SAMIR BHAT | NT
Curchorem: Gifted by nature’s bounty, Neturlim village of Sanguem taluka is waiting to see more development from tourism point of view that can elevate it to touristic prominence not only in India but world over.
The village has two waterfalls-Mainapi and Savari to boast of, so also a mysterious tank known as ‘budbudyachi tali’ in front of the Shiva temple, archaeological sites, besides presence of wild animals such as sambar, porcupine, tigers, bison, deer in the nearby wildlife sanctuary.
The village, which is around 32 kms from Curchorem, consists of seven wards of Vichundrem, Margwada, Bandhuwada, Vellem, Salgini, Nunem and Jaquem.
The population of the village is around 4500, including 2700 voters. Though 70 per cent of the land of the village belongs to private land owners, development in the area has come to a standstill due to issues of forest coverage and the wildlife sanctuary.
Deputy sarpanch Abhijeet Dessai said that the village faces problem of drinking water shortage presently and, hence, the locals depend on the waterfalls and wells.
If the government sets up a water treatment plant, the problem of drinking water will be solved once and for all, he said.
Further he said that the village also needs to be developed and promoted as a tourist area that will also benefit the locals.
Elaborating on this, he said, residential rooms, hotels and restaurants, mobile towers are needed to elevate the village to touristic prominence.
He informed that under ‘Angan’ programme that was implemented in the village, the villagers had to provide accommodation to the tourists, including breakfast and dinner. However, he said, the house owner would get only Rs 500 per day. This initiative did not attract the villagers due to paltry earning.
Apart from tourism development, as per information available, the village also lacks proper medical facilities. Though a doctor visits the village daily, the
villagers have to travel a distance of around 32 kms to go to Sanguem and 42 kms to reach Curchorem to avail of medical facilities. The Salgini ward locals have to travel a distance of around 48 kms to reach Sanguem and 58 kms to Curchorem CHC.
During rainy season, if the power supply is disrupted, it takes days together for electricity to be restored.
Further, the Kodel hamlet coming under Kavrem-Pirla panchayat is in need of a bridge connecting Neturlim, as it is surrounded by river water on all three sides.
Dessai had even offered to part with own land to construct an approach road but due to some issues the bridge could not become a reality. The villagers use a makeshift footbridge to facilitate movement to and fro from Kodel in rains.
Further the village government high school lacks a playground and for higher education, the students have to go to neighbouring Quepem, Curchorem and other areas.
The villagers feel that there can be development of the village only if the forest department, tourism department and village panchayat put their heads together to chalk out plan for the village’s growth.