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Dramapur to demolish cell phone tower

Dramapur: The Gram Sabha of Dramapur Sirlim unanimously resolved that the mobile tower erected by a cell phone company without license from the panchayat be demolished while a new tower will be permitted provided the location and other details are discussed at another gram sabha to be convened for that purpose.Heated discussions were witnessed over this issue and the Sarpanch Bernard Rebello’s suggestion that residents of Zamcotto ward submit a memorandum stating that they did not want the tower in their ward was rejected by the people.Around 10 residents of the ward vociferously rejected erecting a tower in their ward and former Sarpanch Olaristo Rodrigues supported them and pointed out that at the panchayat monthly meeting he had suggested that the mater be discussed with the gram sabha first.
There were heated exchanges between the sarpanch and former sarpanch with both accusing the other of instigating the people. However, finally it was decided that the proposal to erect a mobile tower including the location and the distance from the residential houses would be discussed at a special gram sabha.Meanwhile, though one or two villagers suggested that the Jio tower by Reliance be regularized after levying a hefty fine, was rejected and it was decided to take action to demolish it. “If the National Highways can ask us to remove Crosses which are places of worship because they are illegal, we have to demand that this tower which has been erected illegally be also demolished,” asserted the sarpanch.Meanwhile the gram sabha approved a surplus budget with the income being around Rs. 95.66b lakhs while the expenditure would be Rs. 77,65 crore. [H]

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