Pomburpa villagers against nationalisation of rivers

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November 14, 2017 at 8:19 am #8127

Pomburpa-Olaulim has become another village panchayat to join the fight against plans for nationalisation of rivers and setting up of coal hub in the state.

The village gram sabha on Sunday strongly opposed both the proposals.

A villager moved a proposal opposing nationalisation of the rivers and setting up of coal hub, which was seconded and unanimously accepted by the gram sabha.

Other issues like illegal constructions, electricity and telecom problems, open defecation, and parking were also raised by the villagers.

The gram sabha was presided over by sarpanch Prabhakar Halarnkar in the presence of panchayat members and zilla panchayat member Gokuldas Halarnkar.

The locals expressed ire over frequent power cuts and poor telephone service and demanded that officials of electricity and BSNL should remain present for the next gram sabha to explain why these problems were happening in the village.

A villager also demanded that a traffic policeman should be asked to come for gram sabha as one of the major issues in the village is that of haphazard parking on the road that causes traffic congestion.

Hence, it was resolved to write to electricity department, BSNL and traffic cell requesting each to send a representative for the next gram sabha.

Panchayat secretary read out a circular that states that the panchayats have been directed to remain vigilant and take action against illegal constructions.

Former sarpanch questioned the panchayat’s stance in one case wherein recently deputy director of directorate of panchayat had passed an order asking the panchayat to follow proper procedure and act on a complaint.

Panchayat secretary informed that «the recent circular has directed us to take action against illegal constructions and we have to go as per recent circular.”

The former sarpanch said that “there was a need to have a clarification as regards the deputy director’s order and, hence, the panchayat has to write to directorate of panchayats and then action should be taken accordingly.”

A villager raised issue of filling of land belonging to church and claimed that “the issue had been brought to the notice of the panchayat; however, no action came forth.

“Hence, we had to approach flying squad to stop landfilling,” he added.

Replying on the issue, sarpanch said that ‹›a complaint was filed against unknown person; however, inspection was delayed over whom to issue notice. But we have issued a stop-work order.”

Sarpanch further informed the gram sabha that, following direction of block development officer, the panchayat is undertaking survey of all houses which are discharging waste into the village river.

The villagers demanded that panchayat should put their grievances before the concerned authority as these houses are existing for decades.

Zilla panchayat member Gokuldas Halarnkar said that «we have tried to resolve the issue by constructing septic tanks, however, the river water enters the tanks.”

Source/Reference: Navhind Times, “Pomburpa villagers against nationalisation of rivers

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