Sao Jose de Areal residents for preservation of village identity
The villagers of Sao Jose de Areal, on Sunday, resolved to reject licences to the mega housing projects proposed or to be proposed in the village “in order to preserve the village identity.’’
The village of Sao Jose de Areal is presently dominated by the Schedule Tribe people.
The sarpanch, Mr Julio Monteiro, stated, “we explained to the villagers, why such a decision is necessary for the village of Sao Jose de Areal. We want to protect our village identity.
“If any builder builds single bungalow, the panchayat could have considered it, but certainly not the commercial flat system in the village, which will easily change the face of the village,’’ Mr Monteiro said after the gram sabha.
Sharing his experience about the Ramnagri area flat occupants who allegedly dump their waste in the open at the roadside and the panchayat could not solve the problem, despite many attempts in last one dacade, Mr Monteiro added that he would not mind to step down or face the challenging of unseating him, “but would not allow mega projects in the village.’’
The locals demanded VP3 status for the village from the government in the backdrop of the non-implementation of the RP 2021. One of the locals pointed out that the TCP sometimes considers the 2001 plan, and sometimes the draft plan of 2021 while approving the construction plans.
The members of the gram sabha resolved to write to the Administrator of Communidade to bifurcate the comunidade areas of Sao Jose De Areal from Curtorim Communidade as the Sao Jose de Areal areas are included in the Velim Constituency with the delimitation.
The panchayat constituted supervisory and ward development committees and handed over the task of verifying the bogus ration cards and other certificates, illegally made by few migrants, to them. Ten of the eleven panchayat members were present for the meeting. [NT]