Goa Tourism has received Rs 200 crore (Rs 100 crore in the first phase and Rs 100 crore in the second phase) from the Centre under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme for setting up tourism infrastructure in the state. The coastal areas that will get a facelift under the Coastal Circuit Development Plan – Phase 1 include Morjim-Keri, Anjuna-Vagator and Sinquerim-Baga beach stretch. Miramar, Dona Paula, Baina, Colva, Agonda, Palolem, Benaulim, Cavelossim, Mobor and other beaches will be covered under phase 2 of the plan.
Goa’s Tourism Minister in tandem with the Minister for Housing has begun conducting site inspections along the coastal belt in order to implement the scheme.
Augmentation and upgradation of Beaches
Under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme, the Government will undertake projects to make Goa’s beaches more user-friendly and attractive. Facilities like changing rooms, mobile toilets, dustbins, benches, illumination and pavers will be provided at these spots. Also, tourist information centers, CCTV and wi-fi, safety and security and tourism signages will be provided.
Also, the feasibility of providing lifeguard services along these stretches was discussed. “There are watersports activities available at these beaches. We want to see if we can provide lifeguards on these stretches,” Minister for Housing, Jayesh Salgaonkar said.
Provision of seating facilities at the small stretch near the Reis Magos fort was also discussed, Salgaonkar said, adding that soil erosion on these beaches has to be monitored.
Out of the 200 crore budget, 100 crores will be used for augmenting Tourism Infrastructure along the Coastal Circuit of Bardez and Pernem Talukas. The remaining 100 crores will be used for development of the River Circuit, Spiritual Circuit and Heritage and Tribal Circuit.