Says various projects are in the pipeline and in next three-and-a-half-years, works worth Rs 20,000-25,000 crore would be executed in Goa
VASCO: The Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar pointed out that the Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) has lost Rs 90 crore during the current financial year due to the government’s stand against the coal handling at its berth.
He was addressing a gathering after laying the foundation stone for swimming pool at Headland Sada on Friday. The facility that would be constructed by GSIDC at cost of Rs 13 crores will have administrative building, Olympic-size swimming pool, baby pool, diving pool etc.
“Now after the stoppage of coal, another issue has cropped up. The MPT chairman approached me saying that there is no money to pay salaries to the MPT staff as it has resulted in the loss of Rs 90 crores in current financial year. Now they (MPT) will have to find out alternative cargo that would replace coal. Business at the port should continue so they will have to import other items. One should also understand the fact that economy of port town is dependent on activities at Mormugao Port,” Parrikar said. Taking a dig at social activists for opposing any projects in Goa, he said, “Many a time there are protests without understanding the logic behind the decision of the State government to allow some projects. While we are having the fast-paced development in the State, there are certain tendencies which are opposing the projects without applying logic for it. Activists are making claims that the roads are being widened and rivers would be dredged for coal transportation.”
He said that there is no demand for coal within the State, as coal is not used in Goa but still people are opposing coal and now when government has acted against coal, those who were criticising him over the coal issue have shut their mouth.
“They are not ready to congratulate the government for its action. There were few people who even resorted to slogans like Parrikar go back, as if I have come here from London. They (protestors) also said that I should be living in Vasco to feel the pollution levels. They should know that I have come from Delhi which is most polluted city. While having development, we will have to bear some inconvenience and those who speak against coal should speak against pollution and not coal as I fear that the people from the place where coal is burnt for producing electricity might start agitating and we will have no electricity in Goa” he added.
Parrikar also claimed that 80 per cent of the developmental works in Goa post liberation have been done during the BJP regime and while doing that government has also taken into consideration that the locals are not affected.