MAPUSA: The Saligao village panchayat has issued a stop order notice to a mobile tower coming up in its jurisdiction at Abreu vaddo. Locals have been opposing the illegal mobile tower as it was coming up in a residential area where there exists a government school. They have also written to various authorities such as the block development officer, Bardez deputy collector, senior town planner, chief town planner, collector and also to the director of panchayats to look into the matter.
A group of villagers from Abreuwaddo in Saligao recently took a delegation to the Sarpanch asking him to intervene as no construction licence has been issued by the panchayat for mobile tower construction. Subsequently, taking cognizance of the same, the panchayat immediately issued a stop work order.
Sarpanch Lucas Remedios said the panchayat had only given an NOC and not construction licence for erecting the mobile tower. "Panchayat had not given any construction licence to the project," Remedios said.
Central government already has accumulated an unhealthy amount of powers for itself leading to all manner of corruption and siphoning off of money into Swiss banks. The State governments have been reduced to merely glorified municipal corporations. Time has come for this central power to be relinquished to the people where it rightly belongs. The correct place is to begin from bottom upwards i.e. Panchayats. Amending the Constitution has never been an obstacle for the ruling establishment whenever it was question of suiting its interests. It has already been amending around 100 times in 60 years. If there is need to amend the Constitution, it is no obstacle, let it be amended.