Waste dumped in the area invites stray cattle; Locals fear accidents; Sarvan sarpanch says he will look into the matter
Samir Umarye BICHOLIM: Several vehicles lying abandoned by the road side at Sarvan in Bicholim have been a major cause of concern for the commuters and the residents. The vehicles on Bicholim-Sanquelim main road pose a risk, say locals, with the panchayat also turning a Nelson’s eye to them which can now only be sent to the scrapyards. “These vehicles are lying here for over a year and no one is bothered about it” former Mayem ZP member Pondu Sawant said. Sawant has a business establishment right opposite to the site where these vehicles are an eyesore on the Bicholim-Sanquelim road. These vehicles could be from a nearby garage, say locals and the owner of the garage is reportedly not taking any efforts to clear the area. There are several vehicles, including a crane, car and some other vehicles. “All these vehicles are along the highway and there are chances that they could lead to some accident,” Sawant said. “The panchayat should instruct the garage owner to either sell the vehicles to some scrap yard or should ask the original owners to take away their vehicles,” he added. As per sources, the land belongs to comunidade while some of the area is also a private property. When contacted the Karapur-Sarvan sarpanch, Ramesh Sawant said that he would look into the matter. What is bothering most of the people, say locals, is that this site is also becoming a haven for the garbage dumpsters. In the evening there are cattle that are seen at this place feeding over the leftovers. “This place is like a dumping site and there are vehicles, garbage and all sorts of things. The cattle always pose problem for the smooth flow of traffic on this road and there have been even minor accidents at this place,” said Tukaram Sawant, a resident.