|November 28, 2017 at 10:39 am #8134|
Candolim villagers sought revocation of licences granted to builders, so also voiced out against casino operation in Candolim and called for protection of biodiversity during the gram sabha held on Sunday.
A villager claimed that the central government was funding a road from Baga to Sinquerim and if this road was built it would spell doom for the biodiversity.
Sarpanch Blaize Fernandes said that on the road issue, the panchayat will be with the villagers and will not allow destruction of biodiversity.
The issue of sand dunes at Candolim beach, which are destroyed, was also raised, while a villager expressed concern over fields being converted for commercial purposes, by carrying out land filling.
Further the villagers pointed out that if the WRD takes up construction of bundh then it needs to be done using traditional methods for protection of shell fish and crabs.
The villagers also pointed out that since 2015 resolutions were being taken against casinos in the village and yet such an activity had started in the village. They sought to know why there was another casino coming up in Candolim and that it needed to be opposed.
The sarpanch told the gram sabha that the panchayat has not issued any licence to the casino which is operating illegally in the village in a star hotel and that the chief minister has also been informed to revoke the licence.
They also objected to a proposal of a floating jetty at Sinquerim, citing that it would affect activity of fishermen and others.
On different committees to be formed, the sarpanch said that the committees will be constituted and a meeting will be held in that regard.
Other issues like non-functioning of streetlights, incidents of bag snatchings, need for installation of CCTV cameras was also raised.
The residents also raised concern over traffic management and said that it needed to be put in place before the Christmas season kicks in.
A resolution was passed opposing plans over coal handling and nationalisation of rives.
The villagers also questioned the sarpanch as to why the garbage bins were removed from the roadside. However, the sarpanch said that the stray cattle cause problems as they rummage through the bins and scatter the garbage.
Source/Reference: Navhind Times, “Revoke licences granted to builders: Candolim villagers “