Saturday, July 13, 2013

GOA NEWS - Floating hotels will harm environment: Goa government

OMG :-) - Its controversy galore for Goas rivers this year by the looks of it .First it was all about the offshore or should i say off river casinos out along the Mandovi river started off by our very own chief minister Mr Parrikar and now it is  a case opposing floating hotels in the Zuari.


In an official statement issued Thursday, July 11, 2013- state Minister for Forests and Environment Alina Saldanha accused the Marmugoa port trust (MPT)  of being “colonial” in its mindset and asked it to stop using Goa’s rivers as its “private fiefdom”. ”It appears that MPT is only interested in revenue generation for itself and is not bothered about the ecological and environmental damage such projects may cause to the state or its people,” Saldanha’s strongly worded statement said, rejecting the project.

About a fortnight ago, MPT chairman P. Mara Pandiyan told reporters that the agency had MPT had received two proposals to set up floating hotels in the Zuari river. In his statement Mr Pandiyan said  ”We have received two proposals to start floating hotels at the Mormugao port. As per the proposal received from some private parties, each floating hotel will roughly house 400 guests,” Pandiyan said. He said that the proposers of the floating hotel projects would be allowed to decide where they want to anchor the floating hotels in the Zuari river.

The entire mandovi river front is now but a vestige of beauty that it once was and now our politicians and babus are going all out to take a swing at the Zuari. I have seen Goa developing over the years and we have unfortunately not given heed to the notion that one of our biggest revenue generators – Tourism will only survive if Goa natural beauty is preserved .