Increasing number of migrants and land acquisitions by the government dominated the Navelim gram Sabha held on Sunday.
The villagers vociferously opposed the government’s proposal to acquire a field in the village for construction of a private school arguing that there is no public interest involved in constructing a private school.
Similarly, the proposal to acquire land around the Salpem lake for expansion of the sewerage facilities was also opposed and the gram Sabha resolved to urge their local MLA who is also the PWD Minister Churchill Alemao to drop this proposal.
The degeneration of the Salpem lake besides the issue of why Navelim should absorb the sewerage of Margao were the two main issues raised for opposing this project.
However, it was the increasing number of migrants in the village that dominated the gram Sabha with villagers giving various suggestions to check this.
In the first place, the villagers asked the Panchayat to write to the concerned authorities not to issue ration cards and/or voter identity cards on the basis of NOC given by the landlord stating that the applicant is staying in his premises.
Besides, the villagers also demanded that all those who had rented out their premises to migrants should submit the Strangers List to the police arguing that this would ensure security of the village. They also demanded to know details about the blast that occurred in one of the flats in the village recently.
The villagers also asked the panchayat to physically verify all constructions particularly buildings to ensure that they comply with the rules and laws. They pointed out that some buildings were having four floors while only three floors can constructed in the permissible height of 11.5 meters.
The Gram Sabha also resolved that all multi-apartment buildings should make arrangements to handle their own garbage particularly the wet garbage, instead of strewing it around the village. The panchayat was authorized to construct compost pits for such buildings under the NREG scheme.