Gram sabha says in reality it is a ploy to help corporate houses, which are eyeing to build more hotels in coastal areas; Demands job preference to the local youth in the industries located in Verna Industrial Estate
VASCO: The Quelossim panchayat gram sabha on Sunday unanimously resolved to oppose the amendment to the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) Notification, 2011 (brought into effect by the Union Ministry on March 6) to reduce the CRZ, No Development Zone from 200 meters to 50 meters along coastal areas and from 100 metres to 20 metres from the river/creek.
The gram sabha said that though Union Ministry said that the amendment is to give an opportunity for builders and developers to regularise their projects along coastal areas, however in reality it is a ploy to help corporate houses, which are eyeing to build more hotels in coastal areas.
“The amendment will destroy the natural sand dunes, which protect the coastal villages and will obstruct the free movement of the people on the beach where rampant constructions are bound to emerge and we have decided and resolved to oppose the amendment to CRZ notification 2011,” said Lopinho Xavier, who is Chairman of Quelossim Biodiversity Committee.
Xavier also raised the issue of Mini India Park wherein he sought to know from the panchayat as to what reply ‘Movaj Enterprises Pvt Ltd’, who is the project proponent of Mini India site, gave after the panchayat revoked its NOC. To this, Deputy Sarpanch Sebastiao Serrao informed that on March 14, 2018, Movaj Enterprises had applied for fresh permission before the panchayat and this time they had sought NOC for a floating platform and for water sports activity within his property.
After lengthy discussion on the issue, it was unanimously resolved not to issue any NOC to Movaj Enterprises and to inform him not to commence any work for Mini India park project without obtaining permission/NOC from the panchayat, failing which action will be initiated against him as per the law of land.
Quelossim gram sabha also demanded first job preference to the local youth in the industries located in Verna Industrial Estate. It was informed by the panchayat that around 100 industries/companies are operating under Quelossim panchayat jurisdiction but the locals are not getting any employment. Finally, the gram sabha unanimously resolved that panchayat should immediately write letters to the management of such industrial units, which are operating under the Panchayat jurisdiction, asking them to inform the panchayat about any existence of job vacancies in their companies and to give first job preference to Quelossim village youth.
Gram sabha resolved to file a reply objecting to the letter written by the Cortalim panchayat wherein Cortalim VP had demanded back the funds which were used for undertaking developmental works before the bifurcation of Cortalim-Quelossim Panchayat. The gram sabha resolved to initiate action against the four scrap yards operating illegally in the village. It also resolved to file objections to the notified rules of the government, which state that no subject besides agenda will be discussed at gram sabhas.
While discussing the progress of restoring the lost glory of Kesarval Spring, as promised by MLA Alina Saldanha, Deputy Sarpanch Sebastiao Serrao informed that MLA has proposed a 35-room hotel project at the site and the process for the same is on a fast track mode.