sarpanch Vaishali Naik, considering the problems faced by the student community, agreed to bear the running cost of the bus for one month and urged the members for their co-operation to arrive at some decision to operate the bus service smoothly.
The gram sabha also deliberated over increasing number of stray cattle being impounded at the fodder farm at Kalay. The villagers urged the department to increase manpower at the Kalay fodder farm, as the existing number of workers is not sufficient to cope up with daily services.
The villagers also urged the panchayat to look after the modus operandi followed by the department in burying the dead cattle as the farm in located in
Source/Reference: Herald, “Restart school bus service, urge Kalay villagers“