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As reported at timesofindia.indiatimes.com on Oct 20, 2010


PANAJI: The conversion of a garage attached to a PWD bungalow, presently occupied by High Court registrar I K Jain, into a toilet block, was carried out by the PWD on a "verbal request" of the registrar. It had no permission/NOC from the Corporation of City of Panaji (CCP).


This has come to light in information provided under RTI by the PWD to social activist Aires Rodrigues.


Executive engineer Satish Tirodker has stated that PWD is not aware why permission/NOC from the CCP was not sought for the construction of the toilet block. No permission/NOC of CCP was sought for any construction work at the bungalow from January to March this year, Tirodker said.


However, it is on record that there was a written request from the high court to set up a fibreglass police guard cabin at the bungalow. This cost the PWD ` 1,05,400. PWD has also stated that the complete cost of repairs/construction work, etc carried out from January to date at the bungalow amounts to ` 3,12,820. This includes construction of toilet/changing room and other miscellaneous works.


CCP commissioner Elvis Gomes on October 15 issued a show-cause notice to PWD as the construction of the toilet block was in violation of Section 269 of the CCP Act. It has given PWD seven days to show cause as to why an order should not be passed ordering the block's removal.

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