With the Goa Lokayukta Justice P.K. Misra who is hearing complaints on the alleged multi-crore beach cleaning scam having issued notice to Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar, the Government yesterday cancelled the current very fishy beach cleaning contract.
Dilip Parulekar, the beach cleaning contractor Manish Mohata and Avdhoot Parrikar the brother of Manohar Parrikar amongst others have been accused of emptying the state coffers under the guise of so called scientific beach cleaning.
In September 2014 while Manohar Parrikar was the Chief Minister and Nikhil Desai the Director of Tourism, the Goa Government awarded the contract of Comprehensive Management of cleanliness of North Goa Beaches to Bhumika Cleantech Services Pvt Ltd at an annual cost of Rs 7, 51, 40,999 and the cleaning of South Goa beaches to Ram Cleansers & Developers Pvt Ltd at a cost of Rs 7, 04, 87,999. Both the companies are owned by Manish Mohata. Earlier the cleaning of Goa beaches was costing the State Government an average of a mere two crores annually.
The former Director of Tourism Mr. Ameya Abhyankar on 11th December last year had proposed that the current beach cleaning contract be terminated for not fulfilling major conditions of the tender. In his four page note Ameya Abhyankar while giving detailed reasons had further proposed that the department go in for a fresh tender. The government the very next day transferred Ameya Abhyankar.