Union Minister of State for AYUSH (Independent Charge) Shripad Naik on Tuesday stated that the state government should take people into confidence as regards implementation of development projects and try to resolve issues amicably by sitting across the table.
Naik was speaking to this daily on the sidelines of his visit to the port town of Vasco on Tuesday. He was in Vasco to attend the last rites of his friend and party worker Gurudas Borkar (74), a resident of New-Vaddem, who died after a brief illness.
Urban Development Minister Milind Naik, former environment and forest minister Rajendra Arlekar, Goa Suraksha Manch youth wing president Nitin Faldessai were among other prominent leaders who visited Borkar’s residence at New-Vaddem.
“Three infrastructure projects – rail track doubling, four-laning of highway and power transmission line are a part of major infrastructure development. Those who are opposing do not know the importance and how these projects are going to benefit the state. The government should make efforts to create awareness on importance of these projects and needs to sort out the issues amicably by sitting across the table,” Naik stated. He stressed the need for taking people into confidence for implementation of the projects.
Explaining about the power transmission line, which is a part of the three linear projects, Naik said that “Goa’s population is steadily increasing and so the power consumption. I agree that we have to do some sacrifice when development projects are undertaken to improve infrastructural facilities in the state. However, the government has to focus on planting more trees in order to maintain ecological balance.”
He urged the people to cooperate and support development projects for the progress of the state.
Speaking about doubling of rail track, Naik said that “double tracking is important from national point of view. The business in Goa and entire country will flourish only when double tracks are laid. We need to boost industries and as such the lone port in Goa (Mormugao Port Trust) will benefit from trade, certainly improving the economy of the state.” He said that “double tracking is a necessity for Goa to boost trade.”
He said that “when railway track project was first taken up in Goa people had opposed it, but later on they realised the importance of laying the tracks. I am sure that people, who are opposing the three linear projects, will understand the importance of these projects and support the government for development of the