VASCO: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) slammed Vasco MLA Carlos Almeida for lack of development works in the the Vasco constituency and alleged that the BJP government had neglected the constituency.
Speaking to media persons at Vasco, NCP minority cell president Nazir Khan said that people of Vasco were deprived of basic facilities like a full-fledged bus stand, fire and emergency services station and fish and vegetable market. He charged that MLA Almeida's statement that the work of bus stand will start soon was a lie and a false promise to the citizens of Vasco.
According to Khan, it was last four years the citizens of port town were deprived of a proper bus stand and the government was only making sweeping statements of constructing a bus stand and an administrative building at Vasco.
He recalled that Almeida had made a similar statement in 2016 during the presence of former Chief Minister late Manohar Parrikar at a meeting held at Vasco. This time again Almeida made the statement but there was no mention of completing the incomplete administrative building.
Khan claimed that the administrative building was approved during the tenure of former Minister Jose Philip D'Souza and for the last more than eight years the building was incomplete. He demanded to know the status of the proposed administrative building since citizens from Mormugao taluka were facing lot of harships to get their work as most of the government offices were housed at different places in the taluka.
Nationalist Youth Congress president Pritam Naik sought to know why it took four years for the BJP government to complete the approved administrative building project when 80 per cent of piling work was already completed.
Naik said that Almeida's statement to start the work of new fish market was a lie and a gimmick to fool the citizens of the port town. The BJP had made construction of a new fish market as an election promise, he said adding that the existing fish market was in a dilapidated condition and unhygienic. There is also no full-fledged vegetable market and fruit market due to which the vendors were seen occupying the roads.
Naik said that the government had also failed to construct a building for the fire and emergency services in Vasco. NCP minority cell members Asif Shaikh, Aminuddin Mullal and Riyaz Kahan were also present for press briefing.