The Navelim Gram Sabha unanimously resolved to demand the authorities to start work on the Eastern bypass on a war footing to tackle the increasing traffic congestion at Navelim junction every day.
The presence of two schools, one higher secondary school and one college in the close vicinity of the National Highway junction was contributing to the congestion, which has not been further compounded following the commissioning of the Telaulim bridge.
The villagers opined that completion of the Eastern bypass which goes from Rawanfond via Mandop and joins the National Highway at Sirlim near Manu’s house was the only solution.
When asked about the use of the sub-way that was constructed under MPLAD funds, Sarpanch Paul Pereira regretted that despite requests to the managements of the all the schools in the area, there has been no co-operation from them.
It was decided that the Panchayat at its regular meeting resolve to erect railings along the road so that nobody crosses the road and uses the sub-way compulsorily.
Panchayat members were asked to carry out a door to door awareness campaign on garbage management stressing the need to dispose off wet garbage in the backyards and store the plastic garbage which would be collected by the Panchayat.
Gram Sabha members volunteered to help the panchayat members in this endeavour and also urged them to use students.
When the issue of connecting Navelim village to the sewerage treatment plant on its border was raised, Sarpanch Paul Pereira announced that the Sewerage Development Corporation has already accepted the proposal and added that their village will be the first to be connected to this plant.
As some residents from Mandopa raised apprehensions that an old cross in their ward would be demolished due to a housing project, it was decided to hold a joint inspection by the panchayat officials, villagers and the promoter of the project.
The villagers pointed out that though the existing road leading to the project is only four metre wide, the promoter had shown it to be 10 metres wide.