During a day long tour Governor visited ancient stone carving at Rivona village evinced keen interest to know about rich cultural heritage, flora and fauna in the remote area. Eminent Environmentalist Shri. Rajendra Kerkar informed the importance of stone carvings discovered at Rivona and stressed the need to conserve and preserve such heritage.
Governor was informed by the locals about the hurdles faced to contruct the road towards the stone carving site and requested his intervention to resolve the issues related to protection of the site although the site has been identified by the State Archaeological Department.
Governor Shri. Pillai expressed his wish to write a book on ancient stone carvings discovered at Rivona and other cultural heritage sites found in the area and explore its importance on national and international arena.
Governor Shri. Pillai also visited Uguem Panchayat and interacted with Sarpanch and panch members of Uguem, Curdi and Bhati Panchayat. He gave a patient ear to the grievances and issues placed by the sarpanch and panch members of respective Panchayats. The people brought to the notice of the Governor about insufficient water supply in the three panchayat areas and also the unresolved issue of rehabilitation of Salaulim Dam project which has been pending for the last 38 years. Locals also insisted for speedy revival of Mining industry as larger population in Sanguem taluka are dependent on it. People also demanded for installation of internet facilities for better connectivity to enable their students to attend online classes.
Governor Shri. Pillai assured for prompt redressal of the issues and problems raised by the local bodies. He said that all the demands and issues will be put forward to concerned Government Departments as soon as new Government is formed in the State.
Governor further said that he is mesmerized by seeing the natural beauty, cultural heritage and historical monuments in the taluka and underscored the need for implementation of eco tourism initiatives for sustainable growth of villages.
Governor along with the first lady Smt. Rita Sreedharan started his tour by first offering prayers and seeking blessing for betterment of the State of Lord Shree Damodar at Zambaulim.
The Governor also visited Salaulim Dam and Netravali lake.
Sarpanch of Uguem Panchayat Shri. Uday Dessai, Dy. Sarpanch Smt. Bharati Naik, Sarpanch of Bhati Panchayat Shri. Uday Naik, Sarpanch of Curdi Panchayat Shri. Domancio Barretto and all panch members of three panchayats were present for the interaction held with the Governor.
Secretary to Governor, Shri. R. Mihir Vardhan, ADC to Governor Shri. Vishram Borkar, Lt. Darshan Ningaraj Sankarraddi, Addl. Collector III South Shri. Prashant Shirodkar, Dy. Collector Sanguem Shri. Pandurang Talgaonkar, Mamlatdar Shri. Rajesh Sakhalkar and other Officers were present on the occasion.