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BJP working in collusion with Congress to close Dabolim Airport: Sardesai

Independent MLA of Fatorda Vijai Sardesai has charged that the current BJP-led government is working in collusion with the erstwhile Congress government to close the Dabolim Airport. He further charges that both the national parties are working at the behest of their party leaders from Maharashtra so that the MOPA Airport will become viable to serve the Maharastra lobbies at cost of the interests of the people of Goa

Referring to the recent Order of the Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court at Goa dated 23/10/12, in the matter of the case filed by an RTI activist John Philip Pereira in September 2011, Sardesai stated that it was obvious from the order that the Chief Minister had conspired to ensure that the earlier Congress government’s decision to de-notify the land acquired for parking at Dabolim was confirmed by the Court.

Sardesai further pointed out that when in Opposition, Parrikar, termed the de-notification as a fraud perpetrated on the people of Goa. But when he came to power, he allowed Section 6 to be lapsed in June 2012 and claimed withdrawal of the government from the Land Acquisition process under Section 48.

“The second ICAO airport clearly states that the dual airport model will not work in Goa, when then is government keen to progress on Mopa without having a viability done. And it important that the Mopa and Dabolim airport be discussed in the Assembly House,” expressed Sardesai.

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