The only and oldest municipal garden of the Portuguese era at the centre of Chdwdi town in Canacona Municipality is thrown open public on Wednesday.
The Municipal Garden, virtually lying in the doldrums and remained for public entry for the past few years, is now renovated by the Forest department’s Social Forestry Parks & Gardens at a cost of over Rs.7 lakhs.
The garden renovated with decorative and ornamental plants, fresh Lawns, Swings, Slides for children to play, Benches, and Chairs for sit-outs slides is, inaugurated by the cutting of ribbon by Canacona MLA/Speaker Ramesh Tawadkar in the presence of CMC Chairperson Ramakant Naikgaunkar and a Senior Forest Officer Vishal Surve and others.
Speaking on occasion, Tawadkar said that Developments are taking place quickly in Canacona taluka. The momentum gained in development will be continued with even greater vigour. By the following year, the main fundamental problems faced by the residents of electricity, water and roads in the whole of Canacona will be solved. ‘There is no need to be alarmed by the noise some people create. We do not carry a magic wand, but we need time to get the pending works beyond the last five years. We are completing them all within the next four years period’, in an apparent reference to the people crying out for uninterrupted power supply, repair of roads, and commissioning of Gauvem Dam pending for last six years after its completion, for want of OH storage tanks and supply lines.
Located centrally at the Commercial hub of Chawdi, this garden was previously renovated and also maintained for a few years by Lalit, The Golf and Spa Resorts, Rajbhag, but post the end of that municipal term, Canacona municipality didn’t pursue its maintenance.
CMC Chairperson Ramakant Naikgaunkar, however, made it clear that anti-socials should remain out of this garden, and the children, elderly and members of the public are welcome to use it. Naikgaunkar also demanded that the MLA/Speaker, having taken serious view of developing Canacona, requested to beautify the area from Char-Rast to Police Station stretch to make the town more attractive.
CMC Vice Chairperson Narcisco Fernandes, Councilors Pandurang (Dhiraj) Naikgaunkar, Simon Rebello, Shubham Komarpant, Nitu Desai, Sara NaikDesai, Amita Pagi, Hemantkumar NaikGgaunkar, Laxuman Pagi, BJP Mandal President Vishal Desai, Forest Officers Suhas Naik and others were present.
Forest officer accepted the suggestion of former dy, Chairerpson Deilip Kenkre, to keep decorative garbage bins in the garden.