Govt gives go-ahead for Rs 150 cr tourism projects


 The tourism high powered monitoring committee, under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has given its nod to a Panjim cruise jetty, Merces amphitheatre and Margao mini exhibition-convention centre and other tourism and infrastructure projects totalling Rs 50 crore, with a two year completion target. 
The committee set-up to hasten clearances for tourism infrastructure, met last week, where it reviewed and cleared projects which had been pending for want of departmental and financial concurrences. Serving as a single window system, the committee has given top priority for works on five important projects proposed all across the state.
While the first phase of the cruise jetty below the Mandovi bridge has been tendered, the committee has cleared the second phase of the project, the estimated cost of which is around Rs 14 crore. The mega 3,000 capacity amphitheatre proposed at Merces estimated to cost Rs 13 crore also got the green signal. A mini exhibition cum convention centre in Margao, near the district hospital, estimated to cost Rs 8 crore, has also been cleared by the committee. 
Similarly the committee has also approved the coastal development circuit from Colva – Benaulim – Cavelossim. The drawings have been finalised for this project and inputs from coastal MLAs would be sought. This plan would be tendered after it gets CRZ approval. The committee has also okayed the Baga development plan costing Rs 8 crore.
As far as the multi-storeyed car park project near the St Monica Jetty is concerned, the committee has reviewed and approved changes in the design and a sub-committee has been formed to look into minor issues. Likewise, an approval has also been granted for two more additional floors for the tourism plaza at Patto. This would be placed before the TCP for further clearances.
A top official in the tourism ministry said, “With the monitoring committee clearing the projects and sanctioning financial estimates, the projects would be put on track.” He said that directions have been given by the committee that works have to be expedited without compromising on quality and completed at the earliest so as to give tourism and infrastructure a much needed boost. [H]