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ASI Goa writes to ITS headquarters in Delhi regarding power Minister Pandurang Madkaikar’s illegal compound wall and garden

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The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) Goa Circle has written to the Additional Director General of Archaeology in New Delhi over Power Minister Paandurang Madkaikar’s unapproved construction of compound wall and landscape enhancement within the Prohibited area near the Basilica of Bom Jesus at Old Goa.

The Superintending Archaeologist of ASI in Goa has in his letter pointed out that as Pandurang Madkaikar is a Minister in the Goa Government holding the portfolios of Power, Social Welfare and Non- conventional energy, a lot of queries are made by people regarding the demolition of the unauthorized compound wall and land enhancement.  The Goa ASI in its letter has further drawn the attention to the complaint referred to its office by the office of the Prime Minister over Pandurang Madkaikar’s illegal compound wall.

Stating that the construction of the bungalow was permitted by the National Monument Authority (NMA), the ASI Goa has pointed out that despite notices being issued over the unapproved construction of the compound wall, the construction of the compound wall was not stopped by Pandurang Madkaikar’s Nikitasha Realtors Ltd.

Adv. Aires Rodrigues in his complaint to various authorities had pointed out that Pandurang Madkaikar had constructed the compound wall within less than 50 metres from the prohibited area of the Central Protected Monument of the Basilica of Bom Jesus.

Adv. Rodrigues in his complaint had also drawn the attention that Pandurang Madkaikar on 13th June 2011 had given a written undertaking to the Secretary of Archives and Archaeology that he would within three months dismantle at his own cost the fencing which falls within the prohibited 100 metres from the Basilica of Bom Jesus.

On 3rd November 2015 the Archaeological Survey of India had asked the Old Goa Police Inspector to register an F.I.R against Pandurang Madkaikar over the unauthorized compound wall and had also endorsed a copy to the local authorities including the North Goa Collector and the local Panchayat but no action was taken.

The plot admeasuring 35,125 sq mts adjacent to the Basilica of Bom Jesus on which the bungalow has been built was bought by Nikitasha Realtors Pvt Ltd represented by its Managing Director Janita Pandurang Madkaikar on 11th October 2004 from Marcel based Swarnabhumi Builders for twenty lakhs while Pandurang Madkaikar was the Revenue Minister.

That agricultural land comprising of 22 teak, 4 jackfruit, 3 Mango, 20 Nandi and 30 coconut trees was granted conversion by the Town & Country Planning department on 7th February 2008 and the Sanad obtained on 3rd March 2008 all when Pandurang Madkaikar was the Transport Minister.

The construction licence for the bungalow was issued within a fortnight with the licence applied on 15th January 2013 and the Panchayat issuing it on 2nd February 2013.Nikitasha Realtors Pvt Ltd owned by Pandurang Madkaikar on 5th January this year applied for the Occupancy certificate which was granted by the Old Goa Panchayat headed by Pandurang Madkaikar’s wife Sarpanch Janita Madkaikar within a week on 11th January after getting it approved at the meeting of the Panchayat held on 8th January. Power Minister Pandurang Madkaikar moved into the bungalow on April 1st this year.

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