|July 23, 2018 at 11:32 am #8253|
Issues of regularisation of illegal houses, garbage and the plan to collect one-month rent from rented rooms dominated the Saligao gram sabha which was held at the panchayat hall on Sunday.
Villagers raised the issue of illegal houses being constructed on communidade land and fields and the government plan to regularise them. Attorney of Saligao communidade Austin De Gama raised the issue and told the gram sabha that the government cannot regularise the illegal structures on communidade land and he will move the High Court over it. Saligao sarpanch Lafira Gomes assured to take action against illegal structures if the communidade apprises it in writing.
When questioned by villagers if the panchayat has collected house tax from all houses, the sarpanch claimed that the panchayat has collected only 80 per cent of house tax and the panchayat officials will visit the houses along with respective panch members to collect unpaid taxes and then take necessary action.
A villager Mario Cordeiro raised the issue of garbage not being collected by the panchayat due to “lack” of funds with the panchayat as it relies only on house taxes adding, “The panchayat is not collecting money from house owners giving rooms on rent in contravention of the Panchayat Raj Act. If this is done, the panchayat will have surplus budget.”
He claimed that around 3,147 rooms in Saligao have been rented out and if only Rs 2,000 each is collected, the panchayat will have a lot of money which it can use to improve garbage collection in the village.
The other issue the villagers raised was the falling of leachate from trucks transporting garbage to the Saligao plant which they claimed has caused many accidents involving two-wheelers and also the stench emanating.
The sarpanch said that she has made a letter to the garbage plant officials in this regard.
On outsiders dumping garbage in fields and nullahs in the village, the panchayat has taken a resolution to impose a fine of Rs 5,000 and requested the villagers to stay vigilant, she said.
Villagers also raised the issue of culvert near the Hindu crematorium not being re-constructed posing danger to people. The sarpanch assured to construct the culvert but due to rains the PWD could not take up the work as the place is inundated.
Villagers raised the issue of demarcation of bus stops as local bus operators halt them as per their whims and fancies causing problem to other road users. The sarpanch said that the panchayat does not have land to construct bus stops adding “If the communidade of Saligao allots land or some land owner donates land, then bus stops can be constructed.”
Villagers raised the issue of illegal scrapyards operating in fields. The communidade attorney Austin De Gama said that there is High Court directive to remove the scrapyards. Villagers brought to the notice of the gram sabha that the panchayat should patch up the potholes posing danger to two-wheeler riders.
Source/Reference: Navhind Times, “Regularisation of houses, garbage issues dominate Saligao gram sabha“