A day after being elected the first sarpanch of Juhu Gaothan,a 150-year-old village in the heart of the citys Juhu area,Clint Caston held a meeting with the local corporator Adolf Dsouza on Monday to discuss civic issues.
I visited the residents of the village and they told me their problems. We then went to the corporator and told him the key areas where the residents were facing problems. He has promised to convey our woes to the BMC, Caston said. The main issues faced by the residents of the Juhu Gaothan,were water contamination,bad roads and overflowing sewerage lines.
We have been receiving contaminated water for the past one-and-a-half years . Four sewerage lines are overflowing. Also,many roads in the village are in a poor condition. We conveyed this to the corporator, said Bruno Creado who also contested the elections.
The village,which is home to nearly 400 families (predominantly Catholic),chose Caston as the sarpanch on Sunday. Around 262 votes were cast and Caston won with a margin of 30 votes.
The initiative to form a panchayat in the village was taken up by Gaothans Active Residents Association of Juhu (GARAJ) a citizens group within the village. The panchayat is elected for a period of two years where its members will hold a meeting with the civic body,its departments and directly elected representatives and put forward their problems on a regular basis.