On his constituency visit to Canacona, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Saturday assured the residents of the constituency to resolve the issues faced by them at the earliest, precisely by September.
“There are three things rolled in one (visit). BJP party organisation and party programmes, to see what type of development is lacking in the constituency and thirdly to prepare for the (Lok Sabha) election,” Parrikar said after his visit to the constituency.
On reaching Canacona around 9.45 am, the Chief Minister was welcomed with party flags by MP Narendra Sawaikar, BJP leader Vijay Pai Khot and president of yuva morcha Pankaj Naik Gaonkar.
Parrikar later visited Agonda areas. He garlanded the Santa Khuris where a few women were present. Later, a meeting was held at Agonda which was attended by around 200 people. Local sarpanch Shilpa Pagi and two panchas submitted a memorandum highlighting three issues – a pending bridge, issue of low power voltage and houses in CRZ areas. The Chief Minister assured to complete the bridge construction costing Rs 57 lakh. He also directed the electricity department engineers to upgrade the existing transformer or find an alternative solution to install a transformer. Parrikar also gave an assurance on structures on beachside.
He later went to the Srishtal panchayat area after visiting a nearby temple. He also accepted a memorandum of sarpanch Divendra Naik, who briefed the Chief Minister on the problems faced by locals in procuring drinking water following which Parrikar assured to resolve the issues.
Later, he travelled to Kotigao panchayat area where panch Rajesh Naik explained the problems faced by locals. “We want a mini dam. A proposal was sent to the government but nothing has been done. Kotigao tribals are facing a land crisis under the Forest rights Act. Around 40 claims are pending. I urged the Chief Minister to look into the matter,” said Naik. He also brought to the
notice of the Chief Minister a proposal of eco-tourism proposed at Kuske which could have generated employment. Though Parrikar assured to resolve the issues, he expressed displeasure over the absence of sarpanch Umesh Goankar.
After having lunch at a supporter’s house at Gaondongri, the Chief Minister visited the Kotigao wildlife sanctuary where he assured to make bird festival a major state event. Later, he travelled to Poinguinnin and Loliem panchayat areas before addressing a meeting at Talpona jetty area. Local panch Rudresh Namshekar placed three issues before the Chief Minister. “Locals have no access to the beach. The mouth of Talpona river at the jetty needs to dredged. We have a crematorium in the forest land and we fear that we may lose it soon,” he said. Parrikar directed forest department officials to draw a map and find a suitable solution to the problem of the crematorium. He said that once the National Institute of Oceanography looks into the environmental impact reports, a tender will be floated and work of dredging of the jetty area will start in three months. He assured to visit the areas again.
Source:: The Navhind Times