Aldona gram sabha approves draft CZMP prepared by villagers



The Aldona extra ordinary gram sabha has unanimously
approved the draft CZMP prepared by villagers after intensive consultation with
experts on Monday. Earlier the deputed expert was unsuccessful in explaining
about the CRZ norms and plans following which villagers took charge and
explained about various discrepancies in the draft

On Monday the extra-ordinary gram sabha meeting of the
Aldona panchayat was convened where sarpanch Francis D’souza, Panchayat
secretary Pravisha Bhosle and other panchayat members were present. The field
surveyor Sameer Phadte was present to explain to villagers about the draft CZMP

As the expert began to explain about the plan, the
villagers raised objection and questioned, ‘Why the plan which has been already
been rejected by villagers is being explained to them again as local
stakeholders were not considered while drafting the plan’.

A villager Oldrin Pereira said, “We have already a
prepared our village draft CZMP plan and it was submitted to the department one
month back. Before coming to the panchayat office the experts should have gone
through the draft plan”.

Another resident Teo Dias questioned the resource person
whether he had studied the plan or had directly come to the panchayat.

Replying to queries, Phadte said, “We were asked to
explain the plan to members and a 15-day period is given to the panchayat
to submit their suggestions and objections”.

Villagers constantly insisted that the resource person
must explain CRZ rules and norms, however resource person Phadte who tried his
best to reply could not satisfy the villagers queries.

Subsequently Oldrin Pereira along with other members who
were part of the group from the communidade who had jointly prepared the draft
CZMP plan for the village explained both the plans. While explaining the draft
CZMP prepared by the Chennai company, Pereira informed that fishing bag nets (Harri) are not shown in
their plan. Besides two iconic bridges at Calvim and Corjuem, bird nesting
site, sluice gates, fishing boundaries and rights of fishing community are not

Nelson Figuereido said, “They have considered satellite
images and marked as mangrove covers while these areas are actually khazan

Subsequently it was resolved to approve the CZMP plan
prepared by the Communidade by taking all stakeholders into confidence.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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