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THE LONG SAD SAGA OF THE DONA PAULA JETTY
. Herald accesses full file of Dona Paula Jetty based on its RTI application . Herald expose on cracks in Dona Paula jetty set off a string of inquiries . M/ S.P. Bagwe, Mumbai started on the Non-destructive tests of the Dona Paula jetty at initial estimate of Rs 16.13 cr, later revised to Rs 23.70 cr. Later cost of complete demolition and reconstruction went upto Rs 84 cr
. 09/02/2017, PWD report stated jetty was unsafe for public use and the GSIDC should move for its closure.
For four years, since the GSIDC Board approved development of the Dona Paula jetty thronged by thousands of tourists, there was absolutely no work done, till the project was handed over to the Smart City team in January 2018 “despite being unsafe for public use”.
Documents accessed by this paper, through an RTI application duly filed, clearly reveal the snail’s pace at which the project of renovating the jetty GSIDC was conducted. Effectively speaking the approval for the restoration of the Dona Paula Jetty was given on October 7 2014 and the long journey of jetty repair not starting till January 2018, till it was handed over to the Imagine Panaji Smart City Development Limited, the SPV handling Smart City projects, is well documented and in possession of Herald.
The non availability of funds was also an issue. While the GSIDC itself in a letter dated December 13, 2013 had asked CCP to forward a project report to central government for getting funds under JNNURM.
However, while CCP’s proposals were rejected by the Centre and the Dona Paula jetty continued to remain neglected.
It was a report in Herald on September 1, 2015 which highlighted the precarious condition of the jetty structure that shook the corridors of power and the Chief Minister immediately asked for an action taken report from GSIDC.
RTI documents received by Herald, on an application moved by this newspaper, reveals CS wrote to GSIDC enclosing clippings of the Herald dated 1st Sept 2015 and called for status action taken report within three days through administrative secretary.
Sixteen days prior to Herald report the GSIDC on 14 August 2015, had moved a note on development jetty saying board in 121st, 124th, 127th and 129th meetings held in 25th July 2013, 5th June 2014 and 7th October 2014 has approved to take up works under holistic design of infrastructure for Panaji and also include scope of the consultants LKS India Pvt ltd and one of which is Development of Dona Paula Jetty.
Subsequently after the CS letter, M/ S.P. Bagwe, Mumbai started on the Non-destructive tests of the Dona Paula jetty and submitted an initial estimate of Rs 16.13 cr, which also included the beautification of the jetty.
Pursuant to a meeting held on August 19, 2015, the decision regarding illumination landscaping and additional upgradation of works was taken and accordingly the estimates were revised to Rs 23.70 cr.
Thereafter the GSIDC forwarded the NDT test to reports to Principal Chief Engineer PWD on January 25, 2017.
“The structural audit of the jetty was done by M/s Bagwe, Mumbai the field work commenced in May 2015 and it is not clear when the report was submitted to GSIDC. The new Dona Paula jetty was completed in 2009 and there is no mention of the name in the report prepared by M/s S.P Bagwe Consultants Pvt Ltd, Mumbai,“ said the report of the ASW, Office of Superintending Surveyor of Works, PWD on 09/02/2017
The report of the PWD officer observed that the jetty was unsafe for public use and the GSIDC should move for its closure.
Despite this the GSIDC continued its lethargic approach. RTI reveals that in its 150th board meeting the GSIDC approved the revised estimates but no concrete plans on revival.
“It was observed that as per report submitted by M/s SP Bagwe the repair and rehabilitation work of jetty the cost incurred is above Rs 3.66 cr and as per note of Assistant Surveyor of Works it was highly optimistic and difficult to achieve as jetty would require major repair work in seven to nine years.
“With part demolition and upgradation of the jetty the cost factor as per the estimate submitted by M/s LKS India Pvt Ltd would work out to be Rs 23.70 cr but now considering the complete demolition and reconstruction of a new jetty the cost factor works out to Rs. 84 cr with life expectancy of 40-50 years,” the GSIDC note added.