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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

PWD minister flays GSIDC, Sidharth left embarrassed

Panaji: In recent times, there have been talks of differences cropping up between alliance partners Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP).
The rift was there for all to see on Wednesday at the public works department’s (PWD) event at Altinho, between MGP leader Ramakrishna Dhavalikar alias Sudin and BJP’s Panaji MLA Sidharth Kuncalienker.
Kuncalienker, who is vice-chairperson of Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC), was taken aback when Dhavalikar constantly picked on the corporation in his presence and in full public view, without any apparent provocation.

“Our building costs are 21,000 per sqm. I was just discussing with my colleague Sidharth that GSIDC’s minimum construction rate comes to 35,000. This is a vast difference. I want my architects’ office to be taken by GSIDC as consultants. I am not blaming Sidharth or anybody,” Dhavalikar said. GSIDC normally deals with engaging consultants for state projects.
Though Kuncalienker tried to butt in and explain that the costs go up due to furnishings, Dhavalikar continued his criticism of GSIDC, leaving the BJP MLA clearly embarrassed.
“When Dr Willy was the CM of Goa, our architects’ office had built the hospital at Mapusa. PWD staff did all the work and ultimately (after many years) the project landed with the GSIDC, with a consultancy fee of 2%. Without changing the inside alignment of the project, for giving a new face to the front portion, we have paid them 2%. Everything was done by us. This is very bad on the part of the government,” Dhavalikar said. He told the PWD engineers present to think of their work as that of ‘building the nation’ and said they should not be bothered about ‘others trying to take credit for their work’.
“We do the work and others take credit. The high court building was done by PWD. Without consulting PWD, it was transferred to GSIDC. I don’t understand this,” he said.

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