Raj Bhavan building in bad shape: Goa BJP chief

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Panaji

Indicating that the Raj Bhavan building is not in good shape, state president of the Bharatiya Janata Party Sadanand Tanawade on Monday said that the Dona Paula-based official residence of the Governor has water seeping problem during the monsoon season and its related repairs are getting difficult with every passing year.

“This is the reason why the government wanted to construct a new Raj Bhavan building,” he justified, stating that the decision was taken after due deliberation at a recent meeting headed by Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, held to review the ongoing maintenance work of the Raj Bhavan and its
restoration.

It may be recalled that following announcement of construction of the new Raj Bhavan building, Governor Satya Pal Malik himself termed the decision as “illogical and imprudent”, especially since it had come during a pandemic and he further sought that it be deferred.

State Congress president Girish Chodankar had alleged that the government was in the process of converting the heritage building of Raj Bhavan into a starred hotel.

Tanawade, brushing off the allegation of Chodankar, said the state Congress chief has a habit of lying. “Chodankar should provide evidence to substantiate his charge,” he added.

Earlier known as Palacio do Cabo, the Raj Bhavan, spread over a sprawling 88 acres of land, is located on a cape overlooking the Arabian Sea. The palace is said to be built between the 16th century and 17th century.

Palacio do Cabo had been the official residence of the Viceroys and Governor Generals during the Portuguese rule in Goa. After Liberation, it became Raj Bhavan, the official residence of the state Governor.