Sawant assures end to Cuncolim ills



Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Saturday assured Cuncolim
villagers of addressing their concerns including that of pollution, bypass
alignment and other civic issues, so also regarding setting up of a fire
station for the area.

Sawant listened to grievances of the villagers at a
special meeting, and questioned officials of the Goa State Pollution Control
Board, and the electricity, PWD, police and fire departments.

The villagers highlighted their concerns on pollution
emanating from the units at the Cuncolim industrial estate. They pointed out
that industrial pollution has been responsible for the rise in asthma and
cancer cases.

Councillors Panzy Coutinho and Shashank Dessai spoke out
against air pollution, and said that hazardous waste is also dumped into water

They said the stench from fishmeal plants has also become
nuisance for the villagers.

“I will direct the GSPCB to inspect the units for dust
pollution, water pollution and stench, and make the report public,” Sawant said,
asking the people to inform the municipality of their polluted wells.

The issue over the bypass alignment was also discussed.
The Chief Minister urged the locals to cooperate with the survey department for
finalising the plan.

“There are three routes that have to be surveyed. But
every time the surveyors come, people chase them away. We do not want to touch
any house, but we want a cost-effective plan so as to ensure that least number
of houses is affected. We will keep the final plan in the panchayat office
for people’s perusal,” he said.

The villagers also
demanded setting up of a fire station in
the area as the nearest fire station for them is in Margao.

At the meeting, a fire department official explored the
possibility of setting up a fire station at Panzarconi housing board.

Sawant directed the fire, PWD and electricity departments
to inspect and test the stability of a government building for housing the fire
office temporarily.

The villagers also raised their concerns over traffic,
streetlights and open defecation at the industrial estate. They stressed
on the need for upgradation of
electricity infrastructure in the municipal area.

Sawant asked people to make complaints if they find government
servants do not work properly.

“The employees who do not serve the people properly have
no right to be in service. If there is any delay in the government work it is
not because of funds but because of bureaucracy,” Sawant remarked.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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