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Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar interacts with residents of Tonca, Caranzalem, during electioneering on Sunday

Survey to be conducted to study civic issues of Panaji




Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday said that a special team will be formed  which will conduct a survey  studying civic issues faced by the state capital.

Parrikar, who was on his election campaign on Sunday for the Panaji by-poll to be held on August 23,  faced many questions from his voters on  garbage, traffic, sewerage and St Inez creek.

Interestingly the  residents did not pose questions on the offshore casinos in the  Mandovi, which the Congress party has made a poll plank.

In an interaction session with the residents of Tonca-Caranzalem, Parrikar said the Corporation of City of Panaji is of no use as it is  not doing enough for the state capital.

The CCP is currently controlled by former Santa Cruz MLA Atanasio ‘Babush’ Monserrate

“The city corporation is of no use… they are not doing enough so we need a special team for Panaji. So I have decided to form a team under an IAS officer who will conduct a survey…  It (the team) would take about four months to complete its base survey, and once the  survey is conducted then everything will fall in place. The issues of cleanliness, garbage, St Inez nullah and sewage connection will  be taken up,”  Parrikar said.

The Chief Minister, who was accompanied by  former  Panaji MLA Siddharth Kunkaliencar and CCP corporator Sheetal Naik, said, “A lot of things have been done in Panaji, and a lot more needs to be done. We have got money now under the Smart City project… Rs 108 crore have been released by the central government and the Goa government is also going to release equal amount… so Rs 216 crore will be in the account. I have also told them: you take some time for planning but do things properly.”

When a resident questioned Parrikar about the huts that have come up along the St Inez creek, he said  the government is planning to acquire land to rehabilitate them on humanitarian grounds.

“Those people who live in the huts  can be rehabilitated under humanitarian considerations. But they cannot be allowed to create a mess of the area,” he said.

Replying to questions from residents, the Chief Minister  said that he has   plans  to demolish the building housing the state museum. A new structure could  be constructed, which could  house   the government offices which are presently based in the city.

The government has identified eight spots in the city where parking facilities can be created. Junta House can also be converted into government quarters, he said.

When a youth questioned Parrikar about his plans for IT park, Parrikar said, “New IT policy has been approved which will come into picture after the model code of conduct is lifted. Big companies may not come  to Goa but medium and small  size companies will definitely come…. and  Goan entrepreneurs can go for startups. That policy is quite pragmatic in terms of startups and new companies.”

The government will construct a football stadium in the city at the Campal Parade ground, where arrangements for the parade will also be made. Sitting arrangements will be made only on one side which will be removable and can be put up again, he said.

Parrikar also  said   that works on garbage treatment plants  in the state will begin after some time – work on the Curchorem plant will begin  in December while for the Bainguinim  plant the work will begin  by February, next year.

Work on the Verna plant will begin  by April, 2018.

Later in the day, he told media persons that the Panaji by-poll is comfortably placed in his favour, saying  that he is meeting his voters.

He expressed confidence that the Panaji residents will elect him with thumping majority.

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