Three major projects, along the Dayanand Bandodkar promenade, within a radius of approximately 1.5 kms are likely to change the face of the capital city of Goa within the next one year, according to government sources.
The three projects totalling Rs 50 crore include the mega cruise boat jetty below Mandovi Bridge, the multi-level car park project opposite the cruise boat jetty and the new jetty of the Captain of Ports.
While work on the multi-car park project has just begun, work on the two jetties is on in full swing with expectations of being commissioned by December 2013.
The Commissioner of the Corporation of the City of Panaji Sanjit Rodrigues said, “All these projects will enhance and upgrade the infrastructure in Panjim.”
The CCP believes that while the State of the art cruise boat jetty will be an attraction for tourists, the multi car level parking project will cater to the tourists and decongest the entry point to Panjim.
Rodrigues who is also the Managing Director of the Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation which is executing the work of the new CoP jetty said, “The jetty was in a very dilapidated condition and the new jetty will have added facilities for yacht mooring and could develop into a mini marina for yachts.”
The tourism ministry is also eager to have the projects completed at the earliest or during the forthcoming season that will add value to Goa’s tourism promotion.
All three projects are likely to cost the government close to Rs 50 crore.
The Tourism department along with the EDC are also planning to have a Patto river front beautification plan, according to tourism officials.
City resident Edwin Rosario while welcoming the facelift that Panjim would get from the mega projects has however voiced concerns over issues such as garbage, traffic management and effective policing.
He said, “It is not enough to stress on infrastructure alone but to de-stress the city for other problems that will escalate with development.”
Rosario also said that the government should ensure that new project construction sites do not cause any inconvenience to regular routine traffic movement as all three are on the major routes to and out of the city.
Gaurish Dhond from Panjim and also associated with the tourism industry said, “The multi level car project will e bring much relief to the city and virtually decongest the city’s entry point.”
He however expressed concern over the growing delay in the construction of the project and insisted that this should be given priority. [H]