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Mayor sparks outrage after he buys new car amid lockdown
The mayor claimed that the vehicle was booked earlier and had been delivered on Monday.
(SAI Bureau) Panaji, Goa: Panaji Mayor Uday Madkaika has come under flak for buying a new car despite the Chief Minister saying no new cars would be allowed to be purchased. The mayor of the Panaji has landed himself in hot water for purchasing a new car at a time when the state government is grappling with the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. Mayor Uday Madkaikar sparked outrage after he bought a Toyota Innova Crysta on Monday despite Chief Minister Pramod Sawant saying that no new purchases of vehicles would be sanctioned. On Tuesday, Madkaikar offered a public apology for his purchase that came from the funds of the municipal corporation.
“I apologise to the people of Panaji. I should not have bought a car in this crisis,” Madkaikar said but hastened to add that a new car for the Panaji mayor was long overdue since the current car was “already seven years old”. “The car I was using was seven years old. I had requested the government for permission to buy a new car. The cost for a new Toyota Innova base model is Rs. 16.70 lakh. The government at that time had sanctioned the Corporation up to Rs. 14 lakh for a new car for an incumbent mayor,” Madkaikar told reporters.
The Mayor took delivery of the car on Monday but claimed that he had booked it before the lockdown stared last month. “The vehicle was booked earlier and it is just that the delivery has been taken yesterday,” Madkaikar said. Car dealerships are yet to open in Goa. Several dealerships have said that they are hopeful that they will open on May 3 subject to guidelines from the state and central government.
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