Calangute MLA Michael Lobo suggested stopping issuing of construction licenses in the village until the electricity and sewerage infrastructure was put in place in Calangute. “So many flats and buildings have come up in Calangute. Until and unless sewerage and electricity problems are resolved, I think we have to stop issuing licences for construction in Calangute,” Lobo said. The Calangute MLA was speaking after inaugurating the newly renovated fish and vegetable market in Calangute. Continuing, Lobo said electricity and sewerage were crucial for the development of Calangute and slammed those who brought obstacles in setting up the infra in the village. “We were bringing a new power line from Baga to Calangute. Somebody instigated some farmers in Arpora-Nagao not to allow electricity poles in the fields. Sometimes there is delay in taking up works only because some people approach the High Court and bring stay in the works,” he said. He further said that underground power cable has already been laid in Candolim and parts of Naika-vaddo and Gaura-vaddo and opined that sewerage system was very important in the coastal village to treat the growing sewage. He urged the local panchayat to discuss with the people so that the two pumping stations can soon be set up to kick start the project.
Lobo said the fish market was refurbished with funds from hotels who have contributed their bit through CSR activity. He thanked social worker Neville Proenca and deputy sarpanch Sudhesh Mayenkar for spending time and effort undertaking the work on the market. While assuring the community that the fish market will not be shifted to any other place, Lobo said there was need to reconstruct a toilet in the vicinity. Calangute Sarpanch Shawn Martins informed that renovation of fish market was one of the many promises in their panchayat election manifesto. The re-constructed Holy Cross chapel in the vicinity was also inaugurated on the occasion. Former Sarpanch Anthony Menezes, Parra Sarpanch Delilah Lobo, local panch Puja Matkar and others were also present.
Many Goans are Unemployed
Stating that a lot of people are unemployed in the State, Calangute MLA Michael Lobo said the government must think about the difficulties of the downtrodden so that they can lead a better life. He said the government of the day has to have concern about the poor people especially those who have small businesses and those who are self-employed. Today, a lot of people are unemployed. The chief minister has to think about them. The ministers should also spare a thought for them,” Lobo said. The Calangute MLA said that people of Goa know what is good for them and in another 15 days when the election results for the four assembly seats are out, Goans will show in which direction the government should move. “In some days, we will get result of four assembly constituencies and then it will be decided which government will hold the fort in the State,” he said.