Inland Ferry Services Inaugurated In Goa
Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Shri Nitin Gadkari inaugurated the inland ferry services in the port city of Vasco in Goa.
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 use of waterways is economical, environmental friendly; and needs better utilization and pointed out that tourists travelling 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 and assured that Goa will receive all the funds required for the development projects under 'Sagarmala'. Shri Gadkari suggested that the hotels and airports in Goa can be connected with waterways and that Goa could become a 'Cruise destination' in the future, which shall generate huge employment.