Dr. Varun Carvalho Dentist, Carvalho’s Dental Clinic & Singer

What do you think are the changes that have happened in Goa in the last four years and what do you see in the future of Goa in the next four years?
VC: Frankly speaking, I have not seen much change in Goa in the last 4 years other than more buildings coming up and the nonstop destruction of our natural resources. Thankfully, the mining has stopped for the time being. I can only be positive and look for better things to come in the next 4 years.

What are the most critical issues working towards Goa’s advantage?
VC: I think the most critical issue to be tackled is the infrastructure.We need good infrastructure in place like 4 lane roads without any speed breakers, high speed internet connection, nonstop electricity and water supply and other stuff that will attract the right tourists and the right investors to Goa. We also need to market Goa much better as a tourist destination and develop tourism especially hinterland tourism.

What are the most critical issues working towards Goa’s disadvantage?
VC: I think it has to be the politicians. We need politicians who will put the state and its people first instead of trying to fill their own pockets. We need politicians with a vision, and those who can drive Goa forward.

What does Goa need to do over the next four years to be recognised as a Global destination?
VC: I think we need to build up brand Goa internationally by working on our strong points, i.e., its beautiful people and the beautiful land. We need to develop our infrastructure to world class levels and attract the top people to Goa.

Are the people of Goa its biggest drawback or its biggest strength?
VC: I think Goa’s people have always been its strength. Goans have always been known to be very good-hearted, kind and fun loving people. Goans have always accepted people from all over irrespective of their colour, race or religion and that’s been Goa’s USP and I’m sure Goans will drive Goa forward!

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