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Mapusa beautification works: GSUDA accused of misappropriation

Mapusa: Mapusa People’s Union on Monday accused the GSUDA of misusing crores of public money by undertaking several beautification works and developmental projects in Mapusa jurisdiction.

The union addressed the media along with its Secretary , Jawaharlal Shetye and member, Komal D’Souza. Through an RTI application they have obtained the information on the blatant wastage of public money being carried out by GSUDA. Komal D’Souza pointed out that there is no sustainable development happening in Mapusa and it is not benefiting the people.

“The Mapusa MLA is currently heading the GSUDA, which looks after the development of infrastructure. This agency has raked in huge amounts of money by not undertaking sustainable and constructive development,” she charged. The union alleged a scam by the GSUDA in the project of the beautification of the streets from the Mapusa church to the municipal council building and in the illumination of municipal market and public streets/places in Mapusa Municipal jurisdiction.

“GSUDA has also undertaken the beautification of entry point of Mapusa town up to Khorlim and the construction of a retaining wall for providing parking facility near Milagres Church. They have incurred an expenditure amounting to nearly Rs 20 crore and the work was carried out in three phases. This is loot of public money by the Vice- Chairperson of GSUDA who is also a councilor,” Komal alleged.

Vice-Chairman of GSUDA Sandip Falari said, “The Vice- Chairman of GSUDA has changed from time to time and my predecessors were Sudhir Kandolkar and Raj Singh Rane. Both these projects were proposed and completed much before I became Vice- Chairman. I refuse to accept that anything wrong has been done. There is a procedure followed when development works are taken up and the vice-chairman or member on the board has no role to play.” [H]

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