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Power Minister Milind Naik along with prominent citizens of Baina during a press conference at Headland-Sada.  Sudesh Bhosle | NT

Rs 2.2-crore Baina beach beautification will boost port town economy: Milind

VASCO: Proposed beautification and illumination works at Baina beach at a cost of Rs 2.20 crore will boost economy of port town, Power Minister Milind Naik said at Headland-Sada on Thursday evening.

Naik also said that a number of development projects will come up in Baina in near future. He also recalled that the traditional fishermen residing at Baina beach have been rehabilitated by the state government at Goa State Rehabilitation Board based at Headland-Sada and Katem Baina.

Prominent citizens of Baina Dr Baban Parulekar, Santosh Khorjuvenkar, Augusto D’Costa, Andrew Alvares, Prakash Naik, Jayant Jadhav, Peter Araujo besides Mormugao Municipal Council chairperson Lavina D’Souza, councillors Bhavana Bhosle, Sumita Usgaonkar, Sanjay Satardekar, Mormugao BJP president Shashi Parab, Ravindra Bhavan Baina vice-president Chandrakant Gawas besides others were also present on the occasion.

Naik said that two net-mending sheds will be built along Baina beach for fishermen registered under two different traditional fishermen association. He also said that around 200 metres out of the 800-metre beach stretch will be allocated for fishing purpose with the two associations getting equal share. Naik also said that a breakwater will also be constructed along the beach.

On demolition of 205 Baina structures, Naik said that these come under the regulation zone area. He also claimed that the Karnataka government has failed to rehabilitate people who were affected by ‘Sea Bird’ project even though around 28 years have gone by.

Naik said, “Karnataka legislator and Goan politicians should not misguide occupants of the hutments and Goans over the demolition of 205 hutments. Everything will be done through legal process.”

Naik also said that work on balance portion of four-lane highway would start in another two months and it will get completed in two and half years. He also said that no illegality will be tolerated at Baina beach and no one will be allowed to encroach upon it.

Prominent citizens of Baina and Mormugao areas supported the Baina beach beautification project. Dr Baban Parulekar said that the government should focus on bringing tourism projects at Baina beach. He suggested that three minutes video based on the artistic plan of Baina beach should be circulated among people so that the project gets necessary support.

Augusto D’Costa said that the four-lane highway connectivity is a must for the development of Mormugao Port thereby helping to reduce the traffic congestion and accidents in city.

MMC chairperson Lavina D’Souza and Jayant Jadhav, who is also the director of GTDC, strongly opposed the politicising of Baina hutment issue by some politicians. Jadhav assured that the GTDC will provide necessary facilities at Baina beach like toilet, wash room,  etc once the beach is developed.

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