|June 1, 2018 at 11:40 am #8226|
The Old Goa panchayat has given a clean chit to Power Minister Pandurang Madkaikar in the matter related to his alleged illegal bungalow built near the Basilica of Bom Jesus church at Old Goa.
“In a resolution that was passed by the panchayat members, the panchayat rejected the claims of social activist Aires Rodrigues that the bungalow built by Madkaikar was illegal and has stated that the power minister is in possession of all required documents needed for construction of bungalow,” said sources.
The sources further said that the same report has been submitted to the office of the Tiswadi block development officer (BDO).
Following the direction of the deputy director of panchayats, Chandrakant Shetkar, the BDO had directed the Se Old Goa panchayat to inquire into the allegations of the social activist and submit a compliance report to his office.
Sources in the government said that “the legitimacy and credibility of the panchayat report is questionable as the minister’s wife is the sarpanch.”
The activist had alleged that the construction of the bungalow was in violation of the law as it has been built within the prohibited 300 metres from the centrally-protected monument of Basilica of Bom Jesus church at Old Goa with the compound wall of the bungalow being less than 50 metres from the protected monument.
Vishal Volvoikar, former sarpanch, who is also the current panch, claimed that in 2013 the panchayat under his tenure did not grant permission to build the compound wall of the bungalow and the construction licence was limited to the bungalow.
“When I questioned the secretary of the panchayat about the illegal compound wall, he assured me that the town and country planning department will take action,” he said. Preliminary inquiry by north collectorate had found that ‘no state laws were violated’ by Pandurang Madkaikar as far as the construction of bungalow is concerned. It has also stated that compound wall, allegedly constructed illegally, was a subject to be investigated by the local panchayat and Archaeological Survey of India.
Source/Reference: Navhind Times, “Old Goa bungalow: Madkaikar gets clean chit from panchayat“