Sunday, September 06, 2015

Fr Eremito reiterates stand on Mopa

Margao:  Fr Eremito Rebello, convenor of ‘Goans For Dabolim Only’ (GFDO) said that their consistent stand that Mopa Airport project is economically unviable, and is in fact a real estate scam has been substantiated with the recent reports which state that 8 brand new airports which were proposed in 2009 alongside Mopa and constructed in some of the country’s tourist hubs, have not seen any aviation activity because of less than projected demand.
“Indeed 50 percent of India’s airports remain unused throughout the year. Prime Minister Modi himself, in tacit acknowledgment of the fact that the PPP model for airports in India has proved to be unviable and economically unfeasible, has reversed the government decision to privatise Chennai, Kolkata, Jaipur and Ahmedabad Airports,” said Fr Eremito.
The GFDO convenor pointed out that Goans understand that the Mopa Airport project is Chief Minister Parsekar’s dream.
“After all, on April 18, 2006, Parsekar, as a leader of the pro-Mopa airport lobby, enforced a bandh by blocking the Siolim-Chopdem bridge, without even making any effort to understand the dynamics, feasibility, environmental impact and sustainability of the project,” said Fr Eremito and asked: “But is it right that Goa should suffer the same fate as Sri Lanka just to pander to the vanity and hard headedness of Parsekar?”
06/09/15 Herald
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