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ACB probes QMC for favouring builder at Amona

Comments Off on ACB probes QMC for favouring builder at Amona   |   February 22, 2014    10:54am   |Contributed by manoja

MARGAO: The anti-corruption bureau has begun a probe over the Quepem municipal council (QMC) allegedly issuing a occupancy certificate to a ground plus four commercial building being built at Amona on December 12, 2013, although the construction was incomplete.

The issue was highlighted by TOI in its edition last week.

Superintendent of police (SP) Bosco George said that they had received a complaint and had begun conducting an inquiry into the matter. R Pinto, president of GOAMAR, a NGO, had lodged a complaint dated January 27, 2014, with Quepem municipal council.

QMC chief officer Shivaji Dessai stated that the occupancy certificate had already been revoked. He added that the civic body had issued a show cause notice to the builder on February 5, 2014 asking why the construction license should not be revoked and that the builder had till February 20 to file his reply.

Deputy town planner R N Volvoikar had clarified that he had no direct role in issuing completion certificate to the said building. He said that the completion certificate was issued on 6 September 2013 by the then deputy town planner Prakash Bandodkar. He stated that based on complaints about the irregularities he will issue a show cause notice to the builder.

Dessai had earlier admitted that although the town and country planning (TCP) department had given the completion certificate in September 2013, the QMC has given the occupancy certificate in December 2013.

Answering to the question as to why the occupancy certificate was issued when the construction work was in progress, he said that taking into consideration that minor work will be completed within a day or two the completion certificate was issued.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/goa/ACB-probes-QMC-for-favouring-builder-at-Amona/articleshow/30644672.cms

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