Resolves to keep pressure on government to construct the rail underpass at level crossing
MARGAO: The Guirdolim Gram Sabha overwhelmingly decided to change the panchayat’s off day from Monday to Sunday and also resolved to keep the pressure on the government to construct the rail underpass at the existing level crossing of the South Western Railways.
The villagers were unanimous on the demand for a rail underpass and one villager revealed that the South Western Railways were in favour of the underpass provided the State government bore 50 per cent of the cost.
He reiterated that the South Goa MP Narendra Sawaikar’s claim that the Union Railway Minister had agreed to construct the underpass totally under Railway funds was not true and urged the villagers not to fall prey to such mischievous rumours.
The villagers agreed that they would have to keep the pressure on the State government to construct the underpass and agreed that the proposed overhead bridge near the steel factory was a totally different matter.
The villagers also decided that the panchayat will no longer be open on Sunday as was the practice till now and instead it would be a holiday on Sunday but be a working day on Monday which was otherwise a holiday for the panchayat.
While most of the villagers voted in favour of shifting the holiday when a division was sought, only five villagers voted for not changing the off day to Sunday.
The Gram Sabha also resolved to acquire land for burying dead cattle after newly elected panchayat member Brian Pereira related the trouble he had to bury a cow that had died in an accident recently.
The following committees were also constituted at the Gram Sabha: Amenities Committee, Production Committee, Social Welfare Committee, Ward Development Committee, Supervisory Committee, Garbage Management Committee, Spring Development Committee, Ward Development Committee, Village Development Committee, Sanitation Monitoring Committee and Village Child Committee.
It was evident that the Secretary did not discuss the formation of the various committees with the newly elected body as the Village Child Committee could not be constituted due to the absence of students who generally do not attend Gram Sabhas and the panchayat was empowered to nominate two students on the committee.
The Gram Sabha also resolved to oppose the inclusion of FPPA in the electricity bills. It was also decided to call for an inspection of the power sanctioned and consumed by the party running a laundry in New Township.