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Bastora villagers demand ‘restoration’ of Tar river flow

MAPUSA: The villagers of Bastora, on Sunday, demanded that the flow of river Tar, which is blocked due to the ongoing work of highway, should be ‘restored’.

Sarpanch Savio Martins assured to take up the matter with PWD. “I have already spoken to officials and have asked them to ensure that the water flows down smoothly,” he said, responding to queries on flow and pollution of Tar river, raised during ordinary gram sabha of Bastora panchayat.

Further, an audit report was presented and commenting on it, the sarpanch said that “the house tax collection has improved from 20 per cent to 40 per cent and this year we want to reach 70-80 per cent. From next month onwards, we will be issuing notices to those who have not paid the house tax.”

He moved a proposal on bringing around 200 illegal houses in the village under house tax. He said that the occupants of these houses were using the village infrastructure but not paying anything to the panchayat.

A detailed discussion was held on the pros and cons of the issue, and it was decided to conduct a separate census of such houses.

It was also decided to impose revised house tax rates on such illegal structures following approval of director of panchayats for purpose of revenue generation.

The sarpanch informed that the panchayat was in the process of signing a MoU with Mission Rabies to tackle the issue of stray dogs. “We are also in the process of having a tie-up with gaushala and veterinary and animal husbandry department,” he

said.

Seeking cooperation from members of communidade, Martins said, “I would like to request the communidade to give NOC so that we can set up a dry waste centre where there will be no piling of garbage, and also can have cattle pound.”

During the gram sabha, the panchayat also passed its budget for 2019-20. The gram sabha resolved to write to the government and civil supplies department seeking supply of good quality food grains to ration cardholders after a related issue was raised by a senior citizen.

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