Panaji : With several parts of Goa facing potable water shortage in early summer, state Agriculture Minister Ravi Naik wants big companies to be invited to build a network of dams in the state to feed the collected water. Can be exported to the arid Gulf region.

Former Chief Minister Naik told reporters late on Wednesday night, “The dams should be built between the hills in Goa. There should be such a dam network across Goa and the water can be used for horticulture as well as agriculture.”

“Water should be sold to big companies, who should be asked to install these dams for export purpose. Send it to Dubai, Send it to Kuwait, Send it everywhere and all over India. They sell us petrol, we should sell them water,” he also said.

The coastal state has seen protests by civil society groups in several parts, including Bardez, Bicholim and Pernem sub-districts, over the past few weeks over the lack of potable water.