Land ownership issue haunts Van-Mavlingem villagers

The residents of Van-Mavlingem village panchayat of Bicholim taluka face a number of problems and one of them being the land ownership issue.

 Villagers claim that they face difficulty in repairing their houses, constructing new ones besides encountering problems in availing benefits of various government schemes including support price for yields of areca nut, coconut, paddy and sugarcane.
At a recent press conference, the BJP booth committee office bearer and ex-deputy sarpanch of the village panchayat, Mr Gurudas Kerikar had highlighted the woes of the villagers due to lack of infrastructural facilities like drinking water supply, roads, transport, crematorium, sports ground, toilets,  panchayat building, building for secondary school etc.
The villagers’ main demand is to sort out the land ownership issue permanently and that they be given tenancy rights. Mr Kerikar recalled that the Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar had assured the villagers to sort out the issue when he had visited the village while campaigning during the last assembly election.
“Presently, BJP is in power and we expect that the Chief Minister, Parrikar will sort out the issue permanently,” Mr Kerikar stated.
He also made demands for toilets at Navin wada where houses under 20-point programme have been constructed. Villagers claimed that the crematorium proposal that had been forwarded to the government some 10 years ago by the then panchayat body has not received clearance till date.
Other demands of the villagers, which have been brought to the notice of deputy speaker and Mayem MLA, Mr Anant Shet, include improving water and power supply, fixing street lights, repairing the road from Santeri temple to Paltadwada, constructing new overpass over nullah linking Bhatwadi and Paltadwada, beautification of Ganesh idol immersion spots at Kansarwada and Gaonkarwada.
Mr Kerikar said that the bundhara near ‘Shastri Devan’ has collapsed and that a new bundhara and protection wall should be constructed to protect paddy fields from getting destroyed.
Presently due to lack of school infrastructure, the classes are conducted in panchayat building, which is also very old. “In this view, the government should take initiatives to build a new school building and also a premises to house the panchayat office,” Mr Kerikar reiterated.
He said that the BJP booth committee had brought all these demands to the notice of Mr Shet in the past and that a fresh memorandum of demands has been again submitted to the MLA.  
The BJP booth committee has appealed to the Chief Minister to look into the grievances of the villagers and sort them out at the earliest. [NT]