GCCI demands better infra in pre-budget memo


The Goa chamber of commerce and industry (Ghas in its pre-budget memorandum to the chief minister, suggested measures to boost industry in the state.
Addressing mediapersons, GCCI president Manguirish Pai Raikar said GCCI has not asked for reduction in any of the existing taxes or rates considering the financial situation of the state.
"We have suggested that no new taxes should be levied and the rate of current taxes should not be increased," he added. Raikar said there was ample scope for the government to increase both; tax and non-tax revenues by widening the tax base and plugging revenue leakages.
GCCI has also called on the government to attract fresh investments in the manufacturing sector.
The pre-budget memorandum has stated that the decline of the agriculture sector, stagnation in manufacturing sector, increasing dependence of the services sector on tourism were areas for concern. GCCI has also called on the government to speed up infrastructure development in the state particularly by providing proper power, water and road connectivity as this would enable industrial expansion in the state.
Raikar said "Industry provides employment and revenue, so we need industries to happen." GCCI has mooted promoting Goa as a trading-cum-logistics hub utilizing sea, rail, road and air connectivity. Dharbandora and Colvale have been touted as locations for integrated logistics hubs, while an integrated container depot has been suggested at Verna.
Raikar also said the GCCI supported the construction of the Mopa airport.
GCCI has also called for starting of a Ro-Ro service across the Zuari river, pending construction of the Zuari bridge which has been closed for heavy traffic since 1997.
The memorandum also urged the government to tackle the growing garbage and e-waste problem in the state, with the strewn plastic menace affecting tourism by spoiling the image of the state.
Raikar suggested that throwing of waste on roadsides should be made a punishable offence attracting exemplary fines.
The GGCI has also called for improving of the road network in the state due to the increase in the number of vehicles. The GCCI has suggested that metro lines be created in the state from Mapusa to Margao and Vasco, via Cortalim to improve the mass public transport system.
The memorandum also seeks measures to boost the agriculture, IT and manufacturing sector. [TOI]