|July 2, 2013 at 8:48 am #4376|
Social activist Xavier Fernandes is the new Sarpanch of the village Panchayat of Raia.
In the elections held on Monday for the vacant post, Xavier was elected unopposed after the presiding officer received his lone nomination paper.
His candidature was proposed by outgoing Sarpanch Rumamdo Gonsalves and Isidore Rodrigues.
After his election, Xavier told media persons that the Raia Panchayat would continue to oppose the proposed Shiroda-Rachol bridge over river Zuari. “I will honour the stand adopted by the Panchayat in the past against the bridge. Even if the government wants to build the bridge only for light vehicles, it will be opposed by the new body since the narrow village roads will not be able to bear the additional traffic,” he said.
He said the new body would continue to pursue the programs of the previous body for socio-economic development of people.
Source/Reference: Herald, “New Raia VP sarpanch vows to oppose bridge“