A number of projects proposed to be taken up under the Smart City Mission by the Imagine Panaji Smart City Development Ltd (IPSCDL) appear to be nothing short of a pocketful of miracles for the 175-year-old capital city.
Till date, around 10 minor projects have been completed in a year’s time under the Mission. However, the future projects are mainly major ones and aimed towards changing the face of the city located on the banks of River Mandovi.
Altering the world-famous Dona Paula Jetty by undertaking its redevelopment, including creation of a parking space for the vehicles of the countless visitors regularly visiting this touristic spot, is one of the major tasks before the IPSCDL.
The IPSCDL director, Sidharth Kunkalienkar informed ‘The Navhind Times’ that the Dona Paula jetty is currently not only in a dilapidated state, but is also risky for the visitors to visit it.
“The jetty has developed dampness and honeycombing in its sub and super structure, and further, erosion of the sub-structure has taken place with visible damage,” he briefed, pointing out that the casing of the piles has also been corroded.
The jetty would soon be closed down for the public, with the Collector (North Goa) issuing a related notification, after which its redevelopment work will start.
The unplanned hawkers’ zone affecting the aesthetic beauty of the place would be removed, with these hawkers duly rehabilitated.
“Now, we are taking up larger projects under the Mission, which will have impact on the people,” the IPSCDL CEO, Swayandipta Pal Chaudhuri stated, pointing out that the projects under the Mission have been categorised as short-term, mid-term and long-term projects.
Chaudhuri also informed that Development of Multi-level Car Parking and Allied Facilities is a Dona Paula-linked project that would come up near the National Institute of Oceanography Circle, with a capacity to park 700 vehicles, including 400 cars.
“We also intend to construct a120-room starred hotel in its vicinity so that the project becomes sustainable,” he added, maintaining that a restaurant would be a part of this project.
The Restoration of Historic Urban Features in Panaji City is yet another Smart City Project, which proposes to restore many of the heritage structure and monuments in the capital city, thus providing a facelift to them.
A committee of eminent citizens will provide inputs to the IPSCDL as regards this