The current problems being faced due to coastal regulation zone (CRZ) by the state would not have existed if Goans had asked special status from Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru soon after the liberation, Goa Chief Minister Digamber Kamat said on Saturday.
"At that time probably if Goans have to put up certain demands then (India's first Prime Minister) Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru would have agreed to it," Kamat told a gathering of environmentalists and media at Goa university here.
He said that Nehru was in the mood to give whatever Goans wanted at that time.
Goa, erstwhile Portuguese colony liberated in 1961, is currently grappling with the coastal management issues.
"If Goa had to ask for a special status than Panditji even would have given special status for the state of Goa. Unfortunately, we did not think on those lines and that's why we face lots of problem," the chief minister said.