|October 9, 2013 at 5:24 pm #4718|
The boundary dispute between Chimbel and Merces panchayats figured prominently at the Chimbel gram sabha on Sunday with villagers chiding the Chimbel panchayat for not taking any action in the matter even when a resolution to this effect was passed way back in 2011.
Tukaram Kunkolkar highlighted that in 2011 it was resolved that the panchayat should take legal recourse to incorporate parts of Morombi-O-Grande in the Chimbel village plan since these parts are shown as parts of Merces.
Joining the discussion, Gurudas Shirodkar sought to know what action the panchayat has taken for the past two years over the issue.
When Deputy Sarpanch Chandrakant Kunkolkar informed that the issue is currently in the court of the Deputy Director of Panchayats, another villager sought to know how it is then that the Merces panchayat is issuing licences in Morombi-O-Grande areas of Chimbel.
Kunkolkar, however, said he was unaware of such developments but assured that he would appoint a committee to inquire into the matter. But, the villagers raised apprehension that the villagers were being taken for a ride by such assurances when in two years, the panchayat has done nothing.
The issue of non-collection of garbage also figured with several villagers complaining that garbage in their areas is not collected periodically. The villagers further demanded that the panchayat should maintain a register which should be signed by the ward panch and a prominent villager from the area, as and when garbage is collected.
“If the contractor fails to collect garbage periodically, his payment should be kept on hold,” it was resolved.
The refusal of the Union HS to vacate the room on the ground floor for housing the Primary Health Centre (PHC) also figured with Kunkolkar informing that the school’s headmaster is misguiding the media and parents of the students that they have been asked to shift the school.
“We have only asked the school to shift its office from the ground floor to the first floor,” Kunkolkar informed while adding that the room is required so that a non-bedded PHC, approved by the government for Chimbel, could be set up there.
“If we do not grab the opportunity, PHC could be allotted to some other village,” Kunkolkar added.
Speaking on the issue, Paul Fernandes said several years ago he had warned the panchayat that it is making a mistake by allotting the premises to the school and that too without charging any rent.
“My fears have come true,” Fernandes opined and added that, at least now, the panchayat should charge the school rent so that the panchayat does not lose on the much needed revenue.
It was also decided that the panchayat should fix a meeting with the school management so that a solution could be worked out.
Meanwhile, some villagers had to return home disappointed as their proposals could not be taken up after the gram sabha was abruptly ended.
Source/Reference: Herald, “Villagers chide Chimbel VP’s inaction over border dispute“