City Mayor threatens to stop Smart City works if IPSCDL fails to provide work list
Mayor of the Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP), on Thursday, threatened to stop all the Smart City works if the CEO of Imagine Panaji Smart City Development Ltd (IPSCDL) failed to provide the list of works being undertaken by it within three days.
Addressing the media, the Mayor Uday Madkaikar, along with councillor Rahul Lotlikar said that he had written a letter to IPSCDL, drawing its attention to the digging work going on at many locations within the CCP jurisdiction for laying cables for Smart City, without seeking permissions/NOCs.
The letter states that “some digging work was undertaken by Larsen and Toubro Ltd under the direction of Smart City and as such general public, vehicular traffic and pedestrians were inconvenienced…..”
Madkaikar said, “CCP is not against IPSCDL work, but after completion of the work clear the debris, so that nobody is inconvenienced,” and added that he is representing not only his ward any more but now being the city Mayor, he represents all 30 councillors and the citizens of whole the Panaji city.
“The denial mode of IPSCDL manager Salim Veljee angered me more during the meeting,” revealed Madkaikar and added that Veljee said that the IPSCDL has not issued permissions to any agency for digging city roads either for cable laying or any other works.
He said, “We were forced to cancel the tender for Caranzalem garden project after we (CCP) realised that it (garden project) is being done under Smart City Mission.”
He said that “the IPSCDL should apologise for denying to divulge any details about the digging work going on in the city. I represent all 30 councillors and am answerable to them besides all the citizens of the city. If the IPSCDL does not provide the list within next three days, the CCP will stop all the Smart City works in the
Speaking further, the Mayor questioned as to why only the CCP Commissioner has been made IPSCDL board member, and added that “Mayor should be made board member as he knows city nooks and corners.”