- Interview of Smt Bharati Heble, CCP Corporator- Ward 13, in today's
Herald(Panjim Plus Edition)
Post election, Bharati means business
by GERARD D’SOUZA
Bharati Heble is the new corporator representing Panaji’s Ward 13. A
no frills woman, she triumphed at the CCP elections sans any bigwig
backing. She is all out to straighten out illegalities
PANJIM: Representing the Corporation of the city of Panaji’s ward No
13 has never been easy. The stinking St Inez nullah, slums, bad roads,
violations of open spaces are all part and parcel of this ward.
And current sitting corporator Bharati seems to have begun well.
Bharati Heble, the daughter of legendary poet Bakibab Borkar and
former High School teacher trounced Babush backed Mangala Karapurkar,
and an independent candidate, Seema Pednekar to win for the first
time, in this women’s reserved ward.
Within the first three months of being elected, she has written to the
CCP Mayor asking him to address the issue of illegal constructions in
Heble had sent a letter to Yatin Parekh, mayor, Corporation of the
City of Panaji ( CCP), raising the issue of illegal structures in open
space opposite Sameer apartments, near hotel Ameya, Sta. Inez and
conversion of the open space into a volleyball court, based on the
complaints from the residents of this locality.
“ I have raised issues of illegal constructions in my ward. Some
hutments were built in an open space which serves as a gardencum-
recreational area for residents of the locality. I filed complaints
not only with the CCP but also with other government authorities like
the Urban Health, North Goa Collector, etc.
Through persistent efforts and issuing some stern warnings, the
illegal hutments were demolished,” Heble said.
She has said that it is her love for the city that has kept her going.
“ I have lived in this city for more than four decades and love it
dearly. Panjim was once a very beautiful city, an enterprising and
colourful tourist destination having its own heritage charm. But
sadly, the city’s condition and shape as of today stands deteriorated”
Speaking on her achievements till date, Heble has said that a lot has
been done and a lot more needs to be done.
“ The internal roads in my ward were in a very bad state, and full of
potholes. We got the road works amounting to around Rs40 lakh
sanctioned and built.
Opposite the Church, there was a heritage cross and the CCP were using
this area to store garbage bins. I raised my voice and got them
shifted. A pedestrian road crossing with speed breakers on either side
near the St Inez Church entrance has been another major demand of the
Crossing the road to visit the church is extremely arduous for those
who live in my ward. I moved a resolution for constructing speed
breakers and got it passed in the CCP Council meeting.
The actual construction of the speed breakers may take a couple of
months more, as the file has to move to the office of the North Goa
Collector for notification and then the process of tendering will
commence,” Heble said.
Besides, she has also conducted tree plantation drives in the ward and
has raised issues like traffic congestion and chaos on the roads,
particularly near the Caculo Mall, Sharada Mandir School during
The ward comprises of a part area along the Dayanand Bandodkar Road,
and part of St Inez area. Like few other wards, this ward is also a
mixed bag of voters; rich and poor.
The filth and stench of the nearby St Inez nullah renders the air. The
ward also has a number of colonies including Tamba Colony, Navketan
Colony, Greenland Colony, Madhuban, Par.aat and so on. Incidentally,
this area includes city’s only traffic signals, which were supposed to
work on solar energy but subsequently got damaged.
However, for Bharati the journey has just begun.
“ The first few months were more of a learning exercise for me, as I
was getting used to the system of governance. In the next few months,
my priority will be to build a Balwadi School for the children of St
Inez, a footbridge, footpaths with proper illumination, construction
of water drains, construction of toilets for some houses, providing
additional streetlights, etc. I will also raise other issues plaguing
the city from time to time,” she said.