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Construction of office by Vijai: SGPDA to issue stop-work notice

Margao: South Goa Planning and Development Authority (SGPDA), on Thursday, decided to issue a stop-work notice over the construction of office by former town and country planning minister Vijai Sardesai. 

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, the chairman Wilfred D’Sa said that “the board has decided to serve a stop-work notice to Estate Firm at Danvodem, owned  by Sardesai, based on a complaint filed by Perpetual D’Silva and Anna Fernandes, who claim to be the legal heirs to the property on which the office is being constructed, as there is no sale deed in place and permissions have been granted only based on an agreement of sale.”

He said that there is also a complaint filed by United Goans Foundation against the construction.

Margao MLA Digambar Kamat and the Fatorda MLA were not present for the meeting.

D’Sa said that the project, which includes an office and a conference hall among others was granted permission in May 2019 based on the  agreement of sale.

He said that Fernandes and D’Silva have claimed that they have a right to the property, and added that it was decided to seek legal opinion while also sending a stop-work notice till the issue of land title is resolved.

The issue of the pending files in the wake of ODP being challenged in the High Court, however, didn’t come up for discussion.

The SGPDA chairman said that “construction files – 62 from Margao and 13 files from Ponda have been sent back for corrections and compliance with some of the statutory requirements.“

Further, the authority also decided to crack whip on the contractor for the shoddy works carried out while repairing the retail fish market building,  and added that the fishermen are facing a lot of hardships despite the market repaired barely a year and half back.

He said that the bill of the contractor will be kept pending till such a time that the work is carried out properly. Further, he said that it was decided to tender the cleaning of the gutters at the SGDPA market as there are complaints of water getting stagnated and emitting foul smell.

Further, it was decided to open additional parking space on the western side of the SGDPA complex by cutting the bushes, he said.

On the exhibitions, he said that it was decided to allow 8 exhibitions in a year from the earlier 7 while also reducing the fees as there were no takers. He said that so far just 5 exhibitions have been held while two are yet to be held,  and hence it was decided to increase the number to 8 with the new rates coming into force.    

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