Development was the buzz word at the Liberation Day celebrations in Goa today with Chief Minister Digambar Kamat setting deadlines for some projects and PWD Minister Churchill Alemao urging people to stand by the government on developmental issues.
After unfurling the national tri-colour to mark the beginning of the Golden Jubilee of Goa’s liberation from Portuguese rule, Chief Minister Digambar Kamat said his government was committed to development and said that the State will achieve 100 per cent literacy and electrification by the time it celebrates the next anniversary of liberation.
Addressing the large crowd at Parade Grounds Campal, he also promised to complete the mining corridor specially meant for trucks carrying ore, within 12 months. Locals particularly from Sanguem and Quepem taluka have been agitating against the dust and noise pollution caused by trucks carrying ore.
Meanwhile addressing the crowd at the function held at Fatorda, Churchill Alemao asserted that while Goa got its political independence it is yet to be become economically liberated. He urged the people to stand by the government and not to get misled by some elements who are opposed to development.
Making a strong pitch in favour of the widening of the National Highways that has met with stiff opposition from the people, Churchill said that Goa will be doomed if they are not widened and warned that chaos and confusion will prevail within six years.
He revealed that the Agassaim-Cortalim bridge is in a precarious condition with experts giving it only another six years span and argued that a signature bridge would be built there when the National Highway No. 17 will be widened besides also getting bridges at Talpona and Galgibaga, which has been a long pending demand.
He said the government and he in particular would never take any steps that would hurt the people. “We do not want development at the cost of people,” he said while urging the large number of students present to ask their parents to support the cause of national highway widening.
Recalling the criticism he faced when as chief minister of Goa he initiated four projects – the Tillari Irrigation project, Konkan Railway project, direct train to Delhi and railway overbridge at Margao – which have today proved to be a boon to Goa, he urged people to trust him.
Meanwhile at a similar function held at Ponda, Home Minister Ravi Naik cautioned people against the nefarious designs of the country’s neighbours who are seeking to ferment trouble in Goa which is a tourist destination.
“In order to develop our state and our people, all Goans have to remain united irrespective of the caste and creed,” he said addressing the crowd gathered at Ponda Sports Ground to witness the Liberation Day celebrations held there.