As per a report in The Navhind Times, in view of paucity of funds, a team of state tourism authorities led by the Dilip Parulekar, Tourism Minister, Goa and Nilesh Cabral, Chairman, Goa Tourism Development Corporation will meet Mahesh Sharma, Union Tourism Minister to push for Goa’s request for release of funds for 29 projects proposed under coastal circuit and 30 projects proposed under PRASAD scheme so that the tourism related projects could be taken up and completed.
Officials in the state administration told ‘The Navhind Times’ that works on various tourism related projects undertaken by the government including the multi-level car parking, jetty and Baga parking lot have been held up or slowed down for want of funds and other projects have been deferred. With the funds for the development of tourism infrastructure hard to come by, Goa tourism authorities have turned to central government for seeking funds for creation of tourism related infrastructure under the Swadesh Darshan for integrated development of tourist circuits (coastal circuit) scheme and National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Augmentation Drive, spiritual tourism development scheme.
The state government has proposed various works under coastal circuit including creation of beach infrastructure (public conveniences) at 32 beaches, creation of infrastructure for marine, heritage and backwater tourism, safety and security at 66 beach locations, GIS mapping with web integration along 115 km, cruise terminal development etc, in the first phase. The projects proposed in the first phase of coastal circuit are estimated to cost INR 129.95 crore while the 14 works proposed in the second phase would cost INR 99.65 crore. The projects to be undertaken in the second phase are development of tourist circuit in Arambol village, bridge, light and sound fountain at Panaji, development of Monte Hill etc.
Under the spiritual circuit works worth INR 142.65 crore have been proposed under National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Augmentation Drive to beautify and improve the amenities and infrastructure at pilgrimage centres of all faiths.
In the first phase 24 works would be undertaken while in the second phase six works would be undertaken. Among the works proposed under the spiritual circuit in the first phase are developments of facilities at Tapobhumi at Kundaim, development of tourism infrastructure at Ramnathi, Mangueshi, Mardol, Kavlem, Neturlim, Molem, Siridao, Navelim, etc. In the second phase works would be undertaken at Mageshi, Veling and Old Goa among others. The state officials said the proposals with the lists of projects and component details have been submitted to the Union tourism ministry, which has appointed Ernst & Young to do the site visits and complete the detail check of proposals made. This appraisal of the state proposals is expected to be completed soon following which the projects would be approved and funds released.