The decision to build a panchayat ghar in Sarzora with a community hall under the flagship Dheendayal rural infrastructure development scheme, taken two-and-a-half-years ago, is being implemented now as the work is finally set to take off with Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation issuing the work order.
Highly-placed sources in the GSIDC informed that there was a delay as the scheme amount was enhanced from the original Rs 1.5 crore to Rs 2 crore and, as a result, the implementation of the scheme took a long time.
Sources said that the work order for the Sarzora village panchayat ghar has been issued and the foundation stone will be laid shortly.
It may be recalled that Sarzora panchayat along with Benaulim panchayat was granted sanction letters by the then panchayat minister and present chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar in September 2013; however, the project was delayed as the government faced acute fund shortage. Sarzora panchayat is presently operating from a rented house situated in one corner of the village. The construction of the panchayat ghar has been a long-standing demand of the villagers.
A senior citizen E Fernandes, speaking to this daily, said that “we need the new panchayat ghar at the earliest as the present one is in one corner of the village and not convenient for the people, especially senior citizens.”
He said the new panchayat ghar has been proposed at a centrally located place, which was allocated long ago. “Every time they assure that the work will be taken up, but nothing has happened so far,” he said.
The land for the panchayat ghar was allocated by Sarzora comunidade, and the work was to be completed in three phases. The work, however, stopped after landfilling while the panchayat awaited the work order for construction of the project.
Confirming the development, sarpanch Jacinto Fernandes said the work order has been issued and the foundation stone will be laid by the Panchayat Minister Rajendra Arlekar. He said the panchayat ghar is finally set to become a reality as he has been pursuing with the GSIDC continuously to take up the project.