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Chimbel villagers resolve to back IT Park project

CHIMBEL: Amid chaos and confusion, the Chimbel gram sabha on Sunday passed a resolution supporting the setting up of Information Technology Park (IT Park) in the village.

The resolution was proposed by former ST (scheduled tribe) president Pandurang Kunkolkar during the gram sabha, which was largely attended by the villagers.

Interestingly, the IT Park issue was taken up for discussion on Sunday without it being mentioned in the agenda even as the law clearly states that no other business can be discussed without putting the same on the agenda.

Addressing the media, sarpanch Chandrakant Kunkolkar said that the panchayat has resolved to support the IT Park, as 90 per cent of the villagers are in favour of the project. He said that a few people, however, were opposing the project “but, by and large, the villagers have given the green signal.”

Kunkolkar said that since there was continuous opposition to the IT Park to be set up in the village, the panchayat had to arrive at a decision. He said that the panchayat has demanded a white paper on the project  besides a school, playground, community hall and police station. The other demands include jobs for ST, OBC, a health centre and two training centres for the villagers before commencing the IT Park.

He said that if the government fails to honour the villagers’ demands, the panchayat will be forced to revoke its decision supporting the IT Park. “We are doing this in the interest of the people, as there are no developmental projects in the village,” he said.

When the sarpanch was asked as to what happens to the previous resolutions passed against the IT Park, he replied stating “we will have to go through the pages of the minutes book.”

Meanwhile, some villagers alleged that there was a ‘secret deal’ with the elected representatives (panchayat body) and the decision was taken on Saturday night itself while the gram sabha was just a drama to throw dust into the eyes of people.

Earlier, people at the gram sabha nearly came to blows, as there was some misunderstanding between members of the Chimbel manch and the villagers. Groups in favour of and against the IT Park were seen trading charges and shouting slogans.

A villager said that the sarpanch was asked to hold the gram sabha in an open space but he refused to do so and questioned who will be responsible if something goes wrong during the meet.

Meanwhile, the Old Goa police have a registered a non-cognisable offence against one Shirodkar on the basis of a complaint filed by Devu Kunkalkar for pushing him during the course of the gram sabha.

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