Garbage, water scarcity, power outages key issues of Candolim
There are nine candidates contesting in ward 7 while wards 4, 8 and 11 will witness straight fights.
Deputy sarpanch Lawrence Fernandes is contesting as an independent in ward no 7 against sitting panch Estella Mascarenhas at Ximer.
Another ward member Patrick who was a ward member of Orda is not contesting as his ward is reserved for women while Annamaria Soares who was a panch member of ward 9 is also not contesting due to health issues.
Issues such as garbage collection, non-functional streetlights and sewage being released into fields by hoteliers are some of the important issues of Candolim.
The issue of garbage not being lifted by the contractor has been raised in many of the gram sabha meetings.
The streetlights in some areas are not functioning, while the monsoon is fast approaching, the branches of trees touching the overhead wires have not been cut.
Locals have often brought the issue to the notice of the gram sabhas and the village panchayat.
John a resident from Candolim said that releasing sewage water into drains by hoteliers is a major issue which has not been resolved.
Candolim sarpanch Sandra Fialho said that many issues are resolved in the past five years.
Fialho said that 2000 trucks of garbage from Arradi have been lifted.