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Underground power cabling in Vasco in 2 years: Carlos



Underground power cabling will become a reality in the port town of Vasco in another two years with Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and Power Minister Nilesh Cabral assuring to make a financial provision for the proposed works, Vasco MLA Carlos Almeida
has said.

The total estimated cost of the project for underground power cabling in Vasco is Rs 2.40 crore.

Almeida was speaking to media persons on the sidelines of commencement of hot-mix carpeting work of the FL Gomes road in the heart of the town on Friday.

Mormugao Municipal Council chairperson Nandadeep Raut, councillors Yatin Kamurlekar, Jayant Jadhav, Sandeep Narvekar, Babush Shetty, Rajan Dicholkar, Santosh Lotlikar, Suchita Thakker besides some citizens of Vasco were present.

Earlier, hot-mix carpeting works of the roads in Mangor-Hill and Maimollem in ward 19 represented by councillor Fredrick Henriques and in Baina locality in ward 12 represented by councillor Deepak Naik were launched by Vasco MLA Almeida with an estimated cost of Rs 26 lakh and Rs 37 lakh respectively.

The Vasco MLA said, “Hot-mix carpeting work of the FL Gomes road was a long-pending project. Tenders were invited twice but due to some difficulties, no tender could be accepted. Works like construction of gutters and road dividers to facilitate the hot-mix carpeting work have been completed while the carpeting work will be completed in the next couple of days.”

Speaking over the proposed underground cabling works, Almeida said, “The project will become a reality in another two years. The overhead wires along the Swatantra Path posed a major problem during parades at the time of Shigmotsav, Carnival and Diwali eve Narkasur events. There was high risk of untoward incidents due to the possibility of floats coming in contact with the overhead live wires.”

Commenting on the issue of shacks which were bulldozed by MMC at Baina beach, the Vasco MLA said, “I am for shacks at Baina beach and people are also in favour of shacks at the lone beach in the port town. Baina beach comes in the jurisdiction of Mormugao constituency but Vasco people want shacks there.”

Accusing the MMC chief officer of issuing an order to demolish the shacks which were allocated by the Tourism department without issuing any notice, Almeida said, “I have asked legislative assembly question over the issue and am awaiting a reply in the forthcoming assembly session.”

Over his plans to start aquaculture (aqua farming) on a trial basis at the Baina lake, Almeida said, “It will be the first-of-its-kind project in Goa. I have made provision for sewage connections to the houses in the vicinity of the Lake which belongs to communidade body. Earlier, people used to release sewage into the lake causing health hazard.”

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