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Inland Ferry Services in Goa inaugurated: Shipping Minister Gadkari calls for an integrated approach for development and environment

Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari inaugurated the Inland ferry services in the port city of Vasco in Goa on March20. Hotels and the airport in Panaji will be connected by waterways and Goa will soon become the cruise destination of the country he said

The Minister said that while addressing the needs of the poor, environment and ecosystem must be given its due priority. To achieve this, all the stakeholders need to make a concerted decision and action. He said, India has about seven thousand five hundred kilometres of seashore which can help the development of the country while giving tourism the much-required boost. Goa owes its emergence as a tourism state due to its coastal belt. The tourism sector has very high potential for Investment and employment generation. 

The Minister said, use of waterways is economical, environmental friendly; and needs better utilization. Mr Gadkari pointed out that tourists traveling through the waterway can save time and money and avoid pollution and ease the road congestion.

He said, the central government has so far provided Rs 15,000 crore for development of roads in Goa. He assured that Goa will receive all the funds required for the development projects under 'Sagarmala'.  
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