Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday emphasized on making Goa the first ever beggar-free state. Parrikar in his budget speech in the Goa Assembly said that for a state with a high per capita income, it is certain to see a rapid increase in the number of beggars. Laying the state’s importance as one of the most favoured tourist destinations, Parrikar also announced the allotment of Rs. 150 crore for improving public transport.
He said the Dabolim Airport will be upgraded on a time to time basis even after the Greenfield Mopa International Airport is completed. For the development of the infra sector, he allocated Rs. 500 crore for Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd. in addition to four railway over-bridges, which will be built with financial support from the Rail Ministry.
He also proposed to restrict Goa State Infrastructure development corporation to niche projects along with allocation of Rs. 550 crore to make Panaji a smart city.