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
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'.