‘Goa’s infrastructure needs upgradation’

April 15th, 2008 - 7:30 pm ICT by admin  

Mumbai, April 15 (IANS) Lord Mayor of London David Lewis said Tuesday here that India’s tourist hotspot Goa was facing a conflict between its developmental aspirations and ecological preservation. “Goa is undergoing a tumultuous period. The conflict is between the developmental aspirations on one hand and ecological preservation on the other side,” said Lewis.

Addressing a gathering of top-notch business fraternity members here Lewis said: “Goa’s infrastructure needs upgradation and the conflict between the two perspectives is sharpening. These differing stances cannot be reduced to a simplistic clash between development and tradition. It has to be looked at from a wider perspective.”

He added that Goan planners have already sought advice from the Advisory Council of London.

“The main task which our experts are working on is to find out ways to minimise the conflict between development and ecological preservationists,” he said.

We are also trying to find the total amount required for bringing about a change without changing the ecological preserves of the region, he added.

The London Lord Mayor said several financial organisations in Britain have already evinced interest in funding the infrastructure development projects in Goa. “However, the modalities have not been worked out,” he added.

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