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Alleging that the 'Smart City' project in the capital city is a scam of Rs 1,000 crore, the Goa unit of Congress 'warned' the BJP to face the music if the citizens and tourists meet with accidents

Alleging that the 'Smart City' project in the capital city is a scam of Rs 1,000 crore, the Goa unit of Congress on Friday 'warned' the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to face the music if the citizens and tourists meet with accidents.

Following the fourth accident in the city where a truck laden with pipes plunged into a dug-up road, on Thursday night, Congress leaders led by Elvis Gomes surrounded the 'Smart City' office and raised 50 questions regarding the work going on at a snail's pace.

Congress leaders Amarnath Panjikar, Janardhan Bhandari, Varad Mardolkar and others were present on the occasion.

"No responsible officer is present in this office. We have learnt that they never visit the office. Hence, people are suffering due to the slow progress of work. This is nothing but a scam of Rs 1,000 crore. The BJP is smartly looting money out of the smart city project," Elvis Gomes said.

He said instead of giving free space to the public moving in the city, the contractors engaged in the work are troubling people by not using any safety measures.

"We have raised 50 questions in this regard. We want answers to these questions. Seems the government is in the Carnival mood and hence have turned Nelson's eye on the issue which is giving pain to the public," Gomes said.

"It was a guideline by the Central government to involve everyone. It should be a citizen-centric mission. But no information is given about this project. Even the website is defunct," he said.

"This is a major scam. We will take appropriate steps if the work is not done in the proper way," he warned.

Amarnath Panajikar said that instead of organising study tour for Goa MLAs in Madhya Pradesh to study the Smart City Project, they should first come and see the situation of Panaji city.

"Accidents are taking place while the work is going on. But the government is not bothered of it," Panjikar said.

"The BJP government has become 'extra smart' to loot the exchequer of the state. We want transparency in this work. We want to know the quality of work. There should be safety while working on this project. But nothing has been done," he said.

Janardhan Bhandari said that people and tourists are suffering due to the ongoing work which has been taking place for the last many years. "BJP is trying to loot money by doing sub-standard work," he said.

Varad Mardolkar said that it is dangerous to even walk in Panaji city. "We will take steps to expose the scam that took place in this smart city project," he said.

He said that Congress will file a criminal case against the "concerned persons" in this regard.

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Quelle/Source: National Herald, 18.02.2023

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