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Power of Double Engine


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Sunday was a busy day for Mauvin Godinho – Goa’s Minister for Transport, Industries, Panchayati Raj and Trade and Commerce. The venue was the posh Hotel Grand Hyatt, Bambolim. The centre of attention was Honourable Union Minister Nitin Gadkari who holds the Road, Transport and Highways portfolio in the PM Modi’s cabinet.

Mauvin Godinho called upon Nitin Gadkari at Grand Hyatt where the latter is staying during his personal visit to Goem. Soon after this meeting, Mauvin Godinho took to Twitter to share the outcome of this fruitful meeting with the union minister.

Nitin Gadkari has promised people of Goa as many as 250 E-Buses. He has mooted the idea of developing bus stands into bus ports with direct involvement of central and state government. This will give a shot in the arm to Goa’s image as a tourism centric state. And, last but not the least, a flyover right from Dabolim junction to Verna junction with seven additional junctions to come up soon.

Mauvin Godinho applauded union minister Nitin Gadkari Ji’s love for Goa that is resulting in the development of Goa’s infrastructure to make it a world class tourist destination across the globe.

Now what does it mean for Goa and people of Goa? The climate change and its aftermath like unseasonal rains causing floods and destroying crops is there for all to see. It is incumbent upon each one of us to save our planet and gift the same to the next generations in a good condition.

This is precisely why the onus is on us to reduce our carbon footprints. We are all aware that vehicles that consume Diesel and Petrol do harm to the environment by releasing toxic substances. The time has come to make use of E-Vehicles in a phased manner. The commitment to gift a whopping 250 buses to Goa is a step in the right direction. It shows centre’s firm resolve to fight climate change in a rational and scientific manner.

Another noteworthy style of functioning of the government led by PM Modi is that a lot can happen over a cup of tea of coffee. In other words, a high profile union minister – irrespective of personal or official of visit to Goa – does not hesitate to spend time with his state counterpart to discuss official matters. The motto “Work is Worship” is neither emblazoned nor displayed anywhere. Yet it is internalised. It is drilled into the psyche. The show must go on. No matter what.

Many a times the Opposition parties poke fun at the phrase Double Engine Sarkar to highlight the shortcomings of BJP-led government. Nothing is perfect. Nothing can ever be perfect. Show me one thing that is without flaws – minor or major.

By the same yardstick, the Modi model of Double Engine Sarkar may have its minuses. It does not mean that it is utterly useless. It is working. And, what do we do as long as something is working? We do not fix it, do we? Moral? Please do not fix what is working and not broken. The Double Engine Sarkar is here to stay much to the chagrin of all the naysayers.

May Goa continue its growth trajectory. Viva Goa.

Irfan Gheta
Irfan Gheta
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