Minister unhappy over sorry state of Mayem lake

BICHOLIM: Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar paid a surprise visit to Mayem Lake on Saturday and expressed his displeasure over the “sorry state of the lake and poor infrastructure around the tourist spot.”

The tourism minister later announced that the government would develop state-of-art boating facilities and a Children's Park at the site.

Following reports on the neglect of Mayem Lake, Parulekar along with Deputy Speaker and Mayem MLA Anant Shet visited the lake and was surprised by the condition at the tourist spot.

Authorities have largely neglected the lake and poor infrastructure around the lake has also evoked sharp criticism from tourists and locals alike.

The minister reprimanded the lake manager and demanded an explanation for the shoddy state of affairs at the lake and the resort.

“It is really a sorry state of affairs here at the lake,” admitted Parulekar, while speaking to reporters.

“Many persons, including the MLA, had raised this issue with me and hence, I decided to visit the lake to ascertain the ground realities.”

Parulekar acknowledged that the lake had been totally neglected, but added that it had a good potential to become one of the best tourist sites in North Goa.

“There is very little infrastructure here and some of it is already damaged. I will sort out the issue within the next few days,” said the minister.

“There are boats in the lake, but they need proper maintenance and new boats should be procured. We have plans to developing a water sports facility and a Childern's Park at Mayem Lake and a proposal will soon be floated in this regard," Parulekar added.

Expressing satisfaction with the minister’s assurances, Shet said: “This is just the first step towards development of the lake and the government will look into the matter with immediate effect.” [H]