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 on March 20. Union Minister of River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation. Use of waterways is economical, environmental friendly; and needs better utilization. Shri Gadkari pointed out that tourists traveling through the waterway can save time and money and avoid pollution and ease the road congestion.
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.
Shri Gadkari suggested that the hotels and airports in Goa can be connected with waterways. He said that Goa could become a ‘Cruise destination’ in the future, which shall generate huge employment.
Union Minister of State for AYUSH (Independent Charge) Shripad Naik, South Goa MP Narendra Sawaikar, Rajya Sabha MP Vinay Tendulkar, Urban Development Minister, Goa state, Francis D’Souza, Chairman of Murgaon Port Trust, Jeyakumar were also present on the occasion.