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Ashvem-Chopdem beautification project foundation stone laid by Hon’ble CM Laxmikant Parsekar

Hon'ble Chief  Minister Mr. Laxmikant Parsekar  laying the foundation stone for tourism  infrastructure development  works at Chopdem in the distinguished  presence of Hon'ble  Minister for Tourism, Mr. Dilip Parulekar.
Hon'ble Chief Minister Mr. Laxmikant Parsekar laying the foundation stone for tourism infrastructure development works at Chopdem in the distinguished presence of Hon'ble Minister for Tourism, Mr. Dilip Parulekar.

Hon’ble Chief Minister of Goa, Mr. Laxmikant Parsekar today laid the foundation stone for works on improving tourism spots in Pernem taluka. The works  include  construction of  a traffic island, signages, beautification and illumination  from Siolim bridge to Chopdem Junction, and construction of parking and  public amenities  at Ashwen beach.

[su_expand more_text=”READ MORE” less_text=” ” height=”0″ hide_less=”yes” link_style=”button” link_align=”center”] According to project details, the road extending from Siolim Bridge which leads to the famous beaches of Morjim, Ashwem, Harmal and Keri are very narrow and poses a danger to commuting tourists. The project entails providing proper illumination, footpaths, signages and other facilities which are required for proper connectivity and safety.

The tourism department through this beautification project, plans to develop the said road junction and provide amenities such as footpaths on either side of the road of around 2 meters, improvement to geometrics and widening of the road to 8.5 meters, illumination of the road and footpath, providing road signages, providing a traffic island and enhancing the outlook and beauty of the place.

The works are proposed to be undertaken from the main approach road to the Siolim Bridge up to the Chopdem junction of a length of 600 meters,   improvement of the main  junction and that  from Chopdem junction towards Morjim of a distance of 100 meters, development  works  from Chopdem junction up to the Village Panchayat of a distance of 100 meters.

This work has been approved by the state government and awarded to M/s Bagkiya Constructions Pvt. Ltd. at an estimated cost of Rs 5 crore.

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The second part of the project includes construction of parking and public amenities at Ashwem beach.  This beach is famous and frequented by foreign and domestic tourists.

Following keen interest was shown by Hon’ble Chief Minister Mr. Parsekar in developing Ashwem beach, the tourism department has taken up the major task of providing the requisite facilities spread over an area of 1,442 sqm.

Under this scheme, it is proposed to provide separate toilets and changing room blocks for men and   women and 2 shower rooms,   development of the area for parking  around  15 cars and 50 two wheelers,  illumination and landscaping  and a security cabin. The work has been awarded to M/s South East Constructions Pvt. Ltd. at an estimated cost of Rs 95 lakh.

Hon’ble Chief Minister Mr. Parsekar said, “The State government is keen  on improving  and augmenting tourism related infrastructure at all tourism locations  in the State. Facilities like parking, better illumination and beautification of the area, construction of toilets and changing rooms, proper accesses and so on will be given top priority. All this will go  a long  way in catering to  the requirements  as Goa is  a leading tourism destination and is witnessing a surge in  tourist arrivals  to the State.”

The Hon’ble  Minister for Tourism, Mr. Dilip Parulekar,  Hon’ble MLA & Chairman of GTDC, Mr. Nilesh  Cabral,  Sarpanch  V.P. Agarwada Chopdem , Smt. Shashikala  Damaji,  Sarpanch V.P. Mandrem, Smt. Vaishali  V. Shirodkar and  officials from  Goa Tourism  and Goa Tourism Development  Corporation were present on the occasion.

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