The Tourism industry of Goa has seen the bad phase due to the drop in the arrivals of foreign tourists into the state. The scenario has started changing since 2014 with the drop in Russian tourists who were the major contributors to the tourism industry in Goa. Despite the drop in business, the Goa Tourism had been putting all their efforts to promote the tourism in the state.
During the past three years, central government failed to provide proper funding to Goa Tourism department due to which few of major developments had remained the standstill for quite some time. But now the scenario seems to be changing and Goa Tourism is expecting some funds under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme. The 100 crore funding will be allotted to GTDC for the following projects, The Spiritual Circuit and Coastal Circuits.
Nilesh Cabral, the chairman of GTDC told the media that, both the projects will be submitted for the approval in this month itself and they are confident of getting the approval for the same. “We will be presenting the first project to the centre in the first week of February and second during at the end of this month,” said Cabral.
Mr. Cabral further said that to avoid any disappointment, this time, they will be submitting the projects with thorough planning. “Earlier we had to return some funds for not completing the projects in the scheduled time, we will make sure this time the mistake is not repeated,” said Cabral. The corporation earlier in the month of October 2014 had submitted the proposal worth Rs. 579 Crore but the tourism ministry turned down the proposal by putting the restrictions under which the maximum allotment of funds for each project will not be allowed to exceed more than 100 crores.
The project coastal circuit involves developments pertaining to the places of importance across the 33 beaches in Goa. According to the sources, under this project, the Goa Tourism will build the toilet blocks at Aguada to Keri besides other facilities. “We have the plans to build total 40 toilet blocks which were earlier taken up under the public-private partnership program but it did not work out and hence we have decided to go ahead with the funds from the centre,” said Cabral.
Although the centre has put forth the strict guidelines this time for the utilization of the funds under which the funds will be used only for the purpose it had been allotted for. “The funds will not be allowed to use for the road developments. But we have brought to the notice of the ministry that the situation is different in Goa compared to the other states. Goa needs the better access to the beaches and it is the priority at the moment,” said Cabral.
The second project of the spiritual circuit will involve the improvement of places of worship. “It will be intended to install the LED lighting on the Churches and Temples in the state,” said Cabral. The third component is River Circuit under which the Construction, development and uplifting of Jetties, Ferry Ramps will be taken up. “This third project will be presented to the tourism ministry in the month of March 2016 under which the maintenance of the Dona Paula jetty will also be taken up,” said Cabral.
The proposed funding will amount into pumping the new life in the sinking tourism industry of Goa. The major developments will be completed under this new funding scheme. GTDC is implementing many promotional and development schemes in the state to promote the tourism. Considering everything goes well the next year tourism in Goa may observe the boom. Let’s wait and watch what the outcome is at the end of the day. If you wish to put across your point of view on this issue, please go ahead and write your comments and suggestions at the end of this news article.
Source: Various Sources