13 Jan 2017 02:48am IST
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13 Jan 2017 02:48am IST
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Locals accuse MLA Kandolkar of promoting the Horticulture Corp and ignoring his constituents and the constituency


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Tivim constituency is a classic case of poor development despite Kiran Kandolkar being the sitting MLA in the ruling coalition government. 

Development in the BJP constituency has taken a backseat as the shed built for the Kandolkar-headed Horticulture Corporation outlets lies in a deplorable condition. 

The shed where hundreds of Tivim locals queue up to avail quality vegetables at cheap prices is in a mess. 

Vrushal Palyekar, a local resident complained, saying “On one hand, our MLA, who is the chairman of State Horticulture Corporation, is promoting the corporation by introducing air-conditioned outlets in urban areas but he has completely ignored his constituents and the constituency, which he represents.” 

 “Except for electricity, the MLA has failed to take up routine work such as repair and widening of roads in the seven village panchayats of the constituency. The major district road, which passes through the constituency, has been partly widened and repaired but the same has several bottlenecks. Traffic along this route is comparatively high as it connects the road leading to the neighbouring Belgaum district in Karnataka and is also linked to the Tivim Railway Station, he added. 

The Anganwadi No 116 at Volvonem in the constituency is in a sorry state of affairs. The same, which operates in a gallery of a private residence, lacks a proper toilet facility and there is no play ground for the children. 

An Anganwadi worker said, “We don’t have any provision to manage the anganwadi as the department provides only Rs 200 per month and the same is paid by the local panchayat as rent. In this budget what else you can expect”, she asked. 

The constituency is facing a major problem of unemployment among the youth, for which they blame the government. 

The youth too have been demanding better playgrounds in the constituency and have accused the local MLA and the authorities of turning deaf towards their demands. 

“We have seen no development in this tenure except a few road works that too in view of the upcoming elections”, John Braganza, a local businessman said. 

“The constituency, which is a home to the farmers, bears witness to agricultural fields lying barren. The canals constructed for irrigation purpose have run dry,” he added. 

Locals complained saying, “There is no potable water scarcity in Tivim but the regular repair and replacement of pipes have not been carried out for years, which has resulted water wastage due to leakages. 

Leena D’Souza, a resident of Fortir-Tivim said, “Once upon a time there were 40 families residing in the village but they have migrated due to water shortage. As of now there is plenty of water, but the negligence on the part of authorities in carrying out regular repair and replacement of pipes has resulted in wastage of water at many places.” 

It may be recalled that the 2012 Assembly election for the Tivim seat, witnessed a contest between five candidates. 

BJP’s Kiran Kandolkar had defeated former MLA and ex-minister Nilkanth Halarnkar in the erstwhile Congress government by 1112 votes. 

This time, only three candidates have been finalised – Kiran Kandolkar-BJP, Nilkanth Halarnkar-Congress and Pradeep Ghadi Amonkar for AAP.  
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