The people of Davorlim and Dicarpale fear they will face all kinds of troubles including noise pollution and traffic jams if the government sets up the educational hub in their village. This they feel will not give them any tangible benefits.
As the plan is to relocate schools presently operating in Margao in an attempt to decongest the city and provide a better environment to the students to study, the villagers are primarily questioning the benefit they will get from this.
“They will just shift the schools with the existing students and staff to our village where neither our children will be given admission nor our youth be employed,” said Andrew Rebello while pointing out that the villagers will have to suffer traffic congestion and other problems.
Besides, he pointed out that Margao does not offer any help to their village and pointed out that they were not even permitted to take their garbage to Sonsodio. “So why should we sacrifice our peace and tranquility for the sake of Margao,” he asked.
In fact, even before the government started the process of acquiring the land for a “multipurpose utility project” on 27th November 2009, people of Davorlim had been demanding that the land be used for the benefit of the locals and there were various gram sabha resolutions to this effect.
At the gram sabha held on 16th February 1983, it was resolved that the land be reserved as a green belt and given to the villagers to be used as pasture land. Then on 29th March 1994 the gram sabha resolved to ask the Communidade who were the owners of the land to reserve it for local agricultural tenants.
The gram sabha held on 3rd February 2013 resolved that 10,000 square metres of the land be reserved for the Holy Cross Chapel to house the existing cross there besides asking for a Village Sports Complex to be set up on the land.
At the same gram sabha it was resolved to de-notify 60,000 sq mts of the land proposed to be used for garbage treatment plan as was proposed in the Regional Plan. All these gram sabha resolutions were endorsed by the panchayat at its meeting held on 2nd March 2013.
Changing times had its effect as a year later at the gram sabha held on 24th August 2014 it was resolved that 5000 sq mts of land be handed over to the panchayat to store the garbage collected from the village.
Then at a gram sabha held on 5th March 2017 it was resolved to reserve 20,000 sq mts for the Holy Cross chapel, 5000 for a cattle shed and to bury dead cattle and another 5000 sq mts to store garbage.
At the gram sabha held on 29th October 2017 even local MLA Luizinho Faleiro was compelled to ask the government to listen to the people and understand their problems. “I think we politicians should listen to the people, understand their problem and take necessary action,” he said.
He admitted that in the past Davorlim had freely given land for development and pointed out that two wards of Davolim have been converted into housing board colony and were now part of another panchayat.
“Both the panchayat ghars of Rumdamoll Davorlim and Davorlim Dicarpale are built on land given by the communidade besides various football grounds including the one at Zoriwado for which 23,000 sq mts of land was taken,” said Luizinho.
The villagers in fact at the gram sabha held on 19th November 2017 asked the Sarpanch to invite Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and TCP Minister Vijai Sardessai to visit the village to understand their problem and the Chief Minister had said he would initiate the work on the education hub in March 2018. However, his illness postponed the process. [H]