Congress demanded an investigation by a judicial official on the works in Panjim Smart City on Thursday, alleging that the tax payers money is being brazenly misused while performing sub standard work under the Panjim Smart City project.
It may be recalled that the BJP MLA from Panjim Atanasio Monserrate, also the state’s revenue minister, had earlier commented that the ongoing work in Panjim Smart city is substandard.
Congress leader Elvis Gomes said, “He (Monserrate) is part of the government, hence when the government admits corruption then FIR should be registered against those involved.”
“While carrying out work of the Smart City project, people’s money is being robbed openly. This government has no right to continue. Monserrate and others who are involved in this can’t escape from this corruption. They are part of it,” Gomes said, adding that their lies should be exposed through a judicial investigation.
The congress leader also alleged that Board members of the Imagine Panaji Smart City Development Ltd (IPSCDL) are involved in the Rs 1,140 crore corruption. Tax-payers money is robbed in broad daylight. What has the government done to investigate it?” he questioned.
“Smart City board has all powers with regards to the project of Smart City. Chief Secretary, who is also chief vigilance officer of the State, is the chairman. Hence the question arises who will take action on whom. Minister Monserrate is on the Board, his Mayor son is on board, they all are involved in this corruption,” Gomes said while talking to the media.