|July 13, 2015 at 12:36 pm #5781|
The panchayat and locals had earlier unanimously resolved at a gram sabha to block and unload sand-transport trucks if the same were found to be plying in the village during restricted hours.
The truck menace has been troubling the villagers for many months despite rules laid down by them at an earlier gram sabha.When the meeting concluded at 1.20 pm, which is restricted time for the trucks, locals noticed two trucks passing through the village and blocked the vehicles.
This is the second incident of the locals taking matters in their own hands. Last week, they blocked around 15 sand-transport trucks, which were later released by the police. The trucks drivers were unlucky this time as they were forced to unload the sand, which is a costly construction material.
Locals Shailesh Khedekar and Dinesh Naik said the unloaded sand would remain in the Verem-Vagurme panchayat’s possession and the panchayat would later auction it.The locals stated that despite the ban on sand extraction, they were tolerating it as some people and traditional businesses depended on it.
However, with the safety of the working class and school children at stake, they took a resolution to ban transportation from 6 pm – 9 am and 1 – 2 pm. Once the rules were violated, they staged agitations several times, but there was no end to the issue. As a result, they were forced to call a special gram sabha.
They stated that they wanted their children and youth to return home from school or workplace safely.The Verem-Vagurme Sarpanch Vinay Naik and Volvoi Sarpanch Vinayak Vengurlekar agreed to install boards by the roadside informing about the restricted timing for heavy vehicles and the decision to unload trucks violating rules.
On July 9, Savoi Verem locals submitted a memorandum with the signatures of 230 locals to the deputy collector, Ponda Dy SP, Mamlatdar and transport officials. They had threatened to take matters into their own hands if no action was taken against the trucks that were plying during restricted hours.
Source/Reference: Herald, “Savoi Verem locals block trucks for plying during restricted hours“