“Will Nilesh Cabral have the courage to address an independent gathering of environmentalists, tourism activists, socialists and economists and put forward his facts? Can he pledge that he will withdraw his absurd plan is proven wrong?”
Goa tourism development corporation (GTDC) has urged the locals of Cansaulim, Arossim and Cuelim (CAC) not to be swayed away by anti-government factions with regards to helicopter joyrides and to consider this new tourism initiative as an advantage and boon for the area and surrounding villages.
Responding to criticism from the Cansaulim village action committee (CVAC) and Cansaulim Arossim Cuelim civic consumer forum (CACCCF), the GTDC on Tuesday in a press note, clarified that there is nothing illegal about the helicopter joyrides and the operators (Pawan Hans), is a government of India enterprise.
It has got the required statutory clearances/permissions from the director general of civil aviation (DGCA), Navy, district administration, airport authority and the police to conduct commercial heli-joyride services from its current base in South Goa. The GTDC further pointed out that Pawan Hans has a similar service operating in neighbouring Maharashtra (Mumbai) where the joyrides are a huge success.