Explore alternative means of earning revenue: CM to CoP

PANAJI: The Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar, on Saturday, told the officials of the Captain of Ports department to explore the possibility of earning revenue through alternative means, with the revenue that the department was earning through export of iron ore drying up due to stoppage of mining in the state.

Addressing the gathering at the centenary celebrations of the department, Mr Parrikar said that the outer harbour of the department could be used for import of coal and its subsequent transportation through inland waterways by barges, which at the moment are lying idle, to different parts of the state thereby earning sizeable income for the department and the state.

Such a move would help not only the department and government to earn revenue but also the barge owners and their crew, said the Chief Minister even as he called upon the head of the department, Captain James Braganza to explore means to use state waterways for income generation and use of available facilities.

He also said that inland waterways could also be used for transportation of vehicles and people through modern navigation facilities and suggested that inland waterways could serve as a cheaper version of transportation. The ideas could be explored by the officials in a month’s time, he added.

He said that inland waterways could be started between Aldona and Panaji and Panaji and Vasco, adding that the vessels could be used for ferrying passengers during the day time and for cruises later in the evening, which too could help earn revenue.

The Chief Minister said that starting of inland waterways would ease pressure on Goan roads and ease congestions as well as help people save good amount of money they spend on fuel.

Earlier, the secretary (Ports), Mr Hage Bhat while giving the welcome address said that the department needed to harness inland waterways, which would help develop the tourism sector. He also said that rivers in the state would be dredged to make them navigable. [NT]