Morjim locals fear village will lose character


 Tainted after already being nicknamed as 'mini Moscow' and now facing the bad reputation because of the hooliganism by rival factions of businessmen from outside, the citizens of Morjim have demanded action from all concerned authorities to save the village from losing its character.
Locals complained that loud music is being played continuously all night long at pubs from December 23 till now with scant respect to the deputy collector's order banning parties as the beach has been declared a turtle nesting site.
Citizens under the banner of Pernem Swabhimani Nagrik Samiti have approached the Pernem deputy collector Meena Naik Goltekar asking that the order should be strictly implemented and an offence be registered against those playing the music.
NGOs have also raised the issue of culture getting diluted. The village is almost turning Russian which is evident from the number of signboards in the Russian language, several Russian-run restaurants, shacks and guesthouses, an activist said.
Among the problems, they face, is the problem of foreigners venturing into the tourist taxi business this tourist season. Then, the problem of loud music being played despite a ban which allegedly took the life of the elderly woman. Now, the village is facing a threat from lawless behavior and conduct of rival factions in the tourism business. There are about 6- 7 major pubs operated in Morjim by the Russians and Mumbai and Delhi based businessmen.
"The local taxi drivers were just heaving a sigh of relief after the cancelling of the NOCs to the travel agencies, when the new problem has arrived, even more serious in nature this time," said Vasant Shetgaonkar president of the NGO Morjicho Ekvott.
The Morjim sarpanch has strongly condemned a gun firing incident in the village and demanded that offenders should be punished and the government should stop such incidents occurring in future.
"Despite ban, the night parties continue, the panchayat is not aware of any party or music event being organized as the panchayat does not play any role while granting permissions," Morjim sarpanch Dhananjay Shetgaonkar said. [TOI]