Herald: Sal gram sabha plunges into acrimony over stone crusher
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Sal gram sabha plunges into acrimony over stone crusher

22 Jan 2018 05:53am IST

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22 Jan 2018 05:53am IST

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BICHOLIM: The Sal gram sabha on Sunday plunged into acrimony over the issue of a stone crusher that has allegedly caused cracks in the walls of a temple in its vicinity.

BICHOLIM: The Sal gram sabha on Sunday plunged into acrimony over the issue of a stone crusher that has allegedly caused cracks in the walls of a temple in its vicinity.

At the very outset of the gram sabha, the villagers demanded to know from the sarpanch whether the stone crusher has all the NOCs and whether the panchayat was aware of its working.

Replying to the villagers, Sarpanch Prakash Raut said that the panchayat does not have much information about the working of the stone crusher and whether it has required NOCs. This answer angered the villagers who demanded to know why such a polluting unit was allowed to carry out operation in the area. Meanwhile, some of the villagers alleged that due to the blasting carried out by the stone crusher, the walls of a temple in the vicinity have developed cracks.

The villagers were also informed that the panchayat was not getting any revenue from the crusher. 

Later, a resolution was passed to summon the owner of the stone crusher to show cause why action should not be taken against him for running the unit.

The gram sabha also discussed in detail the drinking water problem in the village and it was decided to take stern action and also resort to strike. It was also decided to increase the house rent for all those who are paying rent less than Rs 500. 

The panchayat secretary informed the gram sabha that a site was needed to dump garbage, but no one was ready to give their land for that purpose. Even the issue of crematorium was discussed but even here no one was ready to donate land for the same.

One Rajendra Raut informed that he was ready to give his land for a cattle pond if it fetched him some income. Later, the secretary read out the audit report for the year 2016-17.

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