Colva against displacing fishermen from habitat
The Colva gram sabha on Sunday resolved to ask the government not to remove the traditional fishermen from their habitat and demanded a ban on mobile towers in the village.
At the gram sabha meeting held on Sunday, gram sabha member and activist Judith Almeida placed before the meeting the sentiments of the local fishermen over plans by the Tourism department to clear traditional fishermen from their habitat.
She said that tourism cannot come at the cost of the traditional inhabitants, and demanded that the Tourism department place before the gram sabha all tourism related projects before their execution.
A resolution was later adopted by the meeting with a request to send the resolution to the departments of Tourism, Science and Technology, Panchayats etc.
Meanwhile, mobile towers figured prominently at the gram sabha meeting with members demanding a ban on erection and installation of towers in the village. Members also demanded to know whether the Panchayat has imposed any trade tax on the mobile towers and to levy the tax if not done so till date.
While opposing any more mobile towers in the village, members asked the Panchayat to seek clarifications from the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Goa State Pollution Control Board on the radiation levels and whether the emissions pose health hazard to the local populace.
The Panchayat was further asked to seek clarifications on the conditions attached to installation of mobile towers vis-à-vis the distance from the local population. [H]