MARGAO: South Goa Planning and Development Authority (SGPDA) Chairman Krishna Salkar said that the Margao ODP process would be time-bound and transparent.
Speaking to reporters after teh SGPDA’s 100th meeting, Salkar said that the meeting on Wednesday appointed a committee for ODP, which will send notices for hearing.
“The process will be time-bound and transparent for the benefit of people. Last ODP, there were lots of mistakes, like roads shown on houses, and we would like to clear all these discrepancies soon. We request support from the people. Whoever has filed suggestions and objections up to today will be considered,” he said.
Salkar said that after he took over as SGPDA chairman, he saw lots of illegalities in the SGPDA.
“There were crores of rupees of unpaid bills. We have cleared lots of bills in the one-time settlement schemes,” he said.
Salkar also informed that the SGPDA has initiated the process for the SOPO collection tender.
“The tender process has been started; we have fixed a price and sent for technical sanctions. Hopefully, after tender, the allegations of the Sopo tender will stop,” he said.
About teh reports of filth at the Wholesale Market, he said our people regularly clean after 11 am.
“Nothing can be done when fish is being unloaded. It is bound to create a mess. Cannot invest in such a condition,” he said.
On the revenue part, he said, SGOPDA collected Rs 18 lakh for the feast at the Market.
“This is for the first time. Earlier, the collection was just 2.5 lakhs. We have also given a discount to our Goan brothers. We target to cross 25 lakhs next time,” he said.
Further, he said, the SGPDA also wants to refurbish the retail Market at the cost of Rs 25 lakhs.
“Minister has given in-principle approval,” he said.
He also said that the SGPDA will become self-sustaining from next year we will not depend on the grant-in-aid.