Dy Collector holds meeting with panchayat secretaries
The Deputy Collector, Salcete, Mr Surendra Naik, on Monday, held a meeting with the secretaries of the Salcete village panchayats to discuss the removal of hoardings and advertisement boards in their respective panchayat jurisdictions.
The panchayat secretaries were asked to conduct a survey of these hoardings installed by the companies and private parties, especially, along the national highway in their jurisdiction and to submit the report to his office. The meeting was attended by most of the panchayat secretaries.
It may be recalled that the High Court had directed the District Collector, Mr N D Agrawal, to constitute a committee and conduct the inspection of these hoardings installed in South Goa.
The timeline for the removal of these hoarding was January 31. The committee was formed in December 2012. The meeting was held with the Goa Hoarding Association, superintendent of police, executive engineer of PWD (roads), traffic police inspectors and other officials regarding the same.
“The Deputy Collector has to conduct the survey of the hoardings and accordingly report the matter. But, instead of doing so, the Deputy Collector and other senior officials are pushing their responsibility on us to maintain their cordial political relations,’’ a panchayat secretary said.
Following instructions from the District Collector, Mr N D Agrawal, Salcete sub divisional magistrate (SDM) and deputy collector Mr Naik recently issued orders to the Margao Municipal Council to remove advertising boards in the town. [NT]