Urban Development Minister Francis D’Souza, on Thursday, mooted a ‘new city’ on the lines of the capital city of Panaji along the side of Kadamba Plateau to decongest Panaji.
D’Souza, who was speaking on the sidelines of the celebration of 175th anniversary of existence of the city of Panaji, said that “Panaji is too congested and in order to decongest it, we need to develop city along the Kadamba plateau.”
The Urban Development Minister said that the new city should have a market, hospital, theatre, colleges, schools and playgrounds and all other basic amenities.
He said this while replying to a question posed to him.
He said that many people have made Panaji their home and it is their duty to keep it clean and maintain cleanliness. He went on to add that despite taking several measures, the garbage issue has remained unsolved.
D’Souza said that Panaji has been chosen under the Smart City Mission, and it is necessary that not only residents of the city but all Goans contribute their might to make it the smartest city in the entire country.
He went on to add that the Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) alone cannot achieve this feat.
CCP Mayor Vithal Chopdekar, while hailing the city for entering a landmark occasion, said that Panaji is a centre of all government departments, besides being a cultural hub and patronised by tourists.
He said all should strive hard to make such landmark occasions more memorable.
For Panaji MLA Sidharth Kuncalienkar said that Panaji is an integral part of his life which has progressed from a small village of fishing community to a big city.
He said that the people from all over the state have come and settled down here and made it their home, business destination, education destination and destination for other activities.
Postmaster general, Goa region, Panaji, Dr N Vinodkumar presented special philatelic cover brought out on the occasion of the 175th anniversary of existence of Panaji city while CCP Commissioner proposed the vote of thanks.