MARGAO: The Assolna Gram Sabha on Sunday discussed some issues plaguing the village but the discussion was held after the agenda was over and hence technically qualifies to have been taken up under “any other business” as nobody intimated the panchayat earlier that these matters need to be discussed.
Four issues plaguing the villagers were discussed after the agenda of the gram sabha was over. In the first place it was resolved to ask the Transport Department to permit one bus to originate from Assolna in the morning to go to Margao as all buses are already packed when they enter the village.
The bars operating on the road leading to ferry point and the hardships faced by the locals with the customers parking by the roadside was also discussed very heatedly. The panchayat disclosed that it receives no revenue from the bar owners and further disclosed that many of them were illegal.
Villagers pointed out that the customers park their vehicles on both sides of the road making it difficult for people to use the road. “The customers even come to beat us,” complained one villager who cited his own case and of another person who faced a similar situation.
The villagers also pointed out that some of the bar and restaurant owners have not even left the set back area and demanded that the panchayat take stringent action against them including demolition.
However, the Sarpanch Xavier Almeida assured the people that he would call the Cuncolim Police Inspector and have a meeting with the owners of the bar and restaurants on the ferry point road and also agreed to invite some committed villagers at this meeting.
Former Deputy Sarpanch Savio Fereira raised up the issue of the football ground in the village and wondered who had designed it as the stand erected cannot be used since it is directly hit by the sun in the evening when games are usually held.
He disclosed that the Sports Authority of Goa had prepared a plan estimated at Rs. 8 crore to upgrade and uplift the football ground and urged the panchayat body to check what has happened to that proposal. The panchayat was also asked to explore the possibility of erecting a gate across the road leading to the ground to avoid its misuse particularly in the evenings.
One villager raised the issue of people encroaching over storm water drains and even fields due to which farmers find it difficult to cultivate their fields. “I am warned by the very encroachers not to venture bare feet in my field as there are broken glass pieces that could hurt me,” he said while pointing out that earlier people used to walk bare feet in fields.
He said some people had even made plots over the storm water drain and have constructed their houses and further disclosed that the bedroom of one apartment is partly in the storm water drain and partly in a field.
Even as the Sarpanch disclosed that a survey had revealed that there were 104 migrant families living in the village, the gram sabha demanded that the panchayat submit an action taken report after reading the minutes of the previous meeting at every gram sabha.
Earlier rt was decided to write to the Sports Authority of Goa to develop a jogging park so that they can remain healthy and fit after Peter Crasto raised the issue and pointed out that people are forced to go to Cuncolim for their regular exercise routine.
Santan da Silva demanded that the road in the village be widened as it becomes very congested particularly on Thursday when there is a market and even one four wheeler cannot maneuver easily. Sarpanch while admitting it said earlier police used to be present on Sundays and Thursdays to monitor the traffic.
“However they are facing a problem as two police persons have been suspended and hence they cannot deploy policemen to manage the traffic now,” he said.