Taking offense to recent statements by South Goa MP Francisco Sardinha that the Dabolim airport would co-exist with Mopa, and the failure of chief minister Manohar Parrikar to take cogniszance of acamedic studies that suggested that two aiports were not feasible in Goa, Fatorda MLA Vijai Sardesai said that speculative real estate interests were supporting the idea of Mopa
"It was strange that the South Goa MP was presupposing that both Mopa and Dabolim will co-exist, whilst also saying that he had has asked a question in Parliament, the answer to which was yet to come," said Sardesai, addressing mediapersons on in Margao on Saturday.
"If the MP could vouch for the Navy, what about the Navy going back on its word on the Anjediva island? After the Goa government under then chief minister Pratapsingh Rane handed over Anjediva to the Navy for free, despite having an agreement in place, Christians are not allowed to perform religious duties and prayers on the island's church, and not even allowed to enter for novenas and on the feast days, let alone religious prayers," added Sardesai.
Stating that Sardinha was being ambiguous in his statements and that a mere question in Parliament did not mean anything, Sardesai criticized Sardinha for making false statements to misguide the public.
"Sardinha's statement that it was known that the old airports in Hyderabad and Bangaluru would be shut down after the new ones were commissioned is a figment of his own imagination, and people in these places have suffered badly due to the closure," said Sardesai.
He further criticized Parrikar for being silent and attributed the silence to the absence of any in-depth feasiblitiy study for Mopa by which those opposing Mopa could be answered back.
"It is possible to make Dabolim the equivalent of Gatwick in London, servicing 30 million passengers a year by spending approximately 350 crore, and the same would suffice for the next 20 years, but the government is going ahead spending 6,000 crore on Mopa inspite not having the money," alleged Sardesai. [TOI]