Carmona gram sabha on Sunday okayed a proposal for improving garbage collection in the village, imposing a garbage collection fee and pushing for better funding from the state government as well as revise house tax.
“A garbage collection fee of Rs 1 per day will be imposed, to begin with, on every registered household in the village so that the responsibility of handing over waste is on every house. After this, the VDC (village development committee) along with ward members will look into tackling garbage issue of rented rooms,” said sarpanch Allwyn Jorge.
Carmona, which is situated between the coastal villages of Varca and Cavelossim, despite having a beach stretch of its own, is not considered a coastal village due to which, the sarpanch said the government funds for garbage collection were not at par with other villages.
“While we get Rs 2 lakh, our neighbouring village gets around Rs 7 lakh just because we are not considered a coastal village. We have asked the director of panchayats and BDO to intervene in the matter so that we too are able to get better funding for garbage management in the village,” he said.
He also announced revision of house tax by 10 per cent. By this revision, households that paid Rs 500 as house tax per year would now have to pay Rs 550 per year beginning from the next financial year. It was also decided that a minimum tax of Rs 150 would be imposed, as many houses in the village were still paying taxes as low as Rs 10 and Rs 50 per year.
In response to a proposal by gram sabha member Sucorro Miranda regarding the issue of garbage collection from tenanted area, the sarpanch informed that an exercise in each ward would be taken up along with tenant verification undertaken by the police.
Locals asked the panchayat to take up the issue of non-functioning of an ambulance, provided under MPLAD funds, with the MLA.
Development of the village, including installation of CCTVs near the football ground, repairing of streetlights and demarcation of village roads, were also discussed. Locals resolved not to allow widening of internal roads to be more than 6 metres.
Source:: The Navhind Times