PORVORIM: Chief minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday assured legislators that 400 LED street lamps would be given to each of them for their respective constituencies before Ganesh Chaturthi.
Opposition leader Digambar Kamat said a 30-minute discussion over the issue had been called for because replies furnished by power minister Nilesh Cabral were found to be unsatisfactory.
Kamat said a firm called BVG, which was involved in the installation of LED fixtures in the state, was also involved in garbage collection along the highways. “I don’t understand what knowledge a garbage-collection agency has of installing LED fixtures,” the Margao MLA said.
In reply, Cabral said Rs 3.5 crore had been handed to the contractor and that the government would be opting for a short-closed tender. “Around five meetings have been held in this regard,” he said.
During the discussion, Marcaim MLA Ramkrishna Dhavalikar suggested that the government purchase the LED lamps on an ‘emergency clause’ so that the fixtures could be obtained before Chaturthi. Porvorim MLA Rohan Khaunte said non-functioning LED lights had resulted in dark spots that were creating security problems.
Sanguem MLA Prasad Gaonkar said 68% of LED lamps did not work in his constituency and if the government failed to repair them, it could remove the remaining lights.