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Bandora sarpanch Ramachandra Naik arguing with a villager during the gram sabha on Sunday. 

Bandora villagers join clamour against draft CZMP



Clamour against the draft Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP) has grown even louder with the Bandora villagers coming out in its opposition following the Shiroda villagers.

The Bandora villagers have demanded that the plan be redrafted. A resolution to this effect was passed during the gram sabha of Bandora village panchayat held on Sunday. 

The gram sabha saw Bandora villagers reiterating their demand for an underpass at Safa Masjid junction on the Ponda-Belgaum highway for the benefit of Shapur and Chirputem residents.

Undir area in Bandora village comes under the coastal zone and CZMP is likely to affect all the residents particularly farmers from the area. Entire CZMP plan for Bandora is faulty and it will be detrimental to the interests of the villagers, argued the villagers during the gram sabha with the panchayat body unanimously resolving to demand rectification in the CZMP.

The government should take people and the village panchayat into confidence while drafting the plan, sarpanch Ramachandra Naik said. 

Villagers also decided to raise their suggestions and objections to draft plan during the consultation on CZMP scheduled on August 2, in Rajiv Gandhi Kala Mandir in Ponda. 

During the discussion on the Shapur residents’ demand for underpass at Safa Masjid junction on Ponda-Belgaum highway, villagers claimed that the junction is risky for commuting.

Though Marcaim MLA has assured villagers to put up traffic signal at the junction, villagers are firm over their demand for underpass and so the village panchayat has resolved for the same and has decided to write PWD demanding underpass at Safa Masjid junction. During the gram sabha, some villagers accused the panchayat officials of mismanagement and questioned them over it.

A villager Dinesh Naik said that he has found that the panchayat is clearing bills of the contractor without him completing works. He also showed some evidence during gram sabha wherein he had stopped payment of three development works, as they were incomplete.

Villagers resolved that the panchayat should not initiate payment in respect of any developmental work without inspection of work or completion certificate. During the gram sabha, villagers also resolved that the reports of the various panchayat committees should be placed during the gram sabha.

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