The BJP has hit back at Fatorda MLA Vijai Sardessai for his criticism of the proposed airport at Mopa, with BJP State spokesperson Dr Pramod Sawant stating that the independent MLA is opposing the airport due to “a personal interest.”
Addressing a press conference here in Bicholim, Dr Sawant came down heavily on Sardessai for opposing the Mopa airport and for forming a group to oppose the project.
“Most people in North Goa are supporting the Mopa airport and it will lead to development not only in North Goa but also South Goa,” said Dr Sawant.
“In the Assembly, Sardessai had supported the plan and now, he has suddenly come up with the issue. He is probably acting on instructions from someone else,” alleged Dr Sawant.
Dr Sawant further said the entire process of acquiring the land is in the final phase and there is hardly any opposition to the project even from locals in the area.
“Residents of Mopa are not opposing the airport, but they are angry as they are not getting enough money for their land they are losing and the government has already taken up the issue and will meet the residents to listen to their grievances,” he said.
“Sardessai should know that Mopa is in Goa and not in Maharashtra. Our State will surely benefit with the project. The government has also made it clear that Dabolim airport will remain and there is nothing to worry,” added Dr Sawant.
“If we do not take up the project, Maharashtra government has already proposed an international airport at Chipi-Sindhudurga and if it comes up, Goans will be in a great loss,” informed Dr Sawant.
“He is opposing the project as he has a personal interest in the matter and we all know that Mopa is the need of the hour,” he claimed.
Bicholim BJP Block President Adv Manohar Shirodkar, Shilpa Naik, Vithoba Ghadi, Dattaram Chimulkar were among others present on the occasion. [H]