Panaji: On 29 June the state government is planning for metro rail in Goa to connect north and south Goa under the state’s mobility plan. The NITI Aayog has given the proposal for the transportation sector which is being, carried out with state governments to attain electric mobility and wider renewable energy use.
The two rivers — Mandovi and Zuari — are hurdles; a seamless metro line can still be a possibility. He also said that the government could take a relook at the failed Skybus project. The Konkan railway corporation (KRC) scrapped its over-Rs 100 crore project after it figured out that it would not be financially viable, said sources.
The idea will be put before chief minister Manohar Parrikar, there is need to add some other information before finalizing the draft by the department of transport,
The government is looking at a multi-model connectivity under the mobility plan. Unless there is a complete North-South connects — from Mopa to Karwar — without a break, the metro plan won’t work. It would be ridiculous to expect people to board a metro that stops at Cortalim or Panaji, and compel them to change their mode of transport for their onward journey, some official sources also mention.
The officer further admitted that Goa is yet to make any headway in using energy-efficient modes of transport when some other states have been experimenting with battery-operated or electric vehicles and have made much progress; Goa still has a long way to go.
All states need to submit detailed mobility plan, which will be presented at the global mobility summit in New Delhi on September 7-8. This inauguration will be inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi. Goa is expected to submit its final draft next week.