Curchorem sports complex, waste treatment projects in limbo

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Samir Bhat | NT

Curchorem

Six ambitious projects undertaken in the present term of Curchorem MLA Nilesh Cabral have remained incomplete either due to financial constraints or due to other reasons.

The projects include the iconic sports and community facility project, municipal administrative building, garbage treatment plant, new CHC building, renovation and extension of Ravindra Bhavan, and taluka-level branch of the Central Library.

Work on the multifaceted sports complex in ward 14 of Bepquegal near the Ravindra Bhavan being constructed at a cost of Rs 55 crore in an area of about more than 11,000 sq metres of land was started in 2016 and was expected to be completed in 2019. But, only 40 per cent of the work has been completed and though as per the extension granted, the work has to be completed by March 31, 2021 and it seems a herculean task.

The project includes indoor and outdoor courts for badminton, basketball, squash and volleyball. There will be provision of courts for table tennis, billiards pool, chess and carom. Indoor and outdoor swimming pools besides competition pools will also be provided. There will be provision of fitness centre, rock-climbing wall, running track, joggers track and skating rink. It will also have cricket practice pitches, exhibition and workshop galleries, library and reading rooms. There will also be public garden-cum-children play area. The building will include administrative areas, storage rooms, locker rooms and toilets.

Work on the three-storey municipality administrative building is almost completed and is awaiting final touches. Ground floor of the project consists of shops while the second and third floor is reserved for the municipal administration. A theater will be housed on the third floor. The work was started in 2015 and was to be completed within 1 year and 8 months. The expenditure of the project will be about Rs 12 crore, it is learnt.

The third important project is the garbage treatment plant coming up in ward 7 of Kakoda in an area of about 7000 sq metres at a cost of Rs 173 crore. The foundation stone was laid in 2019 and as per information provided by Power Minister Nilesh Cabral, it will be completed by November 2021. The plant will generate electricity with the help of solar energy which will be utilised by the CCMC area besides biogas will also be generated.

Another important project is the new building of community health centre (CHC) equipped with the most modern facilities. After the completion of the project, serious patients will not be referred to Hospicio Hospital but will be directly shifted to Goa Medical College ad Hospital, Bambolim. The hospital will have specialist doctors including surgeon, gynaecologist, paediatrician, ophthalmologist, orthopedic surgeon and X-ray and CT scan facilities, operation-theater, morgue and other facilities. The project is expected to get completed before rains.

Another project was of renovation and extension of the Ravindra Bhavan. The renovation work has already being completed. In the extension work, 17 classrooms have been constructed in the new building. The finishing work of the same is presently stalled. As per information, the required musical instruments have been provided and are waiting to be used.

Another proposed project is the four-storey building to house Padmashree Bakibab Borkar library, Curchorem, the government taluka library, which currently functions from a makeshift building.

Recently, the department of art and culture had taken possession of the nearly 5,500 sq metre of land located near the KTC bus stand, Curchorem, identified by the state government for the project.

Sources associated with planning of the library building project informed that the library will be equipped with all modern amenities required for students and book lovers, including an e-library, a study room that will be kept open until late hours and a reference section.

The building will be air-conditioned with elevators and adequate parking facilities. The proposed project also envisages a botanical garden, sources said. Though the land is acquired, the work is yet to be started.

Besides these important projects, there are also other projects including new KTC bus stand, STP plant, CADA hall project, new fish market building etc. Only time will tell when work over these projects will be taken up and get completed.