Large-scale projects and jobs for whom?

Dec. 27 2021 | 5:37 AM HIST

Large-scale projects and jobs for whom?

Wesley Edward Pereira

In the terms of reference of the Mopa Airport tender document (September 2010) to prepare the project master plan and the preliminary project report, it is clearly stated that Belgaum, Hubli, Karwar and Dharwad are in Goa. It is further mentioned in the terms of reference of the September 2010 application document that the location of Mopa is suitable for the large-scale project Goa wishes to launch for the benefit of cities such as Sangli, Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri and Kolhapur in Maharashtra. It is proposed that Mopa airport be developed in four phases.

In 2012, the Mopa Airport Hypothetical Master Plan Draft and Goa-2035 Hypothetical Vision Document were prepared, without defining the Goa metropolitan area in terms of human population and land use plans showing transport connectivity.

Mopa Airport is required to promote massive commercial development projects in the small rural-urban state of Goa and these projects are linked to the land use plans of unsustainable hidden multimodal transport (air, road, rail / metro , national waterways and piers).

14 Coastal Economic Zones (CEZs) have been identified along India’s coastline in accordance with the National Perspective Plan report dated April 2016 from the Sagarmala Project. Each of these CEZs is mapped to neighboring ports. The State of Goa is included in the Coastal Economic Zone (CEZ) of South Konkan-Maharashtra under the Sagarmala project.

The Bharatmala Pariyojna is attempting to notify existing national roads in Goa as economic corridors with massive road right-of-way. The new 8-lane Zuari Bridge and the New Mandovi Bridge connected to the NH-17 National Highway (Patradevi to Polem) and NH-4A National Highway (Molem to Panjim) are part of Goa’s immense economic corridors. Economic corridors must be connected to inter-corridors and feeder roads for the success of the project.

In investment documents and other policies of the State of Goa, neither a Goa nor a person of Goa descent is defined. The Goa Bhumiputra Adhikarini (GBA) 2021 bill is linked to the process of converting the small rural-urban state of Goa into a metropolitan logistics hub for the promotion of urban townships through 30-year Hidden City development plans, to meet the demands of the second / multiple home tourists, organized so called homeless migrant beggars and for the massive influx of migrant workers. The so-called Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) formed by contractor Mopa Airport Build Operate Transfer (BOT) is not an independent institutional authority. Therefore, this so-called SPV cannot play the role of special planning authority similar to that played by independent special planning authority mandated CIDCO on the Navi Mumbai Greenfield international airport project.

Goa is too small to implement unsustainable master plans for creating multimodal logistics hubs with urban townships.

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