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Edwin/Diana Pinto
2014-10-16 02:27:31 UTC
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October 15, 2014

GFDO Press Statement

GFDO said that all Goans should now take a reality check on the loyalties of their Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who at a recent election meeting at Sindhudurg with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, openly and shockingly proclaimed to the people of Sindhudurg that Mopa Airport would specifically cater to the progress of Sindhudurg , bringing with it large scale tourism development for the Maharashtrian Konkan region.



Goans should now clearly understand that the Mopa Airport as conceptualised and planned by Manohar Parrikar, is not only a land scam of unspeakably huge magnitude, but has also been put in place keeping the interests of Maharashtra in mind, at the cost of poor Goan farmers, the Goan tourism industry in particular and the Goan economy in general.



It is clear that Goa?s Chief Minister is functioning under the delusion that he is actually Maharashtra?s Chief Minister and that he believes that Maharashtra?s progress and development should be pushed through and promoted even at the cost of Goa?s people, resources, interests and infrastructure. This is a wake up call for all right thinking Goans, to question Manohar Parrikar as to the reason why he thinks the wellbeing of a neighbouring state comes before the interests of the state and the people of Goa who elected him into power with a clear majority.



There are no more excuses left. This government, led by Manohar Parrikar has been stripped of all pretences and the truth lies exposed. This is a clarion call from GFDO to all Goans to unite and fight for our very survival against the nefarious plans of our own government.



Many years ago, Goans came out clearly on the side of statehood. Don?t allow the BJP government to surreptitiously transform Goa into a small and insignificant district of Maharashtra, even as the state government and Manohar Parrikar hoodwink the people of Goa by going through the motions of safeguarding Goa?s land and identity by pretending to push the Special Status cause at the Centre.



For GOANS FOR DABOLIM ONLY



Fr. Eremito Rebelo

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Edwin/Diana Pinto
2014-10-17 11:20:45 UTC
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October 17, 2014



GFDO said that it was disturbing and sad that CM Parrikar is now resorting to divisive politics in an attempt to justify an unjustifiable second airport for Goa in the absence of any logical arguments based on facts and reason.



Mr. Parrikar seems to have conveniently forgotten that construction of Mopa airport was certainly not on the BJP manifesto, relying on which, the people of both North as well as South Goa gave his party a mandate to form the state government.



Mr. Parrikar?s attempt to hoodwink the people that two airports (Dabolim and Mopa) will be economically viable in Goa, with less than 4 million passenger annual traffic is a lie. Why then Bangalore with 13 million passengers per year and Hyderabad with 9 million passengers per year had to close down government airports citing economic unviability of two airports? This despite the fact that Goa depends predominantly upon a fragile and unpredictable tourism industry for sustaining such a huge aviation infrastructure unlike dedicated business traffic in Bangalore and Hyderabad. Parrikar's words are therefore amusing and are unbecoming of a Chief minister. Does Mr. Parrikar think that his ill administered state showcasing mounds of garbage all over South as well as North Goa, deteriorating law and order, lack of power, water and other crucial infrastructure, drug infested Goan beaches as against the pristine, virgin beaches of Sindhudurg will attract tourists to sustain Mopa Airport let alone two airports?



If the CM, looks around at the reality of Goa he will not delude himself or the people of Goa that there will be a ?bigger tourism pie? with or without Mopa Airport. In fact, his intention of gifting 15 lakh sq. ms of land for pure commercial use, with FAR of 400% which can be compared to 20 times bigger scam than the SEZ scam, which together with its perpetrators was banished by Goans few years ago.



The people of Goa have not forgotten Mr. Parrikar's circasm in requesting Congress leader Digvijay Singh on the occasion of the inauguration of the new Dabolim Airport terminal to ?Consider us a part of India and convince the Defense Minister to part with 15 to 20 acres of land? for Dabolim Airport expansion. Now that his own Narendra Modi and Arun Jetley are at the helm at the Centre, the Chief Minister should tell the people of Goa if he has made even a single official request for the additional land that he considered so crucial during the tenure of the erstwhile UPA government.



Mr. Parrikar?s imperious and autocratic utterance that ?no force can ground Mopa airport? bodes ill for democracy in Goa because new projects should be conceived, envisioned and executed with the stamp of reason, logic and necessity. From Mr. Parrikar?s divisive and overbearing tone it is amply clear that his unviable Mopa airport unfortunately, has none of these.





For GOANS FOR DABOLIM ONLY



Fr. Eremito Rebelo

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