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Heritage Delayed

What models they'll make!!

A Madame Tussauds for Goa?

Perhaps the oldest colonial edifice in Goa, the old Secretariat building, or Adil Shah Palace or Palacio da Idalcao is currently being renovated at a cost of Rs 3,86,37,880 and the expenditure required to complete the renovation is currently pegged at Rs 7,25,62,120.

This of course is peanuts compared to, I think, the Rs 36 crore that was spent to give Adil Shah’s inheritors a spanking new Assembly at Porvorim. It is the government’s intention to turn the old Secretariat “into a cultural centre thereby establishing art galleries, museums etc.” While it’s more than probable that the Rs 7,25,62,120 could rocket into space like the Agni-3 currently doing trials; what is true is that the government is fuzzy as to what it intends to do with it.


So be prepared for a mall to come up there or something equally kitschy. Because, apart from Madame Tussauds wax replicas of forty plus two you know who, past and present, I can’t think of anything else that can be preserved there for posterity. Can you? No, you can’t because the upkeep of the statues and artifacts was criticised in that very Assembly last week. And, if a raison d’etre be required, there is always the parallel of the UP chief minister to fall back on. But, trust me on this one, there are already a million Dilliwallahs jostling for a part of the action.


Remember, the Entertainment Society of Goa came up with ‘adaptive reuse’ when it wanted to lease out the Macquinez Palace (old GMC building, Campal, Panjim) to a Dilliwallah for a mall? On this one you are going to need a Thesaurus to come with an appropriate phrase. Here’s a thought: adaptive reuse is the process of adapting old structures for purposes other than those initially intended. And our montris are really, really good at this, don’t you think?


Proof of the Pudding

The you know who built their own Palacio da Idalcao (officially known as Goa Niwas, Chanakyapuri, Delhi) at a cost till date of Rs 16,72,69,000 and the projected cost is expected to be Rs 19,70,22,800. See, it’s always about “projected”. And of course the projected can get even more. What the government would call projected, but what I would say is easily predictable. For instance, if my memory serves me right, the original cost of the new Assembly at Porvorim was Rs 13 cr. It was re-estimated to cost Rs 26 cr. The information I have does not say how much our Government paid, or rather, you and I paid for the land to build the Goa Niwas, or, why so typically, your government always has an ‘estimated cost put to tender’ and an ‘up to date expenditure’. But then, we all know why, don’t we? In the first is where the creamy layer lies, in the second, is where the crème de la crème lies. Get it?


For the record

Civil & plumbing works –Rs 52770013 (estimated cost put to tender) Rs 92532650 (up to date expenditure); interior works – Rs 12572819.64- Rs 12393000; internal electrification -Rs 7715584-Rs 11897761; fixtures & fans –Rs 2081429-Rs 1982408; EPABX system –Rs 809329-Rs 492535; CCTV & car call system –Rs 1421155-Rs 520267.

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