PANAJI : Stating that 99 per cent of the hotels located along the beach belt of Pernem taluka are illegal, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Monday said that he, as the Chief Minister of the state is backing the Tiracol-based Resort Villas project, which will have facility of the golf course, since the same had followed all legal procedures.“In fact, I would say that Pernem taluka needs at least four five-star hotels so that they can cater to the projects like Mopa Greenfield International Airport and electronic city proposed in the taluka,” he added.
Speaking informally to the pressmen, the Chief Minister said that almost all the (smaller) hotels situated along the beach belt in Pernem taluka are illegal, but he has not initiated any action against them because livelihood of large number of families is dependent on these hotels.
It may be recalled that a public meeting organised by the Tiracol Rakhonn Manch outside the Tiracol Fort on June 7 witnessed villagers of Tiracol village attending the same in large numbers to oppose the proposed golf course. The Tiracol resort and golf course project in
Pernem taluka is promoted by Leading Hotels Pvt Ltd, and is spread over 9.90 lakh square metres.
Stating that the particular project coming up at Tiracol will create 500 to 800 jobs for the locals, Parsekar, who represents Mandrem constituency in Pernem taluka, pointed out, “I believe they (Leading Hotels Pvt Ltd) have completed the required procedures and must be
having the necessary NOCs.” He also said that the land for the project was purchased by staying within the legal framework and the government has accepted land conversion fees towards the land on which the project is taking shape and, therefore, cannot back out from the same.
Speaking further, the Chief Minister said that those people from Tiracol, who sold their land for this project are themselves opposing the project now. He also mentioned that most of the locals from villages in Pernem taluka such as Arambol, Paliem and Morjim are supporting the particular project, and large number of people, who stood against the project are from other parts of Goa.
Parsekar maintained that the Tiracol project was given in-principle permission during the regime of the Congress government, just before the Bharatiya Janata Party government came to power in 2012. “I was an opposition MLA at that time, but did not oppose the project as it was in favour of the locals,” he recalled, reiterating, “I am the Chief Minister now and am definitely supporting it.”