|November 6, 2017 at 1:12 pm #8122|
The issues of sewage being released into Baga creek by hoteliers and guesthouses and non-installation of LED streetlights dominated Arpora-Nagoa gram sabha on Sunday.
The residents of Arpora-Baga pointed out that sewage water is being released by hotels and guesthouses into the creek and because of it people have to bear the awful smell that emanates from the water.
The local fishermen have also stopped fishing in the water body due to sewage presence in it, they said.
The villagers informed the gram sabha that a hotel has encroached upon the space along the creek. This issue was discussed by Ana De Mello and Sankhwadi panch member Vidhyadhar Divkar.
Sarpanch of Arpora-Nagoa Shrikrishna Nagvekar assured the gram sabha that the panchayat will write to the hotels and guesthouses asking them not to release sewage into the creek, and a warning would given that if found releasing the waste their licences would be revoked.
On the issue of encroachment, the sarpanch said that the hotel in question will be sent a notice to clear the encroachment.
Further the residents said that LED fixtures have not been installed in their village, and went on to say that the panchayat had promised to get LED lights installed on the street poles before Diwali.
The locals wanted to know whether the government would be installing LED lights before the Christmas or not. The sarpanch told the gram sabha that the issue has been taken up by the panchayat with the MLA.
The locals also pointed out that stray cattle and dogs are creating nuisance in the village and urged the panchayat to take immediate action on it.
The Rabbis Mission has contacted the panchayat to sterilise the stray dogs, but an NGO was creating a problem, said the sarpanch.
The villagers also objected to nationalisation of rivers in the state and handling and transportation of coal. Sarpanch said that the panchayat will be writing to the Captain of Ports on the nationalisation of rivers, and the Goa State Pollution Control Board will be asked to find out the ill effects of coal handling in Goa.
During the meeting, the panchayat constituted a child committee as recommended by the government.
Source/Reference: Navhind Times, “Residents seek panchayat action on sewage discharge into Baga creek“