Curtorim villagers firm on opposing housing complex


Curtorim villagers have expressed their firm resolve to oppose the proposed multi-dwelling housing complex at Dantoloi, Vagulem, Maina-Curtorim as the panchayat body has called the builder on December 4 for discussions before their decide on the issue.
"After the gram sabha, the panchayat had a meeting where it was decided to call the builder and discuss the issue with him in view of strong opposition of the villagers to the project," said deputy sarpanch Santan Rodrigues.
During the special gram sabha chaired by Rodrigues in Curtorim last Sunday, villagers passed a resolution opposing the construction of a housing complex and had expressed their fear that if they had to give permissions, a precedent would have been set and other real estate projects would be allowed to be constructed in their village despite their opposition.
The villagers had raised a host of objections to the approval of the construction license, including complaints that the housing project would pollute the neighbouring agricultural lands, lack of garbage disposal facilities in Curtorim and that the proposed road widening for the project would displace existing houses on the side of the road.
"The proposed project will adversely affect drinking and irrigation water used by hundreds of families as the main nallah carrying storm water from the hill to the fields below lies along the edge of the proposed urban settlement" said local resident Abhijit Prabhudesai adding that the villagers were dead against the project.
The high court had on September 25 disposed of a writ petition filed by the real estate developer with directions to the panchayat body to take a decision on the application of Talak Homes & Estate dated January 20, 2008 as expeditiously as possible and in any event, within 12 weeks from the date of the order. [TOI]