Alcohol drinking, road digging dominate Pilerne gram sabha
Issues relating to nuisance of drinking of alcohol by tourists in public places, digging of repaired roads dominated Pilerne gram sabha held on Sunday.
Sarpanch Amarnath Govekar told the gram sabha that drinking of alcohol in public places has become a nuisance in the village and banners put up by the village panchayat to create awareness against drinking alcohol in the open are sometimes found torn.
He said that few months back school children along with the panchayat had collected a rickshaw load of beer and liquor bottles.
On the issue of road digging, villagers pointed out that roads that are hot-mix carpeted are also being dug up and at some places drains are left damaged due to electricity cable laying work. They said the damaged drains need to be restored as they pose danger to motorists.
The villagers asked the sarpanch if the panchayat had issued NOC to the electricity department for the cable-laying work.
The sarpanch said that no permission has been granted to the contractor undertaking the work of laying 33 kva lines underground as this is a government work and since it is meant for the benefit of the villagers, the panchayat has not questioned it. However, he said a letter has been sent to the MLA and the electricity department requesting to finish the work without much delay.
A congratulatory motion was moved by Clement D’Costa and supported by all the villagers in honour of the panchayat being awarded as the cleanest panchayat in North Goa.
The sarpanch told the gram sabha that the panchayat has received the award due to efforts of both the panchayat and the villagers in keeping the village clean by handling garbage task effectively.
He also praised the village school children who were instrumental in creating awareness on garbage segregation which played a vital role in winning the award.
Panchayat secretary Peter Martins presented the budget for the year 2019-20, with Rs 3.4 crore as opening budget. Outstanding house tax from closed flats stands at Rs 33 lakh. The panchayat however has collected Rs 84 lakh from house
There is also a provision kept for the panchayat staff to pay provident fund. There is also a provision of Rs 20 lakh for garbage collection in the budget.
The panchayat plans to construct a pound for stray cattle near the football ground, besides other facilities.
The other issues which were raised during the gram sabha were regarding construction of gutters, drains, retaining walls and road repairs.
The sarpanch informed the gram sabha that on January 26, a patriotic songs singing competition would be held for the first time in the village and requested the villagers to participate in it in large numbers.