I would like to appeal to all the people that this is your government, if there are any queries please question us and don’t go with the rumors.
What are the achievements of your government in last 100 days?
Even after having a lot of problems, the government is running comfortably and taking Goa towards progress. During the regime of the previous government there were financial backlogs and infrastructure projects were on the backburner. In the last 100 days we have tried and paid off maximum outstandings which were to the tune of Rs. 600 to Rs. 700 crore and restarted the incomplete projects.
What are your future plans for your department?
We have a range of new projects which are coming up. The new Zuari bridge, road widening from Patradevi to Bambolim, Borim to Zuari bridge, Verna to Zuari bridge, Western bypass, Galgibag-Talpona bridge, Dhavli bypass, Khandepar bridge, also a four-lane road with a flyover up to Safa Masjid from Khandepar and also Anmod to Panaji road for which tenders will be floated by August and the foundation stone for which will be laid by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and CM Manohar Parrikar. We are also working extensively to provide 24×7 water supply. ‘Swach Bharat’ campaign launched by PM Narendra Modi is another project on which my department is working whole heartedly. The issues of garbage, open defecation, public urinals and sewerage have been taken on priority. Goa is the only place where we can take sewerage to urban as well as rural areas. In congested localities like Durbhat, vacuum systems for sewerage by CTEK technologies Austria would be in place by December this year. It is my dream to make Goa the cleanest state in India and in the last 100 days we have started working towards it. On the transport front, we have started working towards the improvement of all the existing bus stands as well as we have undertaken installation of CCTVs on all the major rural, district roads and state highways. Truck parking plazas and many other new projects will be unveiled shortly.
Do you think you have managed to get zero percent tolerance towards corruption?
A regular audit for the quality of work and the material is done. We are trying to make the system as transparent as possible. The department has a long chain of hierarchy from senior engineers, junior engineers, surveyors etc. If there are any discrepancies, I urge the people to report it immediately.
Do you think the government is stable?
Yes, the government is very much stable and will complete its full term under the leadership of CM Manohar Parrikar.
What kind of cooperation do you expect from the people to run the government?
In the last few years we have seen a rise in unnecessary protests by NGOs for literally every project which leads to prolongation and a subsequent increase in the project cost. I would like to appeal to all the people that this is your government, if there are any queries please question us and don’t go with the rumors.
How is it working with CM Manohar Parrikar?
CM Parrikar and I share a special relation. We share similar ideas and we have a common road map for the improvement and development of the state which after coming into reality, will actually do justice to our “Goem, Goemkar and Goemkarponn.”