Ramesh Savaikar | NT
BICHOLIM: Phase-4 building of the market complex in Bicholim town being built at a cost of Rs 9.48 crore which has already missed its August 2017 deadline has not yet been completed. BMC authorities however claim that the project is nearing completion and will be inaugurated soon. The work was started in May 2016.
The foundation stone for reconstruction of the 45-year-old government primary school, Bicholim was laid by the former chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar on December 29, 2016, but till date the work has not yet started.
Bicholim is also plagued by parking problem, lack of cleanliness in the market, roadside dumping of garbage, stray cattle menace, lack of proper bus stand, etc.
Phase-2 market building has turned very old and lacks maintenance towards electrification, cleanliness, roof repairs etc. BMC chairperson Satish Gaonkar claimed that the repair of the old building will be undertaken soon after phase-4 of the market is inaugurated.
The KTC bus stand building is also quite old with its proposed extension work scrapped. The Bicholim MLA Rajesh Patnekar had assured of building a new bus stand. He had also revealed that the government has sanctioned Rs 100 crore for many projects in Bicholim. It includes Rs 70 crore for the government office building project, new KTC bus stand, new roads, town beautification works etc.
Cajetan Vaz, a merchant from Bicholim said that for the last two years, residents of the town have only been given false assurances of development.
Arjun Parab, a political worker said that there is a need of a master plan for development of the town. For last couple of years, so many assurances about the town’s development were given but the government has failed to fulfill the promises. Expressing concern over the condition of the old government school building, ex-PTA president Shrikrishna Dhond said that the government is not concerned about the lives of the students. He said that the issue was brought to the notice of the Chief Minister Parrikar, director of education. He said that the PTA had even warned of launching an agitation, however, no alternate provision has been made nor any steps for urgent repairs taken.
Councillors Ajeet Birje and Gurudatta Pal claimed that people’s cooperation is required for development of the town. They said that the residents are disposing garbage along the roads despite garbage bins being kept at many places in all wards in the municipal area.