NOT SUSTAINABLE: (left) With multiple societies coming up all over Goa, areas like Kadamba Plateau are becoming common, where construction is unregulated and not sustainable. With a huge influx of people expected, water and power scarcity will be common. Goa needs to invest in environment-friendly power generation otherwise the power outage of Sunday, June 3, 2018, will be repeated again and again; (below) The Mangalam Group’s Casa Amora complex is one of the biggest societies coming up at the Kadamba Plateau
BY RAJAN NARAYAN
The 112 kilowatt 24 metre high transmission tower, through which power is routed to Panjim and the rest of Tiswadi, was shifted incompetently to oblige Mangalam builders, who are close to Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje. They bought over 10 lakh sq mtrs to build the huge Casa Amora complex at the Kadamba Plateau. The shifting of the tower has been done on the orders of former Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal, with full knowledge of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar
The epicentre of the horrifying dark Sunday that Tiswadi underwent was Vasundhara Raje the chief minister of Rajasthan.
It was to oblige the demand of Mangalam builders who are close to the Rajasthan chief minister that Pandurang Madkaikar was ordered by the former Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal, with the knowledge of Manohar Parrikar, to shift the 112 kilo watt huge 24-metre high transmission tower from its existing location at Kadamba Plateau.
The builder, who has allegedly bought more than 10 lakh sq mtrs in the Kadamba Plateau, has not been able to build or develop the land because the transmission tower was in the middle of his property and the overhead high tension transmission lines could have electrocuted high net worth individuals who bought villas or flats in the premium building complex.
We learnt from a former chief engineer that the original demand for shifting the transmission tower was made 2.5 years ago. Apparently any consumer can ask to shift lines at his own cost according to chief engineer NN Reddy. But only a greedy nalayak like Madkaikar would have agreed to shift the entire 112 kilo watt transmission tower which was the lifeline of Tiswadi. It is this transmission power through which power is supplied not only to the capital city Panjim but the entire Tiswadi Taluka. Only a self-centred nalayak like Madkaikar would have permitted the shifting of the entire transmission tower in the sweltering heat of summer, on the eve of the monsoons.
To make matters worse the Bombay contractor who had been assigned the job was incompetent. The work of shifting the transmission power was further delayed because one of the two specialized crimping machine for conductors bought by the contractor to re-align the 1.6 km high tension power line failed on Sunday morning itself. Which is why the shutdown, which was supposed to last for 12 hours from 6 am to 6 pm, extended up to 4am next morning in many areas.
The excuse offered by the nalayak power minister, that the shifting was done to accommodate a purposed waste management plant, has been denied by the chief minister. It was a case of one builder, Mangalam holding the whole of Tiswadi to ransom because of his close connection with Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje.
COLONIZATION OF GOA
The colonization of Goa by the Modi government started with Nitin Gadkari demanding that the coal loading capacity at the MPT should be increased to 80 million tonnes from the existing 80 million tones for the benefit of the Jindals and the Adanis. Over 90% of the coal presently imported through MPT goes to the steel and aluminum plants of the Jindals in Karnataka. The increase in the coal handling capacity was also to satisfy the Adanis who had bought a huge coal mine in Australia and wanted to import the black poison through the MPT.
It was to enable the transport of coal to Karnataka that Nitin Gadkari very generously gave hundreds of crores of rupees to Goa to strengthen the infrastructure. If the MPT became the biggest dirty cargo port the roads would have to be strengthened to carry the containers from the port. Nitin Gadkari has been virtually functioning as chief minister of Goa in Parrikar’s absence.
It is clear that Parrikar was aware of the plan to shift the 112 kilo watt 24 metre high transmission tower from the Kadamba Plateau as he is close to Union Power Minister Goyal and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje Scindia. It is significant that he is reported to have called Madkaikar and asked not to repeat any similar shifting of transmission towers and transmission lines.
Parrikar not surprisingly rang up TOI to inform them that he has warned Madkaikar as he knows that they are the only one who carry his version without checking the truth. Parrikar has not changed his habits of twisting the truth when it suits him. It is pathetic when there is a full-fledged power minister the chief minister has to ask the electricity engineer to stay alert. Transmission towers are not shifted for the benefit of even President Donald Trump in the USA.