Locals take VP to task over parking woes at Candolim


A gram sabha of the Candolim village panchayat held on Sunday morning saw noisy scenes with villagers raising a host of questions pertaining to parking, electricity, garbage, migrant child labour, stray dogs, noise pollution and other issues.
The panchayat secretary also presented the budget proposal amounting to 2,34,82,614 for the year 2013-14, which is to be approved at the next gram sabha.
Calangute MLA Michael Lobo also attended the meeting.
The meeting started with the approval of the minutes of the last gram sabha held on January 27, during which members had resolved that the panchayat should give NOCs to hotels only if they have parking facilities. Members pointed out that despite this the parking problem persists, with tourist taxis parking anywhere. Panchayat member Fermino Fernandes said the panchayat had written to the transport department to take the necessary action.
Villagers also demanded more speed breakers to regulate the speeding traffic, which the panchayat agreed to build. Villagers also wanted more efficient street cleaning. Panchayat members pointed out that the cleaners, who are sponsored by private individuals as a pilot project, only collect plastic waste and do not sweep the streets.
It was proposed to also start sweeping streets.
Regarding stray dogs, the panchayat said that the animal husbandry department has expressed helplessness in doing anything and said it is still looking at finding a solution. Villagers complained about the street lights and electricity being erratic. Lobo pointed out that the electricity problem exists all over the state.
"I will ask the assistant engineer to take up the problems ward-wise," Lobo said. [TOI]