Ponda: Shiroda locals have opposed the barge jetty at Karai Shiroda area proposed by the Captain of Ports department under Sagarmala project of the central government.
The panchayat has also resolved to write to the public works department to improve water supply of the village, revise house taxes and has also passed the budget of Rs 2.60 cr during the gram sabha held on Sunday.
Locals stated that the Captain of Ports department has not taken them into confidence while proposing the jetty. Sarpanch Amit Shirodkar said that the panchayat was only aware about the passenger jetty proposed under Sagarmala project at Karai area and the locals have welcomed the decision. But the barge jetty proposed near the passenger jetty was kept hidden by the department and as soon as the locals learnt about the hidden agenda, they opposed it, he said.
Sarpanch Shirodkar has also alleged the involvement of former river navigation minister in proposing the barge jetty without taking the people into confidence and termed it as a bad decision.
Locals argued that the maintenance jetty is mainly built for repair work or as a barge cleaning dock. In such situations the locals fear a lot of barge waste including oil may be dumped at the jetty surroundings. Some locals have also stated that the barge jetty will not be beneficial to local people of Shiroda. In this regard a resolution has been passed in the gram sabha which will be sent to the river navigation department.
Considering the water woes faced by locals of Shiroda panchayat area especially in hilly terrains, the panchayat has decided to write to the PWD, demanding improved water supply to the village. During the gram sabha the villagers raised the issue of poor water supply. The panchayat maintained that low pressure water is being supplied by the PWD. After discussing the issue for a while, the panchayat decided to ask the PWD to increase the water pressure for Shiroda area with an aim of improved water supply.
Sarpanch Shirodkar informed that the panchayat has passed the budget for the financial year 2019-20 during the gram sabha which is estimated to be around Rs 2.60 crore. He also said that the panchayat has decided to revise the taxes of houses in the village. House tax was not revised for the last 10 years and considering the same the panchayat has decided to revise the tax from this year.
The gram sabha was chaired by sarpanch Amit Shirodkar and other panch members during the proceedings.