State Affairs

Goa to get Rs 550 cr for tourism projects

PANAJI

A team of officials of the Union ministry of tourism on its two-day visit to the state, inspected various sites where Goa tourism’s infrastructure projects are either under way or almost completed.

The visit assumes importance as the tourism department has submitted an infrastructure project proposal worth 550 crore to the Centre, reports The Times of India.

Tourism minister Dilip Parulekar said the state government expects 100 crore will be released by the middle of next month which will be utilized for development of tourism circuits. Union tourism secretary Vinod Zutshi and joint secretary Suman Billa along with Parulekar, tourism director Ameya Abhyankar, Goa tourism development corporation (GTDC) managing director Nikhil Desai and other officials of the tourism department, conducted an inspection of the tourism projects.

Parulekar said the team, during its two-day site inspection, visited the Saligao, Calangute-Baga stretch which are developed as part of tourism circuits, and in Panaji, two projects – Santa Monica jetty, and multi-level car parking that have almost been completed. While the multi-level car parking facility will be commissioned on December 19, phase – II of the jetty that involves a building terminal will be taken up once a 6.5 crore project submitted to the ministry is approved, he said.

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