Due to incompetence and arrogance of the MLA & Mayor our Panaji is in utter chaos. The mess is there for all to see with the MLA and Mayor, as expected, displaying rank insensitiveness to the hardship besides health and safety risks faced by residents of the city and those visiting the capital.  The roads, some of which have caved in, and footpaths are in peril.

With the elections of Mayor and Deputy scheduled for 30th March, it would be an opportunity for the thirty Councilors to rise above politics and select two senior experienced Councilors having integrity and selfless sense of duty to work diligently and deliver in the best interests of the people and to steer Panaji out of its current catastrophe.

In the current so-called Smart City works there should never have been room for substandard works or waste of taxpayers’ money. Quality is never an accident, it is always the result of forward planning and research, sincere effort, intelligent direction, and skilful execution. It represents the wise choice of many alternatives.  Great projects require the highest quality output at every stage. Quality is a journey which must be ensured from the foundation till the very completion of any project. It is a tragedy that disasters caused by negligence and corruption in the Panaji Smart City works are endemic and the hallmark of any government sponsored project. The not so Smart City is a glaring eyesore and disaster with the MLA and Mayor having thrown in the towel. An abrogation of duty yet again in a history of failed and broken promises from removal of casinos within a hundred days of being elected in May 2019 to all the other pre-election sweeteners that has left a bitter taste in the mouths of the suffering public.

While the coffers are being hurriedly emptied, all this haste is waste coupled with glaring gross negligence and poor corrupt workmanship. The result is inevitably a disaster that we are witnessing with the worse yet to come.

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