Goa’s coastal circuit development project received a nod from the Ministry of Tourism under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme. The Ministry of Tourism has sanctioned Rs. 99.99 crores for the project. The project aims at developing the coastal stretch at Sinquerim-Baga, Anjuna-Vagator, Morjim-Keri, Aguada Fort and Aguada jail in the North.
According to Goa Tourism Minister, Dilip Parulekar, the state has received its first installment of Rs. 20 Crores towards development of tourism infrastructure. Parulekar said ,” The work order is yet to be issued.” The coastal circuit areas mentioned above are quite popular among both domestic and foreign tourists visiting Goa.
There are thirteen other projects which are being considered for development by the Central Government. With the purpose of promoting tourism and developing infrastructure, the SDS scheme which was launched in 2014-2015, has identified North-East India circuit, Buddhist circuit, Himalayan circuit, Coastal circuit, Krishna Circuit, Desert Circuit, Tribal circuit, Eco circuit, Wildlife Circuit, Rural Circuit, Spiritual Circuit, Ramayana Circuit and Heritage Circuit as the thirteen thematic circuits for development.
Goa marginally bagged the highest sanctioned amount among all the states for development. The funds will be allocated in various components for development works that will be undertaken in the first phase along the popular tourist belts.
Some of the projects proposed in Bardez include improvement of infrastructure facilities like parking, illumination and providing handicap-friendly access from the parking lot to the beach at Calangute, beautification of Calangute market circle and taxi stand, construction of a parking lot near the annexe building for buses and two-wheelers near Calangute Residency, illumination of the stretch from Calangute to Baga, construction of parking lot near the beach, a garden on Department of Tourism land at Candolim and development of tourism property at Anjuna.
In Pernem, the project includes providing handicap-friendly access and illumination across the creek at Junaswada beach and Mandrem beach at Pernem, development of Morjim Khind and Ashvem beach.
The project components include providing infrastructure at various coastal areas in the State, like tourist information centers at Calangute, Baga, Anjuna, Morjim and Ashvem, public amenities at 10 beaches (37 blocks), providing CCTV, wi-fi facility, tourism signages, and safety and security measures. A vision of making Aguada Jail a major tourist destination, is also in the plan.
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