Goa gets second allotment of CFA to the tune of Rs. 100 crore under Phase II of Swadesh Darshan

Goa gets second allotment of CFA to the tune of Rs. 100 crore under Phase II of Swadesh Darshan

The Hon’ble Minister for Tourism, Govt. of Goa, Manohar Ajgaonkar has announced the allotment of Rs. 100 crore to Goa by the Union Ministry for Tourism under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme.

The Special Purpose Vehicle  (SPV) formed by the  Department  of Tourism, Govt. of Goa under the Goa Tourism Development  Corporation  (GTDC) made a detailed presentation before  the Central Sanctioning and Monitoring  Committee headed by Secretary Tourism Ms. Rashmi Verma  following which the project was  approved under Phase II  for Coastal Circuit Development in the State.

The Hon’ble Minister for Tourism, Manohar Ajgaonkar said, “Goa has procured funds under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme to the tune of Rs. 100 crore for the development of coastal circuits.  This is the second allotment of Central Financial Assistance within one year. It will give a big boost to our plans of improving tourism infrastructure under coastal circuits both in North and South Goa.  The Swadesh Darshan scheme is envisaged under the Central Financial Assistance (CFA) of the Ministry of Tourism with the aim to fund projects that fall under the gamut of touristic potential due to its history, heritage, cultural importance as well as innovation.  Goa Tourism will continue to work towards conceptualizing new plans and projects and will try and tap   financial assistance schemes for tourism projects in Goa.”

Ajgaonkar said that guidance and support from Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar helped in getting the funds sanctioned and further stated that he will call for a meeting of all tourism stakeholders including sarpanchas of all coastal village panchayats and concerned authorities to identify areas for setting up of toilets, changing rooms and other public utility facilities at various beaches on topmost priority.

The Hon’ble Chairman of Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC),Mr. Nilesh Cabral said, “I have to acknowledge  and  appreciate  the  hard work  put inby the officials  of Goa Tourism Development  Corporation and  the  SPV Cell whose year – long efforts  have  earned us another Rs 100 crore CFA  funding by Goa for tourism.  This is due to the tireless efforts  of  the officials  and engineers  of the  GTDC  and SPV  of the  Corporation. Proposals for developing river circuits, spiritual circuits and heritage and tribal circuits will also be submitted for CFA from the Govt. of India.   We are extremely thankful to the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Goa, Mr. Manohar  Parrikar and Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Tourism, Dr. Mahesh Sharma  and his team of officials, for ensuring that Goa is considered again for CFA under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme.”

While the initial  allotment  of Rs 100 crore  under Phase I for Coastal Circuit Development  is being  utilized  for developing  the coastal belt in North  Goa from  Sinquerim to Keri,  the phase II allotment   of Rs 100 crore  will be utilized for developing the  South Goa  coastline from Panjim to Palolem.

Projects have been  envisaged  all  along the South Goa  coastline,  however some  of the  key coastal areas,  that attract major footfalls, which will get a facelift through the coastal circuit development  plan,  include Dona Paula,  Miramar,  Colva,  Benaulim,  Palolem.  Some of the components include providing basic amenities of toilets, lighting, tourist facilitation centers, CCTVs, GIS systems, beautification etc.

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