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Sunday, July 3, 2016

Benaulim opposes ordinance for regularising illegal structures

MARGAO: The adjourned gram sabha of Benaulim held on Sunday unanimously opposed the ordinance of the government seeking to regularise illegal constructions.
The members also took the panchayat to task for not taking adequate steps to demolish all the illegal structures at Tolleabhand area.

The meeting also took stock of the illegal mobile towers being in operation in the village and advised the panchayat to take steps to remove the same. There was a suggestion to relocate the towers in non-residential areas.
The meeting also discussed the destruction of roads and drains by the PWD contractors for laying water pipelines, underground electric cables and fibre optic cables.
The Grams Sabha resolved to penalise the contractors and get the roads and drains restored to their original condition. A mention was also made of the road between Kharebandh bridge and Tolleabhand which was damaged and there is every possibility of the sides giving way.
The members urged the panchayat to take remedial steps before any public transport bus or any other vehicles plunges into the water due to the road edge collapsing.
Earlier, while presenting the budget for the financial year, the gram sabha objected to the low house tax receipts projected in the budget.  The panchayat was questioned as to why the reassessment of house tax is taking a long time. The sarpanch informed that the proposal for passing the funds for the reassessment is pending with the Director of Panchayats and they would follow up the same.
Gram Sabha member Rudolf Barretto reminded the panchayat that the resolution to reassess the starred hotels on priority is pending and this deprives the panchayat of a lot of revenue.  He also opined that the imposition of house tax based on area is flawed.
There was also a heated discussion on the construction licence issued to a multi-dwelling unit in Vasvaddo area.  The panchayat was questioned for not challenging the technical clearance given by the TCP to this unit based on a 4 metre approach road.  The gram sabha unanimously resolved to pursue the same and challenge the same in Court, if required.  

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