San Jose de Areal villagers were incensed on Sunday when they gathered at the Panchayat Ghar for a postponed Gram Sabha meeting, only to find the door locked and the acting Sarpanch absent.
However, the villagers met outside the panchayat ghar and demanded the resignation of the acting Sarpanch for issuing occupancy certificate for Om Sai project which has been objected to by the villagers.
In fact, at the Gram Sabha held on 19th March, the villagers had demanded that the panchayat appeal against the Director of Panchayat’s order allowing the project, which has been objected on grounds that it comes with the Command Area of Selaulim Irrigation project and close to the railway tracks.
What infuriated the villagers was that despite the resolution, the acting Sarpanch had issued occupancy certificate for the constructions and hence demanded his resignation. They resolved to call upon the Block Development Officer and Deputy Director of Panchayats on Tuesday over this issue and also called for keeping on hold all construction licenses till the Regional Plan 2021 is notified.