10December2017

Goa's Spirited Online Weekly Magazine.

Around The World In 365 Days -6

Mumbai's frequent fliers

Ramkrishna Dhavlikar flying so frequently to Mumbai is intriguing.  He flew to Mumbai with the resolve of a homing pigeon, often for short stays of 36 hours which given the time it takes to drive to and from airports in India’s metros like Mumbai and Chennai, makes it even more intriguing.  Factor in office timings and commuting within these metros, would leave him with not much time to perform his duties.  That's why I said his Mumbai trips are fascinating.

 A long time ago I wrote in this column that the Speaker Pratapsingh Rane hired three lawyers Surendra Desai, TR Andhyarujina and A Subhashini to fight the disqualification petition against the two Maharashtra Gomantak Party MLAs Ramkrishna and Deepak Dhavlikar in the Supreme Court.  Desai was paid Rs 9,00,000, Andhyarujina Rs 5,00,000 and Subhashini Rs 1,21,000.  That's a total of Rs 15,21,000.  I've said it before, I say it again.  The Dhavlikar duo are turning out to be a luxury Goa cannot afford.

Pandurang Madkaikar

20 September-3 October 2002, Hong kong, Rs 59,330; 10-11 November 2004, Mumbai, Rs 7,435, 22-25; November 2002, Bangalore, Rs 8,702, 20; December-3 January 2003, Delhi, Rs 7,262; 15-19 January 2003, Delhi/Mumbai, Rs 19,456; 1-7 March 2003, Mumbai, Rs 7,955; 6-9 May 2003, Mumbai, 15-23 January 2003, Delhi/Mumbai, Rs 20,550; 2-5 June 2003, Mumbai, Rs 8,062; 27-28 June 2003, Mumbai, Rs 15,760; 30 June-3 July 2003, Mumbai, 6-10 October 2003, Mumbai, Rs 8,062; 19-21 June 2003, Mumbai, Rs 15,760; 25-30 July 2003, Mumbai, 3-5 November 2003, Mumbai, Rs 7,765; 21-25 November 2003, Mumbai/Delhi, Rs 22,894; 11-13 December 2003, Mumbai, Rs 11,204; 2-3 March 2004, Mumbai, Rs 9,664; 6-8 January 2004, Delhi, Rs 42,252; 13-16 January 2004, Mumbai/Delhi, 22-25 March 2004, Mumbai, Rs 10,106; 13 May 2004, Paris, Rs 29,700; 19-20 June 2004, Mumbai, Rs 9,627; 13-14 June 2004, Mumbai, Rs 9,508; 3-5 July 2004, Mumbai, Rs 11,032; 17-19 August 2004, Mumbai, Rs 10,330, 31; October-11 November 2004, Mumbai, Rs 14,055; 29-31 December 2004, Mumbai, Rs 12,172; 8-9 January 2005, Mumbai, Rs 40,805; 27-29 January 2005, Mumbai/Delhi, Rs 36,497; 20-22 January 2005 Mumbai/Delhi, 2-3 March 2005 Mumbai Rs 11,747, 23-26 February 2005 Mumbai Rs 8,464, 28 June-1 July 2005, Mumbai/Delhi, Rs 40,885; 31 July-3 August 2005, Delhi, Rs 14,917; 2-4 September 2005, Mumbai Rs 6,055; 24-28 September 2005, Mumbai/Hyderabad/Tirupathi/Vellore/Bangalore, Rs 18,844; 22-23 November 2005, Mumbai, Rs 10,162; 13-15 November 2005, Delhi, Rs 20,675; 21-22 November, Mumbai/Cochin, Rs 37,015; 14-16 February 2007, Mumbai, 14-29 November 2007, Mumbai, Rs 15,149; 29-31 March 2007, Bangalore, Rs 18,085; 5-8 February, 2007, 2-6 April 2007, Mumbai, Rs 32,278; 10-12 July 2007, Mumbai, Rs 16,655.

Total Rs 6,65,608

Ramkrishna Dhavalikar

2-4 July 2002, Delhi, Rs 17,359; 7-8 October 2002, Mumbai, Rs 3,324; 19-21 November 2002, Mumbai, Rs 7,764; 19-21 December 2002, Delhi, Rs 24,757; 3-5 January 2003, Bangalore/Chennai, Rs 14,230; 2-4 February 2003, Delhi, Rs 17,717; 22-24 January 2003, Chennai, Rs 30,562; 26-28 January 2003, Delhi, 16-19 February 2003, Delhi, 19-21 March 2003, Mumbai, Rs 18,978; 8-9 March 2003, 14-23 May 2003, 25-28 June 2003, Mumbai, Rs 25,170; 16-18 August 2003, 9-12 September 2003, Mumbai/Delhi/Pune, 18-22 September 2003, Hyderabad, Vishakhapatnam/Chennai, Rs 50,194; 16-18 October 2003, Mumbai, Rs 15,942, 18-21 November 2003, 16-18 December 2003, Delhi, Rs 27,153; 27-28 December 2003, Mumbai, Rs 6,870; 18-28 March 2004, Mumbai, Rs 7,002; 4-6 February 2004, Mumbai; 3-4 March 2004, Mumbai, Rs 6,750; 31 March-3 April 2004, Mumbai/Kolkotta, Rs 21,875; 1-4 May 2004, Chennai/Mumbai, Rs 12,433; 23-27 May 2004, Bangalore/Trivandrum, Rs 8,672; 15-27 June 2004, Rs 9,120; 20-22 June 2004, Mumbai, Rs 6,928; 8-11 August 2004, Mumbai/Delhi, Rs 20,092; 7-10 October 2004, Delhi/Mumbai, Rs 20,057; 20-23 November 2004, Mumbai/Surat, Rs 7,319; 31 December-2 January 2005, Delhi, Rs 8,117; 19-22 January 2005, Delhi, Rs 21,480; 27-29 June 2005, Delhi, Rs 34,457; 18-20 July 2005, Delhi/Mumbai, Rs 10,997; 6-11 November 2005, Vadodara, Rs 19,074; 2-4 January 2006, Mumbai, Rs 9,770; 30 January-1 February 2006, Delhi, Rs 20,722; 6-8 February 2006, Mumbai, Rs 7,537; 27-28 March 2006, Mumbai, Rs 4,395; 23-25 February 2006, Mumbai/Delhi/Mumbai, Rs 25,190; 28 February-3 March 2006, Mumbai, Rs 8,647; 13-16 June 2006, Mumbai, Rs 6,374; 8-9 September 2006, Mumbai, Rs 8,884; 6-8 November 2006, Mumbai, Rs 16,065; 15-16 November 2006, Mumbai, Rs 9,185; 7-10 December 2006, Delhi/Mumbai, Rs 14,143; 3-4 January 2007, Mumbai, Rs 12,950; 22-23 April 2007, Mumbai, Rs 8,314; 11-13June 2007, Delhi/Mumbai, Rs 1,778; 25-28 June 2007, 3-5 July 2007, Delhi, Rs 42,107.

Total Rs 6,62,246

Cost of flying the Circus around so far

Wilfred D'Souza Rs 22,89,428 (Feb 2005-Aug 2007)

Dayanand Narvekar Rs 14,94,884 (Feb 2000-Mar 2007)

Pratapsing Rane Rs 14,57,354 (Feb 2005-Apr 2006)

Digambar Kamat Rs 11,40,395 Jan 2000-Jan 2005

Manohar Parrikar Rs 8,26,596 (Dec 2000-Dec 2004)

Pandurang Madkaikar Rs 6,65,608 (Sept 2002-July 2007)

Ramkrishna Dhavlikar Rs 6,62,246 (July 2002-July 2007)

Francisco Sardinha Rs 4,10,661 (Jan 2000-Oct 2000)

Ravi Naik Rs 2,80,422 (Nov 2000-Sept 2007)

Francisco D'Souza Rs 83,144

Somnath Zuwarkar Rs 65,377

Arecio D'Souza Rs 63,238

Subash Shirodkar Rs 43,814

Francisco Silveira Rs 39,117

Mauvin Godinho Rs 27,216

Venkatesh Desai Rs 9,550

Total Rs 95,59,050

C for Development, D for Churchill

Do I contrive to change the spelling of development, not exactly, just trying to put it in Churchill's perspective.  He is after all, the only Congress politician who still insists Goans breathe only to oppose development.  Let's take a single example of such development, in rural Tivim.  Not that urban Vasco, Margao and most of Panjim have even basic infrastructure like a sewerage system or enough potable water.  A Mumbai builder Expat Properties (how appropriate!) has begun building 32 duplex flats on 8,000 sq mt land sold by Anthony Lobo and his clan of fortunate inheritors.  While EP's plans may be legitimate and within Goa's archaic planning framework, this huge complex will only add to the concrete jungle spreading over Goa, diminish further the diminishing greenery, spoil Goa's natural character and only make Goans more chary of the fact they no longer can afford real estate in their own land.  Which is why Bodiem is opposing it.

For them it's not a question of controlled ODP's, or building rules and regulations, it's a question of leaving Bodiem entirely out of the realm of the real estate sharks who, are going to build whichever way anyway, rule and regulations be damned.  It was Dhirubhai Ambani remember who coined the word "management" and put it to maximum use.  They know no ODP, rule or regulation, will come to their aid because they know the government does not have the machinery to enforce any rule or regulation nor, does it have the political will to do so.  Gutka, smoking in public places, urinating, drug use, rape, murder –there is very little that is not banned in fact- but look around you.  Even High Court ban on hoardings has not been enforced.

Rules meant to be broken

Back to Bodiem village in VP Sircaim where the sarpanch Diksha Kanolkar's role is definitely suspect. Villagers fear water from the huge swimming pool will be released into the earth along with its chemical disinfectants, so will sewerage waste.  And where will the water from the pool come from?  Already, EP started to dig a borewell without permission of the VP (so much for regulatory systems).  It has shown 35 car parks for the 32 duplex flats but in a straight line, with no direct access to the exiting road against the existing rule of reserving space 2.5 mt x 5 mt for each car park.

 

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