SAG inspection of sports ground irks Verna locals


Verna panchayat and locals are upset that the sports authority of Goa (SAG) conducted an inspection of the Verna sports ground without due intimation to the panchayat, stressing that they have their own development plans for the 36,000 sq m ground .
It maybe recalled that at the last 'extra ordinary' gram sabha at Verna on November 25, held specifically to discuss the issue, the village panchayat of Verna had reversed a resolution taken by the previous panchayat body of handing over the Verna football ground to SAG for facilitating its development.The panchayat has, instead, decided to seek help of the government through local MLA Fransisco 'Mickky' Pacheco in developing the ground with all modern amenities while retaining possession of the land with itself.
"We are going to prepare a development plan for the sports ground which will be submitted before the gram sabha members for their approval and suggestions first and only after that we will take our development plans forward," said sarpanch Lourena Gama, who was deeply upset that the SAG carried out the inspection without her consent.
Villagers have vowed to take up the issue with SAG itself directly to clear the matter.
Resident Casmiro Dias explained that the issue is sensitive and pointed out there was a meeting with the SAG on September 29 before the November gram sabha but had not received any communication from SAG since then.
"The SAG should not be going forward with their plans to develop the ground as this goes against our gram sabha resolutions," added Dias. [TOI]