Hinterland property at Selaulim set for facelift Project
- Project has been tendered and should be completed within a year
- Mega tourism facilities to facilitate eco-tourism and wellness tourism
Panjim, May 27, 2015: Goa Tourism Development Corporation’s plan to construct a premium wellness resort at its hinterland property near Selaulim Dam is taking huge strides. After completing all tendering procedures, the GTDC has entered into an agreement with M/s Anantara Alpha Hospitality Pvt. Ltd. to design, develop, upgrade, finance, manage, market, operate and maintain its property and project facilities in the GTDC property near Selaulm Dam located in Xelpem village of Sanguem Taluka.
This project will consist of retaining and renovating the existing five villas of the GTDC at Selaulim which would contain 60 rooms. The plan includes development of the area into a nature retreat and eco-tourism destination. This will include landscaping of the area, a rock garden, children’s play area, civic amenities for tourists like restrooms, changing rooms.
In addition some of the other attractions will include a Spa, Yoga destination, temporary display structure for handicrafts and allied items. Similarly there will also be a nature education and interpretation centre, high-end restaurant with entertainment, entertainment zones, lawns, tree plantation and parking facilities. The proposal had been approved by the GTDC Board last year. The project is estimated to cost Rs. 20 crores.
Mr. Nilesh Cabral, Chairman, GTDC, said, “We want to promote tourism in the hinterlands by offering tourists an incredible eco-experience. This project will give a facelift to GTDC’s property at Selaulim and also provide employment opportunities for the locals.”
The total area earmarked for this project is 13,000 square meters. The built-up area for the property will be 4,000 square meters. The existing block will be re-constructed to give a total of 60 rooms.
Mr Sanjay Chodnekar, GTDC’s General Manager (Hotels) said, “The premium wellness retreat project will be set amidst a panoramic surroundings and will offer authentic ayurveda and wellness programs. The resort will be eco-sensitive and will offer a green experience thereby promoting hinterland tourism.”
The entire project will be overlooking the beautiful Selaulim lake. There will be eco-friendly adventure activities like non-motorized boat rides, horse-riding, elephant bathing/ feeding. This will also serve as a base to organize camps to Netravalli and Mollem wildlife sanctuary.