Tourism activities in the hinterland of Sanguem are in the pipeline, with Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) Chairman Nilesh Cabral and Sanguem MLA Subhash Phaldessai making efforts to start paragliding facilities at the Selaulim Irrigation Project.
In fact, Cabral and Phaldessai went on a test paragliding joyride at an open area in Malkarnem on Tuesday.
Later, Phaldessai accompanied by RFO M Fernandes, assistant engineer Hoswani, a representative of Wingson Sports and others visited the Selaulim Irrigation Project to ascertain the feasibility of promoting paragliding in the locality.
Speaking to Herald, Cabral informed that initially the facilities will be run on a trial basis by the company concerned with assistance and support from GTDC.
“It will be taken up by the GTDC once the project becomes commercially viable. With talks underway with company officials to start with the services at Selaulim Irrigation Project, GTDC will provide assistance to the company to get the clientele through online booking and transportation of clients from the coastal areas by GTDC vehicles,” informed Cabral.
“Moreover, if the paragliding service is found viable than other related services like hot-air balloon rides will also be introduced to attract more tourists in the remote areas,” he said.
A company representative informed that the rates for a paragliding trip will cost about Rs 2,000 and may extend upto Rs 3,500 to Rs 4,000 depending on the duration of the trip.
“Paragliding, if introduced in Sanguem, will allow visitors to get an aerial view of the Selaulim Reservoir which extends upto 40 kms from Selaulim Dam. They will also get a beautiful view of the hills, agricultural plantations and mountains surrounding the Selaulim Irrigation Project,” added the company representative. [H]