Proposal moved to put up barricade at Rachol ferry


 At the poorly attended Rachol gram sabha held on Sunday, the villagers were informed that the proposal to construct a protective barricade at the old ferry point at Rachol has been forwarded to the director of panchayats through the Salcete block development office (BDO) and will be a part of the golden jubilee grant.
Locals had pointed out that several cases of fatal drowning had been reported at that spot in the past.
Rachol sarpanch Joseph Vaz said that toilets and benches would also be constructed at the old ferry point and that funds made available to them through the golden jubilee grant would be utilized to construct benches and toilets in front of the Our Lady of Gloria Chapel, Ilha de Rachol.
No resolutions were passed at the gram sabha which was attended by members from the Rachol Rakhonn Manch who have been at loggerheads with Vaz over the progress of various development works proposed by the panchayat.
The vexed issue of the new panchayat ghar was raised which has been vehemently opposed by the manch and the matter is currently pending in court. Vaz stated that they had complied with all the court directions so far, and were waiting for the occupancy certificate to be issued by the town and country planning department (TCP) before moving to the new premises. [TOI]