The Guirim gram sabha paid homage to the late prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who passed away last week with a suggestion made to name the under-construction third Mandovi bridge after him. The meeting started with members observing a one-minute silence to pay homage to
The issue of hike in garbage collection fee dominated the meeting with the ex-sarpanch and present panch member Fondu Naik pointing out that the Rs 365 garbage fee is too high and the panchayat should revert back to the earlier fee of Rs 100.
Villagers objected the demand and said that the village panchayat is doing a good job of keeping the village clean. They claimed that the garbage fee of Rs 365 was okayed by the garbage committee constituted before the term of last two sarpanchas so it is wrong to blame the present panchayat body.
The sarpanch of Guirim Chaitali Morajkar told the gram sabha that the garbage tax for commercial establishments has been increased from Rs 6,000 to Rs 7,000. She said that the panchayat lacks funds to carry out garbage collection.
A villager said that at every gram sabha, two groups end up in a tussle which he said is very bad for the village adding, “We need to keep politics aside and work as one to develop our village.”
Residents of St Anthony Ward raised the issue of gutter being chocked by construction debris causing water-logging. They claimed that in spite of bringing it to the notice of the owner and the panchayat, nothing is being done.
The panchayat secretary Arjun Velip told the gram sabha that a stop work notice will be served as the matter was taken up in its monthly meeting. The site has been inspected after a complaint was received.
The sarpanch read out the list of developmental works that will be taken up in the village including on construction of new roads, drainages, culverts, pavers. She said that 50 works are in pipeline with some works in the tendering process and some awaiting no-objection