Bosco - Goanet Volunteer
2003-10-16 00:48:10 UTC
<averthan at goatelecom.com> wrote:
This has reference to your front-page article "Skybus: State to gain from
royalty." in your issue of October 15th., 2003.
As has become the habit of the Goa Government, many projects have been approved
without proper technical, financial or social impact assessments being made.
Regarding the skybus project, we have been given confusing versions of the
project by the Chief Minister, who, on several occasions informed the public
that the trial run of the skybus would be between Panaji and Mapusa. On another
occasion he informed the public that he had already decided to have the first
link between the Panaji Kadamba Bus Station and the Miramar circle. Now we are
informed that the test route will be in Margao on a three kilometer stretch -
the destination point has not been given.
On what basis has the route been selected? Have the citizens (who will bear the
burden) been given any information about the techno-economic analysis of this
A glaring example of the arbitrary manner in which the Parrikar government
arrives at decisions is the fact (stated in your article) that the Government
of Goa and the Konkan Railway Corporation have agreed to participate in this
project on a 50:50 partnership basis. The Goa Government is stated to be
providing about 50 crore Rupees to this project, while the KRC will only be
providing the technical expertise. However, the profit sharing will be in the
ratio of 80:20. The Goa Government will only get 20 percent of the ( royalty?)
profits !! Is this Parrikar's idea of a 50:50 partnership?
Your article clearly mentions that this three kilometer stretch of the skybus is
meant to "test" the indigenously developed technology. Is the tiny State of
Goa adequately equipped to bear the risk of an untested technology? What
happens if the test fails or if serious flaws are discovered? (as happened
with the Konkan Railway accidents recently?).
Are the citizens of Goa expected to carry the burden of the reckless adventurism
of Manohar Parrikar?
The Chief Minister owes it to the citizens of Goa to disclose ALL the facts of
this project. Otherwise we will have a repetition of the Economic Development
Corporation, where a subsequent government places the blame for failure on a
previous government. The citizens of Goa are NOT prepared to be made scapegoats
of the political shennigans of the politicians.
Mr. Averthanus D'Souza.
D-13, La Marvel Colony,
Dona Paula, Goa 403 004.
Tel: 2453552; 2453628.
October 16, 2003 - Silver Jubilee of the papacy of John Paul II