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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

FC Goa yet to settle police bills of Rs 3.80 crore for ISL duty

Panaji: The office of the Superintendent of Police, South, is preparing to send a reminder to FC Goa to clear pending police security and traffic bills amounting to approximately Rs 3.80 crore.
Chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar told the legislative assembly early this month that Goa Football Club Pvt Ltd - the company that owns FC Goa - has outstanding payments to the Goa Police department totalling Rs 2.31 crore. According to the data provided to the assembly, Goa Football Club Pvt Ltd have been clubbed alongside organizers of Sunburn Festival, Supersonic Festival, Prasar Bharati and Doordarshan, all of who have outstanding payments to their name.
But while Parsekar - replying to a question from former chief minister and Margao MLA Digambar Kamat - put the Rs 2.31 crore bill for police bandobast on record, there is another pending bill that has since been handed over to FC Goa.
According to documents obtained by TOI, the office of the Superintendent of Police first submitted the police security bill to FC Goa on February 8, 2016 and then submitted two other bills for traffic arrangements. Both bills were raised on July 18, 2016.
While the first bill for 2014 when the first edition of the Indian Super League was played at Fatorda was charged at Rs 55.38 lakh, the Margao police hiked traffic police personnel on duty for the second edition and have billed FC Goa for Rs 96.41 lakh.
The traffic arrangement bill for their Indian Super League (ISL) opener against Delhi Dynamos on October 4 alone cost FC Goa Rs 12.48 lakh while the bill for the final clash between FC Goa and Chennaiyin FC was pegged at Rs 14.14 lakh. Traffic arrangements for each match has cost the franchise approximately Rs 9 lakh.
Even the police bandobast has not come cheap. Every police personnel at the stadium came at a price with a police inspector (PI) charging Rs 4,000 per day for a seven-hour shift. Police sub inspectors (PSIs) cost FC Goa Rs 3,600 each while an assistant sub inspector (ASI) and head constable's price has been fixed at Rs 2,800 and Rs 2000 respectively. Each police constable -- and there were 481 of them on duty each day - have to be paid Rs 1,840.
FC Goa were first stunned by the hefty bills submitted by the police but it was not clear if they have as yet asked the chief minister - who holds the home portfolio -- to do a rethink. There is also no clarity why the police chose to submit traffic arrangements bill for 2014 a year later.
"The (FC Goa) higher-ups are speaking to the concerned authorities and we hope to sort this out soon. As you would be aware, the team underwent a transition with the owners. This is being looked into," said a senior FC Goa official.
Police bandobast bill: Rs 2.02 crore
Service tax: Rs 28.39 lakh
Traffic arrangements bill: Rs 84.41 lakh
Service tax: Rs 12 lakh

TOI Goa News

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