Gaude blames ex-minister for lethargy creeping into PWD

Panaji: Holding the engineers of the public works
department (PWD) responsible for the water scarcity in Ponda and Tiswadi
talukas, since the past four days, Minister for Art and Culture Govind Gaude on
Monday alleged that these engineers have become arrogant, as the department, in
the past, was handled by a minister for a very long time.

“There is a need to change the entire system in this
department,” he stressed.

Gaude, without naming the former minister for public
works, Ramakrishna ‘Sudin’ Dhavalikar, said that he was responsible for the
lethargy, which has crept in the department of public works. “The engineers
knew that there was a crack in the retaining wall and they did nothing to
prevent the catastrophe, which has been confirmed by the present Minister for
Public Works, Deepak Pauskar,” he added.

The Minister for Art and Culture also said that the past
minister for public works did not plan adequately the ongoing construction of
the flyover linked to the new Zuari bridge, along the Cortalim village.

“The department should have either created a temporary
parallel infrastructure along this flyover, or at least taken up this work
stretch by stretch,” he added, pointing out that adequate planning would have
averted daily inconvenience to the people travelling from Panaji to Margao and
vice versa.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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