Mayem villagers sore over power supply disruptions

RAMESH SAVAIKAR |NT

Bicholim

All is not well as far as power supply to Van-Mavligem-Kudchirem village panchayat is concerned.

The panchayat falls in the Mayem constituency, which is a part of the  North Goa parliamentary constituency.

The villagers say that frequent power outages and voltage fluctuations are the order of the day, especially, during the rainy

season.

It takes a couple of days  for the restoration of the power supply if it fails during the rainy season.

The poor people cannot afford  to have an inverter so that they are not inconvenienced during the power disruptions, said Balkrishna Savaikar, from Naigini-Kudchire.

A farmer Ratnakar Govenkar, from Vhavti, complained that Vasant bhandhara constructed some years ago has not been repaired, and presently it is in a dangerous condition;  the villagers use river water for bathing and drinking whenever there is a water shortage.

Another issue which is neglected by the government is the transport facility. Only one KTC bus plies from Kudchirem to Ponda via Bicholim. Some students have school bus facility while students of some other schools are deprived of such a facility.

And, so they have to go to school in Bicholim on foot by covering a distance around 5 km, said Santosh Govenkar from Vhavti-Naigini.

Rajendra Usapkar from Kudchire said that electricity department personnel do not take care to trim the tree branches before the rainy season and so the people have to suffer during the monsoon.

Vivek Umarye pointed that the power department has been neglecting the  power problems in the village.

Ex-ZP  from Van-Mavligem  village Meghana Yende said that the  government has failed in resolving the basic problems in the

village.

“Poor villagers are the most sufferers. Political leaders and workers wake up to the problems only during the election time. Once the election is over they do not return to the village and listen to the grievances of the villagers,”Yende added.

‘Makaso’ land system existing since pre- liberation period is continuing even though 55 years have gone by since Goa is liberated.

Those holding the land under ‘Makaso’

are only occupants and whole land is owned by government of Goa Daman and Div.

“The elected representatives like sarpanch, panchayat members and MLAs  pretend during the election time that they are very much bothered about us and make assurances, which they always fail to fulfil,” lamented a villager from Naigini- Kudchire.

One more issue which the government has failed to look into is the nuisance created by wild animals -  wild animals like wild boar, leopards, monkeys, peacocks damage crops, and plantations.

“The government has to sort out this problem. There has also been incidents of attacks on villagers by leopards and elephants,” informed Ashok Mavlingakar.