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GFDO gives govt last chance to scrap Mopa airport project

Panjim: Goans for Dabolim Only (GFDO), a group of anti-Mopa airport activists gave a final call to the Goa government to scrap the proposed greenfield airport project in Pernem or else threatened that they would expose it as a ‘scam’ with documentary evidence.Speaking to the media in Panjim, Fr Eremito Rebelo of GFDO after visiting Mopa village said that GFDO members have been collecting documents from various departments related to the project and alleged that there is no doubt that the airport project is a huge scam.He said that TCP Minister Vijai Sardesai, who was a vociferous opponent of the Mopa airport project before the elections, made an inexplicable somersault when GFDO met with him some time ago.
“GFDO issues this final appeal to the government and in particular to Chief Minister Parrikar and TCP Minister Sardesai to stop this project forthwith in order to save the Goa government from being totally exposed and vulnerable to action when the details of the Mopa airport scam are made public at an appropriate time,” Rebelo said.GFDO has condemned the creation of a new Planning and Development Authority (PDA) for the development of the Mopa area. “Government needs to explain to the people why a PDA is needed for this area since GMR has been given complete monopoly to plan and develop the area how and when they want,” he said.Rebelo added, “The PDA will adversely affect the people of the area by disempowering them and concentrating power in the hands of the government to grab and concretise the entire area from the highway to the plateau and all the other lakhs of square meters surrounding the plateau, including paddy fields and residential areas where villagers reside.” [H]

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