Even as there is a growing angst against the Indian Navy’s move to acquire three islands and a beach in Goa, Chief Minister Digambar Kamat on Wednesday assured the house that the Government will not allow the Navy to have its way.
While asserting that there is no question of handing over the land to the Indian Navy, he said that as far as acquiring land for central government agencies is concerned, the government is conscious and expressed surprise that the Collector moved the file for land acquisition despite his remark that no such move should be undertaken till people’s opinion is garnered.
The Chief Minister also revealed that the Indian Navy is not sensitive to the needs of Goa and said that it was not willing to give up a few acres of land for the expansion of the Dabolim airport and yet expects the government to gift it land.
Revenue Minister Jose Philip D’Souza disclosed that the government is planning to put up a project like an amusement park on the islands that will benefit the people of the State.
These statements came from the ministers while replying to a calling attention motion tabled by Deputy Speaker Mauvin Godinho. Incidentally, earlier in the morning Mauvin Godinho led a morcha protesting against the Navy’s proposal to acquire the islands and the beach.
Participating in the discussion Manohar Parrikar accused the Indian Defence forces of eyeing properties in Goa and pointed out to the Adarsh colony scam that rocked Maharashtra and cost the chief minister his chair to prove that all the defense forces proposals are not above board.