Sao Mathias Panchayat Gram Sabha took place on 28th October 2012 with Vanxim luxury hotel project promoted by Bamons Mahendra Gaunekar who purchased the large chunk of land from Goa Archbishop Bamon Felipe Neri Ferrao, on top priority of discussion. The retaining wall project for Vanxim pending before the Panchayat was objected to by 57 people registered voters in Vanxim including its elected representative to the Panchayat. Retaining wall has been the part of infrastructure mentioned in 109 page joint development agreement between Mahendra Gaunekar and his wife Sonali Gaunekar on one side and Ozone group on the other.
The modus operandi adopted by these developers has been to implement the project without submitting the same to the local Panchayat. Retaining wall around the Vanxim island has been one such fundamental move. This move faced major setback in the latest Gram Sabha of 28th October 2012.
This island of Vanxim (Capao) in Goa's Tiswadi taluka is facing stiff resistance to various projects for the past couple of decades with things picking up in intensity over the past few years of protests.
Local Marathi daily Tarun Bharat and English daily Times of India, both of 29th October 2012 carried the Gram Sabha reports with some details.