Sunday , 26 May 2019
Curtorim villagers call for crack down on waste dumping, illegal constructions
A member John D’Silva seen discussing a proposal during the Curtorim  gram sabha on  Sunday

Curtorim villagers call for crack down on waste dumping, illegal constructions




Raising concern over the dumping of waste in isolated areas near the abandoned leprosy hospital in Curtorim, the members of the gram sabha on Sunday resolved to keep these areas under surveillance.

Santano Rodrigues, the former deputy sarpanch of Curtorim, pointed out how waste is being dumped at the areas near the Leprosy hospital.  He suggested that the areas must be protected through the bio diversity management committees.  After a lengthy discussion the panchayat assured to keep a check on the dumping of waste near the leprosy hospital.

Zilla Panchayat member of Curtorim Moreno Rebello suggested that these areas be monitored through CCTV surveillance. He disclosed that he would see if the CCTVs can be funded through ZP funds.

It was resolved to maintain the open spaces which were gifted to the panchayats  under the  14th  Finance Commission. “I request the panchayat to see that all the mutations of these properties are maintained thorough the 14th finance commission,’’ J Santano said. It was also resolved that the TCP reduces the width of the proposed major district road, (MDR) passing through Curtorim areas.

There was heated a discussion on the illegal constructions within the village.  While a member of the gram sabha pointed out that illegal construction activities are taking place at Monte hill, Curtorim, others said such illegalities have also mushroomed at areas along Ramnagar.  They demanded action on these structures.

Curtorim villagers, present for the gram sabha were seen confused when the sarpanch, Rui Menezes, disclosed that the Panchayat has granted the construction license to builders based on the orders of the High Court.

Interestingly, it was brought to light, how the TCP has approved a plan even without a proper approach road for the site at Curtorim.

Suresh Shinkre pointed out that the panchayat has given partition numbers to several houses which were being misused. There being no ‘Any Other Business’ (AOB)  point in the agenda, the  gram sabha ended with  just  five panchayat members present out of a total of eleven panchas.