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Ropeway project in safe hands: GTDC

PANJIM: Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) has rebutted claims by industry stakeholders that the proposed ropeway service is not in safe hands.

The GTDC has also reiterated there is no financial obligation from the government involving any tax payer money for the project, reports Herald.

In a statement issued on Saturday, GTDC pointed out that Menus Adventures Pvt Ltd is one of the largest Adventure Tourism companies in India.

“Menus Adventures has more than a decade’s experience in installation and maintenance of all types of imported ropeway systems in India. The company has a rich track record of designing, installing, operating and professionally maintaining one of the prominent ropeway projects in India adhering to CEN (European Committee for Standardization) standards,” it said.

The statement adds that the company is sole distributor in India for ‘Beijing Goodyou Ropeway Engineering Co Ltd’, the largest ropeway manufacturer in China, and has done over 200 installations worldwide.

GTDC says Menus had partnered with Doppelmayr Garaventa group, Austria for technology support, however, it clarifies that Doppelmayr is not part of the consortium but the company is a technology provider of Menus/Royal Rides.

Reacting to opposition against the government settling for a mere five percent of the annual gross turnover and not having charged a fixed lease rental, GTDC and Menus Adventures pointed out that the route for the project is between Campal-Panjim (5200 sq m land belonging to Department of Tourism) and Reis Magos (8000 sq m land belonging to Comunidade of Nerul).

“Both land parcels were acquired by the department,” they said.

The statement adds that GTDC is entering into a long term lease agreement with Nerul comunidade for development of ropeway project for 99 years. “GTDC will collect the necessary lease rentals from the concessionaire and in turn will pay it to the comunidade.

The arrangement will continue for the next 99 years irrespective of the term of the concessionaire. Hence, there is no financial obligation from the government involving any tax payer money for the project,” the statement reads.

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