Shaikh Jamaluddin | NT
Penha de Franca
Although the Penha de Franca village panchayat is trying to meet the challenges arising out of growing demands from the villagers, the ‘shortcomings remain’ with lots of problems yet to be resolved.
There is no proper market for the villagers; the existing market place is in a pathetic condition and bears a ‘haunted’ look. The women avoid visiting it as drunkards loiter around.
In absence of a good marketplace, many villagers conduct business near Kavlekar building and near the cricket ground.
There are some vegetable stalls, mutton stalls, grocery shops, tea and food joints in the old market but they are conducting businesses in unhygienic conditions.
The residents said that the work on the new market complex should be expedited immediately, so that they do not have to depend on Mapusa or Panaji markets.
The colonies that are mushrooming in the area are exerting enormous pressure on basic facilities. Land prices have also soared and the village is plagued by power interruptions and scarcity of water supply.
There are many gardens in the village panchayat’s jurisdiction particularly in Porvorim. While some gardens are well-maintained, others lie in neglect. Prominent gardens are Nana Nani and Natwanchem garden, LIG/MIG garden, garden in front of library, garden behind Shyama Prasad building, garden behind Maharashtra Bank, and others. The Science Park behind Goa Housing Board is on the verge of completion.
Residents of Journalist’s Colony, Pundalik Nagar, Kranti Nagar, Goa Housing Board Colony and others face a lot of inconvenience while crossing the highway near Maruti Sai Service Circle. There are complaints of absence of streetlights from Malim Circle till Sanjay School even after inauguration of Atal Sethu for traffic.
Garbage has been dumped on roadsides including in front of Subhas Chandra Bose garden despite of door-to-door garbage collection by the village panchayat as a result plastic carry bags are strewn in the area everywhere. Stray dogs and cattle scavenge on the garbage and scatter it all over.
Source:: The Navhind Times