However, despite agitations, Goa Tourism minister Dilip Parulekar on Saturday decided to go ahead with this unique tourism proposal by giving a nod to fly the first ever plane, from Dabolim airport, to successfully land in River Mandovi at 11.45 AM in the heart of the state.

"We have been opposing this project. Government wants to get this activity at the cost of our livelihood," said Goenchya Ramponkarancho Ekvott President, Agnelo Rodrigues, ahead of the trials in the capital city on Saturday.

Rodrigues said fishermen will commit suicide as a protest act if government does not scrap the proposal.The nine-seater plane took sortie along the river front till Miramar beach and also took off to Chapora river situated around 20 kms away.
Parulekar said fishermen are raising unwarranted issues. "Their livelihood will not be affected. Government is completely aware and concerned about the traditional fishermen.

"The aircraft service would start post monsoon," said Siddharth Verma, Co-founder, MEHAIR.

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