Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Goa on Sunday on a brief visit to lay foundation for two major projects, ahead of the state assembly elections early next year.
During his three-hour visit to the BJP-ruled state, second visit to the state in two months (after the BRICS summit last month), PM Modi will remotely lay the foundation stone of a greenfield airport at the Mopa plateau and an electronic city in Tuem - both located in North Goa’s Pernem sub-district.
The Mopa airport is Goa’s first civilian airport being developed by GMR Airports and the Tuem Electronic City is expected to host manufacturing units for electronics components, envisaged under the Make in India scheme.
Goa chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Saturday said the prime minister is unlikely to make any election-related announcement in his address to a 10,000-strong crowd after laying the foundation stones from Shama Prasad Mukherjee stadium outside Panaji.
“This is a government function, not an election campaign meeting. So, I don’t expect him to make any election-related announcement,” Parsekar told reporters on Saturday after inspecting the preparations for Sunday’s event, accompanied by defence minister Manohar Parrikar.
Modi will be arriving at the Dabolim airport hours after returning from his three-day Japan visit.
The chief minister said the government had distributed 10,000 invitations for the event, though the demand for the same was higher than that.
“We need a bigger stadium for this kind of events. Our plan is to have an auditorium which can accommodate 15,000 people (in the future),” he said.
The prime minister is scheduled to spend around two hours in Goa before flying to Belgaum in Karnataka and then, to Pune, where he is scheduled to inaugurate a four-day international conference and exhibition on enhancing the sugarcane value chain.