The Goa Transport Minister Mauvin Godinho, accused that the Indian Navy officials were trying to deprive civilians in Goa, from use of land resources in the state.
Speaking to media persons Godinho said that a zoning proposal made by the Indian Navy to deter and regulate real estate development within a 20 km radius of Dabolim airport, as “ridiculous”. He further said that “We cannot allow us to be ruled by the Navy… Just because we salute them, respect them, we worship them literally for protecting the country, it does not mean that they should consider themselves holy cow and totally go against civilian interest”.
The Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has convened a meeting on October 22, with all stakeholders including Indian Navy officials.
Godinho said, if development activity was not allowed within the 20 km radius around the airport, large tracts of land including the prime Dona Paula area near Panaji, would be impacted by the norm.
“There is mounting population everywhere, we do not have land to build houses and they (Navy) want to say you cannot build anything. In what world are they living,” Godinho said. – INPUTS IANS