|November 6, 2017 at 9:42 am #8121|
The Sangolda village panchayat’s gram sabha held at the panchayat ghar went out of control on Sunday over a no-objection certificate (NOC) given to a microbrewery unit, which is proposed to start operations at a location within 100 metres of a chapel in the village.
The gram sabha had to be adjourned for a while and the situation was brought under control with the help of Saligao police personnel.
Villagers created a ruckus during the gram sabha and abused an elected member of the panchayat over a provisional NOC given to the microbrewery unit, which is proposed to function in vicinity of Maie De Deus chapel in the village.
Allegations were levelled against the panchayat of taking money and issuing licence to the microbrewery. Locals also alleged that a night club could be coming up within 100 metres of the Maie De Deus chapel. Tempers rose high at the gram sabha with even the chapel committee strongly objecting to the microbrewery coming up in the vicinity of the chapel. The elected members of the panchayat adjourned the gram sabha and called police, as locals started fighting over the issue.
As the cops arrived, some villagers requested sarpanch Premanand Kochrekar to restart the gram sabha, which was adjourned for half an hour. However, panch member of Maie De Deus demanded an apology from the villagers for abusing him in public. When the gram sabha restarted, a memorandum given by parish priest of Sangolda Fr Neville Gracias was read out. The memorandum demanded revocation of licences given to a commercial establishment to start the microbrewery in the village.
The sarpanch informed the gram sabha that government authorities have provided the unit owner all the licences with even the excise department issuing licence. “We have only given him the provisional NOC. As people do not want, the licence will be revoked,” he said.
In order to tide over the financial burden of the panchayat in collecting garbage from house to house, the sarpanch suggested that every house pay one rupee every day as garbage collection fees. With 1,700 houses existing in Sangolda, this suggestion could help lessen the panchayat’s financial burden to some extent, he said. He said the panchayat pays Rs 14.91 lakh to collect door-to-door garbage and the panchayat’s budgetary provision for garbage collection is only Rs 5.4 lakh. The additional amount has been sought from the government, he said.
However, the gram sabha refused the offer reasoning out that the locals treat their own wet garbage in their backyard. The villagers said that the panchayat has to only collect the dry garbage. They also said that the people residing in tenanted flats, and commercial establishments in the village generate most of the garbage and added that these tenanted flats and business concerns should shoulder the financial burden with regard to garbage collection.
A resident suggested that a new water tank be constructed to solve the water scarcity problem faced by residents of Alto Bella Vista area in the village. Villagers also raised the issue of bad roads. A resolution was passed raising objection to the nationalisation of rivers and coal handling and transportation.
Source/Reference: Navhind Times, “Ruckus at Sangolda gram sabha over NOC to brewery“