CURCHOREM: Underlining the importance of role of panchayats in keeping areas under their jurisdictions clean, Panchayat Minister Dayanand Mandrekar said that the government has received Rs 140-crore under ‘Swachh Bharat Yojana’ and appealed to panchayat bodies to constitute gram committees for availing the funds.
Mandrekar said that the committees would welcome suggestions from villagers and draw plans which would be sent to the panchayat director. He also said that the utilisation and completion reports of the works are to be submitted to avail grants.
Mandrekar laid the foundation stones of developmental works worth around Rs 30 crore in Curchorem constituency on Monday. These include development and construction of nullah along main road near Ganapati temple to river point at Maad Kakoda in ward 6 of Curchorem Cacora Municipal Council, behind Prashant Theatre to Municipal Garden, Curchorem, from PWD road near Sebastiao Fernandes house to the tributary of Zuari river at Hodar and behind Perpetual Succor Convent at Kakoda; construction of floodwater drainage network from Figueredo ground via Shivaji Chowk upto Braganza House at Cariamoddi; cleaning of waterways, widening and rebuilding of nullah from Bansai Kakoda; construction of drainage on existing waterways from Archana Chari’s house to SIP canal at Chinchnagar, Xeldem; construction of protection wall on left of river Zuari near Damodar Verlekar house at Kamamol and construction of protection wall on left bank of river Zuari near house of Veliy Fernandes at Khamamol and cleaning of nullah and construction of bank of protection wall at Hodar Wada in Curchorem constituency. Later formal function was held at Sateri Devasthan hall at Hodar Curchorem.
Besides Mandrekar, Curchorem MLA Nilesh Cabral, CCMC chairperson Anita Naik, Assolda sarpanch Dayanand Naik, Xeldem sarpanch Pramod Dessai, deputy sarpanch Sukorina Fernandes, councillors of CCMC and members of both the panchayats were present on the occasion besides a large number of villagers.
Addressing the gathering, Mandrekar said that the government has honoured its pre-poll agenda and implemented several schemes for the relief of mining dependents. He further said that when mining activities were at the peak, very few developmental activities were carried out.
Cabral said that development works of Rs 21 crore are already being implemented. Besides, estimates of other works worth Rs 30 crore have been prepared. He further said that though the income of Assolda and Xeldem panchayats is very limited, he would strive to give government funds to meet their requirements.