Panjim, Feb 16: The Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri. Laxmikant Parsekar, today laid the foundation stone for development works proposed to be under taken at Mayem Lake. The project is being implemented by the Department of Tourism, Govt. of Goa through the Goa Tourism Development Corporation’s Project Cell.The total project cost is Rs 8.93 crore and proposes to develop an area of 13,333 sq mts at Mayem Lake. The project is proposed to be completed within a year. The project contractor is M/s Bagkiya Constructions Pvt Ltd and project consultant M/s Fourth Dimension Architect Pvt Ltd.
Shri. Parsekar said, “I am extremely happy that the tourism ministry in Goa is taking initiatives for developing tourism in the hinterlands of Goa. Mayem Lake is a favourite tourist spot and loved as a picnic spot for children. We are ensuring that new facilities are put in place so that the area is made more attractive and brings more tourists to Mayem Lake.”
Shri. Parsekar laid the foundation stone for the development works at Mayem Lake in the distinguished presence of Tourism Minister Shri. Dilip Parulekar, Hon’ble Deputy Speaker Shri Anant Shet, Chairman GSIDC Dr. Pramod Sawant, Director of Tourism Shri. Ameya Abhyankar, GTDC MD Shri Nikhil Desai, GTDC BoD Gurudas Shirodkar, Sarpanch VP Mayem Smt. Veena Chodankar and local representative of Mayem Shri Shankar Chodankar.
The development works proposed to be undertaken at Mayem Lake includes improvement of existing infrastructure and addition of new components to the same for attracting tourists.
Following are the components to be added for development of tourism affiliated infrastructure facilities at Mayem such as:
- Development of Approach Road and Parking
Parking area for 57 cars, 40 two wheelers and 10 tourist buses with 12m wide approach road and grand new entrance.
- Entrance Plaza and Ticket Booth
- Development of Internal Pathways, Natural Trail and Lake Parapet
The 3 mtr wide internal pathways providing easy access to all the facilities in the area are provided and gradient slope of 1:15 is maintained throughout the sites. There is a natural trail, where people can feel an experience the lake view and the natural beauty. The existing lake retaining wall and parapet will be strengthened. Picnic spots of different capacity have been proposed with children’s play area with a multiunit, swings, etc.
- Cafeteria and Coffee Deck
The old cafeteria will be replaced with a new one designed to have a large outdoor deck for seating. Capacity would be 44 no. for indoor and 75 no. for outdoor. A Coffee deck is provided below the promenade level near the Lake Front.
- Amphitheatre with a capacity for 120 persons for local audience.
- Potters Hut, Souvenir shop, Pergola and Kiosk
Next to Amphitheatre, a dedicated area for pottery is designed, which is a specialty of Mayem village. Here local artisans can exhibit as well as sell their work. The area for live demo is provided for a look and feel of pottery work. Addition to this there will be many shops, kiosks and a small kitchen for serving fast food.
- Toilet Block
Two toilet blocks are provided for the use of tourists visiting Mayem Lake. Toilet facility for differently-abled people is also being provided for easy access.
- Mirror maze for children recreation
An air- conditioned mirror maze along the pathway will add to a hilarious experience for children and visitors.
Traditional plants have been used for beautification due to their aesthetic qualities.
- Electrical, HVAC & Fire Fighting
A separate 160 KVA substation is provided which will cater all the electrical needs and a 10 KVA UPS as a backup for all computers and networking system is also being provided. Street lighting for pathways and parking lot illumination is also being provided.
Mayem Lake in Goa, is located at a distance of 35 Kms from Panaji. It is situated in Bicholim taluka of North Goa district. Mayem Lake is mainly known for the scenic beauty, leisure activities, as a picnic spot, boating and photography etc. It is a popular spot for children and residents of Bicholim and Sattari Taluka and also visited by tourists visiting Goa.
As part of the plan for development of hinterland areas for the benefit of the locals and to improve their financial condition, which is only possible through an increase in footfalls to the area, and create job opportunities.