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Infrastructure projects that benefit the states must not be opposed: Goa CM

Panjim: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant inaugurated Limited Height Subways at Kamral and Khandiwada and Foot Over Bridge at Sanvordem Curchorem Railway Station constructed by South Western Railway and Railway Vikas Nigam Limited on Sunday.

Both subways at Kamral and Khadiwada were the long pending demands and the villagers facing hardships for vehicular access for years together will be permanently solved with the construction of these subways. The underpass at Khandiwada will provide great relief for the road users as they can ride through the underpass without having to wait at the Level Crossing gates, when closed during movement of railway traffic. The subway at Kamral will provide relief to the people since one portion of the village having around 70 houses were landlocked between the railway line and a river for the last several years.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister reiterated the efforts put up by the government to meet the infrastructural needs of its people. He said Sanvordem and Curchorem – twin cities – would be developed with innovative infrastructural projects in coming future.

Dr Sawant said any project which would benefit the state and it’s people should not be opposed just for the sake of showing opposition.

People should think and support such projects that would benefit the state and it’s people and also boost economy, he said.

Speaking regarding double tracking of the railway track in the state, he said government was ready to rehabilitate people, if houses were getting damaged.

‘Compensation would be given for other losses. Double tracking of railway line is not done for coal transportation but will help to increase tourism and other import export of pharmaceutical companies and other commodities. The import export of Goan industries which is done through JNP Port, Mumbai, will be diverted through Mormugao Port making optimum use of it. Tourism projects will also start from Mormugao Port soon. Tamnar Power Project, Railway line doubling and four lanning of the road are the major projects that will definitely benefit people of the State and it’s economy,’ he said.

He said government was undertaking infrastructure looking at its requirements for the next 25 years. Issues, if any, can be solved through discussions and not though agitations, he said.

Power Minister Nilesh Cabral said,’People of Curchorem never opposed railway line doubling project as they understand the benefits which our state and its people will derive through it.’

People of Curchorem constituency were ready with open arms to welcome the IIT Project, he said and urged the government to consider their demand.

PWD Minister Dipak Pauskar said double tracking of railway line would boost tourism sector of the state. Railways was developing various infrastructure related projects from Castle Rock in Karnataka to Vasco da Gama route which would definitely benefit the local people.

Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, Vinay Tendulkar said people should not fall pray to negative propaganda against infrastructural projects.

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