Panaji: While commenting on the city of Panaji being ranked 90th in the first ‘Ease of Living Index’ announced by the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, the former city mayor Surendra Furtado, said that this shows what a failure the chief minister is as the MLA of Panaji.
Furtado said that in fact the constituencies represented by the 31 chief ministers of the 29 states and two Union territories of India should have been in contention for the top 31 rankings.
Parrikar has been making false promises, and excuses for the last 25 years, the former city mayor alleged.
“Traffic management and parking have gone from worse to be beyond salvation. As the defence minister, Parrikar could have shifted the military out of Panaji and handed over the land which I had sought as mayor of the Corporation of City of Panaji for multi-level parking,” he said.
These and other proposals for multi-level parking on all major roads were neglected, in spite of the repeated requests by me, he said adding Parrikar feared that he (Furtado) would get the publicity for the same and “in doing this, he (Parrikar) saw to it that Panaji’ites lost out.”
He further said that several hundred crores of JNNRUM funds which he got sanctioned as mayor, from the Congress government under Dr Manmohan Singh, were allowed to lapse by Parrikar.
“This money was meant for solving the traffic and parking problems besides for e-governance, restoration and beautification of St Inez nullah and Rua de Ourem creek, heritage preservation, electrification of internal roads with LED lights, drainage and sewerage works, footpaths, etc,” he added.
“The CCP is starved of grants and funds. Our representative is a failure not only as MLA of Panaji city but also as the chief minister of Goa. No sign of the Smart City funds too and the scheme is expected next year, and Panaji has suffered in the bargain,” he observed. [NT]