The villagers of Nuvem during the gram sabha, on Sunday, resolved to demand the scrapping of the Mopa airport project and insisted on fully developing the existing Dabolim airport.
Now, with the resolution passed at the Nuvem gram sabha, the people from the entire Salcete block of 30 panchayats have registered their opposition to the government’s move to construct an airport at Mopa.
The villagers stressed that the government should upgrade the Dabolim airport with all the facilities and should immediately scrap the Mopa airport project.
“If the Mopa airport is built as an international airport then slowly the Dabolim airport may be closed for civilians and the people of South and more particularly the people of Salcete would be badly affected. Therefore, we request to pass a resolution to scrap the Mopa airport project,’’ stated Mr Jose Roque Andrade.
The villagers also passed the budget of Rs 1 crore for the next financial year, after suggesting some corrections to it. The sarpanch, Mr Ruben D’Costa said that the projected income is Rs 1 crore while the estimated expenditure for the financial year is around Rs 66.5 lakh.
Mr D’Costa explained the importance of passing the budget this time, as otherwise a special request has to be sent for expenditure for the month of April.
The villagers strongly opposed the installations of mobile towers. They questioned the sarpanch as to how a new mobile tower is installed in the village. To this, the sarpanch said that he will go through the legal aspect of it before taking any decision on it. Discussions were also held on the construction of the bundhs (sluice gates).
While Mr Everson Vales suggested to have concrete bundhs as traditional bundhs often breach, Ms Zarina D’Cunha opposed to it saying that the Department of Water Resources has advised to continue with the traditional way of constructing the bundhs.
She also demanded to refer the suggestion to the said department.
Nevertheless, the zilla panchayat member, Mr Wilfred D’Sa informed that the process of construction has already been started and that the department requires NOC from the panchayat. The panchayat passed the resolution to this effect.
The villagers asked the sarpanch to explain whether the compliance report has been sent to the auditors, who had raised some queries about the panchayat affairs during the last couple of years. “The BDO has given a deadline of March 31 to reply to the auditors. We will send the compliance report and a copy will be also given to the villagers,’’ the sarpanch said, promising that such a folly would not be repeated further.
All the panchayat members were present for the meeting. Though the attendance was poor, the gram sabha continued till 1 p.m. [NT]