CHANDOR: Amidst growing anger among the villagers of Chandor over failure to enforce a ban on stone-laden trucks plying through the village, the south Goa collector has put the onus on the law enforcing agencies to ensure that the ban is enforced.
The villagers have warned to take to the streets if the government fails to act against the trucks plying through the village despite the ban which was imposed in 2008 on movement of heavy trucks.
The villagers claimed that the ban is being violated blatantly and the authorities have remained mute spectators. They pointed out that the trucks move at high speeds posing danger to school children crossing near the school of being run over by the fast-moving trucks.
Speaking to this daily, the collector Anjali Sherawat informed that she is aware of the case though she has not perused the order. She said that it is upto the law-enforcing agencies to ensure that the ban is enforced.
Cuncolim MLA Cleofasio Dias, who is presently in Chennai, said, “I had issued a memorandum to the south Goa collector earlier however the collector was on leave and I will pursue the matter with the concerned authorities after I return.”
Villagers claimed that each time they raise the issue, transport officials make their presence felt only for a couple of days and vanish thereafter and it is business as usual.
Meanwhile, sources in the transport department seeking anonymity claimed that while some people are raising ruckus over the issue, some people want relaxation of the ban for carrying construction material. The official stated that several times the department has booked trucks for violating the ban, however within minutes the trucks stop plying only to return after they leave.
Source:: The Navhind Times