Hotel industry is bleeding in coastal area as they are running on generator for six- seven hours


Raising concern over the power supply issue, the Minister for Waste Management and Calangute MLA Michael Lobo said that “improvement of electricity supply in coastal areas is not happening. Every government gives assurance and nobody is fulfilling it. They have failed to provide to a solution.” He was interacting with the media in Mapusa on Thursday. Lobo said that “last eight days, there has been power interruption for around 40-50 times a day. Hotel industry is bleeding in coastal area as they are running on generator for six- seven hours which is too expensive and it also pollutes the air.” “I am talking about last ten years when I was ZP member for two years and now eight years as an MLA. Our power problem has not been solved, not only in my constituency but also in Anjuna, Mapusa, Siolim and Saligao constituencies. We need to be serious – uninterrupted power supply needs to be made for taking the tourism industry to the next level “said Lobo. He said that the government on one side wants to boost tourism, and attract more tourists but on other hand is not trying to provide power supply and water. And, if things do not happen then in the future we will face a big problem.” “The government has to take loan and complete the sub-station at Saligao, which is estimated to cost Rs 180 crore, which will solve the power problem. Even NABARD is ready to give loan, which can be recovered in five years, so that the electricity supply can be given to the hotel industry,“ he added. “I don’t know why there is a delay. Now, I will go and sit at CM’s office till I don’t get assurance on when the power problem will be resolved,” he added.