Multi-crore tourism projects get new locations
The Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology, proposed to be set up by the tourism department at a cost of 12 crore at Farmagudi has been shifted to another site in the same village.
Likewise, the auditorium and convention centre, proposed to be set up at Campal, Panaji, by the tourism department at a cost of 5 crore has also been shifted to another site at Fatorda.
Official sources said that the Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology, which has been approved by the central government, was proposed to be built on land belonging to the tourism department at Farmagudi. The temple authority of Gopal Ganapathi Saunstha and local people raised objections to the project stating that the holiness of the temple would be disturbed due to the cooking of non-vegetarian items.
The government then decided to shift the project to the land belonging to the Goa Engineering College at Farmagudi. Accordingly, land has been transferred to the tourism department by the college. The consultant has prepared fresh drawings as per present site conditions and submitted it to the town and country planning department for approval. Tenders will be floated after approval of the TCP is received and a construction license is obtained from the village panchayat of Bandora.
Sources in the tourism department also said that the auditorium and convention centre will have a conference hall, restaurants, exhibition hall, rooms, banquet hall and terrace garden.
Originally, the project was supposed to be built on land belonging to the Bal Bhavan, Campal, Panaji. The Bal Bhavan authority had also given its NOC. Accordingly, drawings were prepared and submitted to the North Goa planning and development authority (NGPDA) for approval. The NGPDA rejected the proposal citing traffic problems at Campal.
The tourism department has since decided to shift the project to its land at Fatorda. The consultant has also prepared the drawings according to the site conditions and these have been submitted to the South Goa planning and development authority for approval. [TOI]