- Published: 30 July 2019
Panaji MLA Atanasio Monserrate on Tuesday demanded that chief minister Pramod Sawant conduct a thorough inquiry into the functioning of the Smart City Mission, especially its chief executive officer (CEO) Swayandipta Pal Chaudhuri.
Monserrate, who took offence to the public works department (PWD) granting a no-objection certificate (NOC) to the Smart City Mission to lay underground electricity cables in the state capital, said all such NOCs should be granted only through the Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP). He asked PWD minister Deepak Pauskar why his department had dealt the Smart City Mission and not the CCP.
“I, being the local MLA, do not know what is happening in Panaji (under the Smart City Mission),” Monserrate said, even as he accused the special purpose vehicle (SPV) of becoming an extra-constitutional authority.
Opposition leader Digambar Kamat sought to know how the government would keep tabs on the NOCs granted by various government departments to the Smart City Mission for development works in the state capital.
Intervening in the discussion, the chief minister agreed to call an immediate meeting to understand what projects were being undertaken in Panaji under the Smart City Mission. He also said there was a notification that empowered the SPV to undertake projects of various government departments in the city.
Autor(en)/Author(s): Murari Shetye
Quelle/Source: The Times of India, 23.07.2019