Penha-de-Franca panchayat flayed for abetting illegal constructions

 Penha-de-Franca Citizens Forum President Agnel Fernandes has lashed out at Penha-de-Franca Panchayat for encouraging illegal construction activities in the village.
Addressing a press conference, Fernandes alleged that there has been rampant corruption in the panchayat and illegal construction activities in the village.
“The villagers had raised these issues several times in the Gram Sabhas, but in vain. Since the panahayat is not taking action against illegal constructions, people have now started constructions on the roof of the buildings,” stated Fernandes.
“Open spaces in the panchayat area are being encroached, but the panchyat is keeping silent on these activities,” alleged Fernandes.
Fernandes further said Porvorim MLA Rohan Khaunte had recently convened a joint meeting of the panchayat and public to discuss developmental activities of the village, but the sarpanch and deputy sarpanch did not attend the meeting which shows that the panchayat is not interested in the welfare of the village.
“Hence, like-minded residents have decided to come together and form Citizens Forum to keep a watch on illegal activities in the panchayat area and work for the betterment of the village,” added Fernandes.
Vice President Shekhar Vaiganker said Goa Cricket Association constructed a new building of the Cricket Academy at Porvorim illegally without obtaining permission from the panchayat nor concerned government authorities. “The panchayat did not bother to issue stop notice at the time of construction,” stated Vaiganker. [H]