Bicholim, Jan 19
Bicholim MLA Rajesh Patnekar and people from Bicholim on Tuesday vowed to indefinitely stop mining trucks plying through the city.
It may be recalled that Patnekar and counselors of Bicholim Municipal Council (BMC) at a press conference earlier had convened a meeting of all the people, who are against mining trucks plying in the city, at BMC hall on Tuesday.
There has been constant agitations in the taluka in protest against the mining transportation since the last four years. Besides, trucks from Sirsaim and Maharastra, which enter the State, use roads in Bicholim.
The agitations have been sparked due to accidents, pollution, overloading of mining trucks and police authorities incompetence in keeping a check over mining activities.
In view of this, Bicholim MLA Patnekar had said the problem should be solved once and for all and a meeting to this effect was called on Tuesday. About 100 people attended the meeting and expressed displeasure over mining traffic in the city.
Some people suggested alternative suggestions, while other asked to carry out a massive agitation involving people from Bicholim.
Patnekar told the people that meeting was called to chalk out a final action plan and an action committee was formed to stop mining trucks plying from Bicholim.
On Thursday, we will submit a memorandum to the deputy collector and will give an ultimatum of five days and from Tuesday, all mining trucks plying from Bicholim city will be stopped,” Patnekar told reporters.
“We have formed an action committee and have decided to stop all the mining trucks plying from Bicholim, as it is posing a danger to the life of the general public,” said Patnekar.
BMC councilors, panchas of various panchayats and prominent persons from the city were present for the meeting.
Herald, 20 January 2010