Work will resume once GMR signs a fresh agreement to give jobs to locals: Azgaonkar
PERNEM: Work of the International Mopa airport came to a halt after GMR Company suddenly decided not to give any employment to locals in the Mopa Airport Project. Tourism Minister and Local MLA Babu Azgaonkar visited the airport site on Saturday and immediately stopped the ongoing work of the airport project.
“Project work will restart only once GMR sign fresh agreement with Goa Government on assuring to provide employment to locals”, said Babu Azgaonkar.
“GMR had assured us that jobs will be created and first preference will be given to Pernem people. But this assurance is not given in writing. Now the company has suddenly taken a decision that no locals will be given jobs. GMR has betrayed us and failed on the assurance given by them. So now GMR will have to have a meeting with us and sign an agreement assuring that jobs will be given to locals and only then the project work will restart,” Babu Azgaonkar added.
When Herald contacted GMR, officials refused to comment on the development.
“This is a unexpected decision that is taken up by GMR and all this is happening because Chief Minister is not here. Around two crore sq mts land has been acquired and many people have lost their houses. These people have sacrificed their land for the whole of Pernem and now after getting everything in hand, GMR is saying that no locals will be given employment but we are not going to allow this” he added.
“The airport project was welcomed in Pernem only because the company had assured us that the local people will get employment. On basis of this assurance, they acquired the land and started with the work but with this decision, they have kicked back on us. But now this is an agitation and it will not end till our demands are not fulfilled,”. Azgaonkar said.
Azgaonkar further said “GMR will have to explain us what kind of jobs will be created, how they will create them and how many jobs will be created. The company will have to sign an agreement and settle this and only then the project work will restart and if this does not happen then this project will not be allowed here”.
GMR had assured us that for any type of work, locals will be given employment but today GMR has got all the machinery and manpower from outside Goa. “Our locals also have machinery then why GMR has not hired the locals and given them work? GMR will have to show the people what kind of work they are doing and only if the people agree then only this project will come up on this land,” he said.
The previous agreement was made during Congress government and now that agreement is revoked. But now the company will have to sign a new fresh agreement and explain to people the benefit of this project and only then the project work will restart.