Rane backs Mopa Airport


 Opposition Leader Pratapsing Rane on Tuesday came out in support of the Greenfield Airport at Mopa, claiming that the airport would serve the increasing air traffic and generate employment as he batted strongly for people of North Goa.
While also stressing that the State needed both airports ~ Dabolim and Mopa, Rane urged his colleagues not to fight on such crucial issues. The Opposition leader opined that the operation of two airports would help Goa to develop into a modern State.
“I might differ with the opinions of my colleagues (Congressmen) but I will always support what is good for the State,” the opposition leader said, at a general discussion on State Budget 2013-14.
The Opposition leader said that airport in North Goa will create large scale employment and much needed revenue for the State. “It will help the State in its overall development,” Rane claimed.
“Why are we talking about just South…South and what about North Goa…Time has come when we need to think about North Goa,” he said, adding ‘State can very well manage two airports’.
From the ruling benches it was BJP Tivim MLA Kiran Kandolkar who threw his weight behind the Mopa Greenfield Airport terming it as the need of the hour. He suggested that government should not be influenced by the protests against the upcoming airport and grant the required permissions to start the work.
Echoing Pratapsing Rane’s view, Kandolkar also said that the setting up of Mopa will create employment opportunities for youth and generate revenue to the government.
“Not only will North Goa, but the entire State will benefit. It will generate employment. Hotels will come up, there will be rented taxis operating…” he said. “The government should as soon as possible grant permission to start Mopa.”
On the agriculture front, Kandolkar strongly recommended the introduction of compulsory subject on Agriculture in Class I to IV syllabus. “Today’s children feel awkward to work into the field. If the government aims at increasing agricultural growth by 6 percent, agriculture should be taught in schools including practical experience in the fields,” he said. [H]