Congress leaders, workers will have to go by high command’s decision: Reginaldo

PANAJI: The Congress party spokesman, Mr Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco, has said that the Congress party leaders and workers would have to go by the decision of the party high command as regards to the Dabolim and Mopa airports issue.

Responding to a query from the reporters during a press conference on Monday, Mr Lourenco, who is also the Congress legislator from Curtorim, said that the sentiments of the state party men on the issue would be conveyed to the high command and that state Congress men would go by any decision that the party’s central leadership takes.

He also said that the opinions expressed by the Congress leaders so far have been their own and could not be said to be that of the party. “We will go by any decision that the Congress high command takes on Dabolim and Mopa airports issue,” he said.

Earlier, the chairman of the Congress minority department, Mr Saifullah Khan told reporters while addressing the press conference that the government should show its sincerity on continuing with the Dabolim airport by re-notifying the land which was earlier acquired for parking space for the airport project.

He said that people of the port town of Vasco have been “betrayed and deprived” of almost all facilities and have to live in volatile conditions by inhaling dust.

He also said that people in Vasco were also living on a tickling bomb in the form of location of oil companies there.
He further said that the state government has failed to keep its promises on railway station in the town and promised trains to various destinations have not been started and the station was being used for washing purposes.

He said that attempts were now being made to close down the Dabolim airport, a facility that people in taluka were proud of, also. Urging the Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar, not to fool people of Vasco and Goa any more by claiming that Dabolim and Mopa would co-exist, he said that the government should show its resolve to continue with Dabolim by giving land for parking space.

He further said that in case Dabolim was shut down it would affect not only people of South Goa but also tourism sector including many starred and unstarred hotels as well as thousands of people employed in these hotels.[NT]