Probe indicts Panaji corporators in shops racket

RUPESH SAMANT (PTI), PANAJI | 02 August 2013 21:39 IST

The state government instituted inquiry into illegal occupation of shops in Panaji has indicted several municipal corporators and officials of corporation of City of Panaji (CCP).

The inquiry report by senior bureaucrat N D Agarwal, a copy of which is with PTI, has mentioned that 90 per cent of shopkeepers occupying shops in the market located in the capital city of Panaji are illegal. 

The report was submitted to the state government earlier last month. 

The Panaji market was constructed by the State Infrastructure Development Corporation in two different phases in 2003 and 2007, after demolition of the Portuguese-era structure which existed there. 

The inquiry report has indicted then CCP Commissioner Melwyn Vaz, currently holding senior position in the state government, corporation's accounts officer J S Colaco and administrative officer H S Singnapurkar along with the elected corporators responsible for the massive irregularities in allotting the shops. 

Nearly 800 shops were found illegally occupied in the market, the report mentions which had issued notices to 778 persons, of whom only 609 had responded back. 

The probe revealed that even as some shopkeepers were illegally allotted the shops, many occupancy letters were allegedly issued by forging signature of Vaz after his transfer from the CCP. 

Moreover, additional shops were constructed by individuals in the market without any permission to do so. 

CCP Mayor Surendra Furtado told PTI today that the allegations in the report are very serious and he will call a special meeting of the corporators to decide the future course on the issue. 

"The corporators will have to decide what action needs to be taken," Furtado said, adding that the corporation has been spending Rs one crore annually on the water and electricity bills of the market, while not a single rupee is collected from the shopkeepers. 

The originally allotted shopkeepers had sold or sub leased their shops to others, which is not allowed as per the provisions of the Goa Municipality Act, 1968.

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Now that it is clear who have indulged in corruption, people are waiting to see what action is being taken against the corrupt officers and corporators responsible for this.

Those who have indulged in forgery should also be punished.

The corporators are elected to serve the people or to serve themselves!

Punish the guilty.

- Francisco, Goa | 03 rd August 2013 11:55

 

Mr Parrikar is very fond of using the phrase "State of the Art" to fool Goans.

Here we have a "State of the Art" scam . and a Market occupied by "State of the Art " rogue Traders.

What has the "State of the Art " Chief Minister of Goa got to say and will there be "State of the Art " punishments?

- N.Fernandes, London | 02 nd August 2013 23:40

 

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