Chodankar slams Govt over violation in ‘Smart City’ work

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Panaji: Congress leader Girish Chodankar on Thursday slammed BJP government following ‘show cause notice’ by North Goa Planning and Development Authority (NGPDA) to Smart City Project for blatant violation while carrying out work.

“On the many occasions Congress leaders have alleged that there is corruption involved in Smart City works, now NGPDA has exposed the wrong doings of ‘Imagine Panaji Smart City Development’, who has violated the process of construction,” Chodankar said.

According to him, Imagine Smart City has violated building regulations while constructing ‘Community market in Ribandar’ and constructed in road set back area.

“The Plan for this market was approved by NGPDA, however they have violated it,” Chodankar said.

“This is nothing but the arrogance of power is seen in the BJP government and Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, who is using his office for illegal things. Can the responsible officers change the plan of work after approval. This is clear violation,” he said.

“Who is to be held accountable for all the wastage of Public funds ? We demand immediate inquiry in this blatant violation,’ he said.

Chodankar said that “Panaji BJP MLA and Revenue Minister Atanasio Monserrate had admitted that ongoing work of Panaji ‘Smart City’ is sub-standard. Now along with corruption there are also illegalities. Hence I demand that investigation of the whole episode of Smart City,” he said.

“Sawant claims that double engine government can make progress, but here in Goa it is evident that these engines are involved in illegalities and corruption,” Chodankar alleged.

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