Dabolim: Vijai Sardesai slams BJP, Congress

Fatorda MLA Vijai Sardesai has demanded that the state government appoint a committee of experts from the civil aviation field and technically-qualified Goans to comprehensively evaluate the aspect of having two airports in the state.

He also challenged chief minister Manohar Parrikar or any Congress leader to a public debate to discuss the issue, and demanded that the chief minister table a report on the future of Dabolim in the coming assembly session.

Sardesai appealed to all Goans to come together under one banner to fight for the cause of Dabolim, and that he would support and agitate with them. When asked if he was commenting on the issue in the wake of former Navelim MLA Churchill Alemao raking up the matter recently, Sardesai said that the recent PIL petition in the Bombay High Court regarding the denotificaiton of land acquired by the govenrment for the creating of a parking lot of the airport triggered his response.

Sardesai accused the BJP government of acting in collusion with the Congress to ensure that Dabolim is closed down, by ensuring its expansion was thwarted. "Both the National parties are acting at the behest of their party bosses from Maharashtra so that the Mopa airport will become more viable and serve the Maharashtra lobbies at the cost of the interest of the Goan people," added Sardesai. [TOI]