Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari Wednesday said that Goa will be turned into a model state in the country free from water and air pollution, as it was the dream of former chief minister late Manohar Parrikar and former deputy chief minister late Francis D’Souza.
Addressing a public meeting in Mapusa, the Union minister said that
everyone had taken a decision in that regard but time betrayed them. “So now we have to fulfil their dream,” Gadkari said.
“If there is ayaram gayaram then it is a problem. Everything is good in Goa but I don’t know why despite being educated MLAs change their party. It is not their fault, you (voters) have not elected right candidates,” Gadkari said.
He said that he speaks straight and added that Goa will develop only if there is
a stable government for which all MLAs must be together. “Otherwise, there will be ayaram gayaram, and then blackmailing will start. After facing a lot of difficulty we have succeeded in giving a stable government and if you want a stable government then vote for lotus,” he appealed to the people.
Stating that Mopa would be developed on the lines of Venice city, Gadkari said, “I had told Manohar that after arriving at the international airport, people will travel to their hotels via waterways like how it is done in Venice city and on the same lines, we will develop Mopa by constructing a channel.”
The minister said that he had also told Parrikar about plans of introducing flying double decker buses with a capacity of 260 passengers and added that he was even supposed to give a presentation on it. “We have such a technology available to travel in double decker flying buses for which cost is Rs 50 crore per kilometre while the cost for metro is Rs 350 crore. So we can make Goa air and water pollution free,” Gadkari said.
Commenting on the tourism sector, Gadkari said, “We have started a cruise from Mumbai to Goa. A second cruise vessel has also started its journey. We have decided to make waterways pollution free.”
Taking a dig at the opposition for nationalisation of rivers, Gadkari said, “There is some person called ‘Captain of Ports’ who is creating a hurdle, as he claims that the Centre will take over the waterways. Where will I go with the rivers?”