Picnicking at Varca beach may now come for a price

Garbage and waste disposal dominated the proceedings of Varca gram sabha.
Replying to a host of questions from the members, Varca Sarpanch Luiza Rodrigues on Sunday told the gram sabha that the panchayat has directed all multi-housing projects in the village to install composting unit within two months.
The sarpanch said she along with members of the panchayat body would conduct a survey from December 1, whether the multi-dwelling units have complied with the directions.
The gram sabha was informed that environmentalist Clinton Vaz has been entrusted the job of collecting waste twice on the 15th and 30th of every month from the households. It was also decided to engage a person to keep a check on picnickers along the village beach belt and to charge a fee of Rs 100 for a picnic bus and Rs 50 for a pick-up van carrying picnickers to the beach.
Earlier, the sarpanch was grilled by the gram sabha members over multi-housing project coming in the village as well as the garbage problem created by such projects.
Adv Mildred Mendonca set the ball rolling when he questioned the sarpanch on waste generated by multi housing project and occupancy certificates issued to these units.
The gram sabha also deliberated on the issue of permission issued to a super store in the village.
 Gram Sabha member Nazario Pinto demanded revoking of licence given for a housing project in the ward of the  sarpanch issued by the earlier body as the same  had not been approved by majority at the body meeting.
The gram sabha also adopted a resolution demanding for a special status to Goa. [H]