Congress alleges scam erection of lights on Atal Setu

Congress alleges scam erection of lights on Atal Setu

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Panaji, Aug 25 : The Congress in Goa on Sunday alleged huge scam in contract for erection of lights and poles on newly constructed Atal Setu across river Mandovi and demanded that Chief Minister Pramod Sawant must take action against those involved.

Addressing a press conference at party state headquarters in the city, Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) President Girish Chodankar claimed that an amount of Rs 7.5 crore was unnecessarily paid to a company which was not in approved list of suppliers.

''Terms and conditions of original tender had clearly stated that Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC) will purchase electrical poles, electrical fixtures and facade lights and hand over to L&T which will fix the lights free cost. According to clause 22 of the contract, the street light poles, fixtures and illumination will be supplied by the GSIDC to the contractor free of cost. The bidders will have to make provision for foundation of cables, conduits and power connection from authorities. But changes were made in the original contract. Even original documents were changed,'' he claimed.

He claimed that GSIDC Board passed a resolution and the work was given to a third company which was not in the list of approved list of suppliers.

''The company was paid 15 per cent of Rs 50 crore and thus it was loss to the government of Rs 7.5 crore,'' he claimed.

The Goa Congress President also alleged that the supplier of poles and fixtures had claimed inflated amount to the GSIDC.

''According to bills submitted to the GSIDC, cost of one pole was Rs 72, 750 while the company claimed Rs 1,53,000. Similarly, actual cost of light fittings Rs 59,653 while the company claimed Rs 1,97,000,'' he claimed.

He alleged that former GSIDC Vice Chairman Siddharth Kuncaliencar had shown 'over enthusiasm' in approval of the contract.

''As a Vice Chairman of GSIDC his duty was to protect interests of GSIDC but he was doing just opposite,'' Mr Chodankar alleged and challenged the government to file defamation against him if proved wrong.

He said it was an open case of corruption and demanded that Chief Minister Pramod Sawant order an inquiry and take action.

''An FIR should be filed and action taken against those involved,'' he demanded.
He said if action was not taken within eight days then the Congress would be forced to approach appropriate authority to lodge a complaint.(UNI)