The GTDC has taken up the work of restoration of Aguada fort at Sinquerim that will be converted into a museum, showcasing Goa’s freedom struggle and thereby promoting it as a tourist attraction.
The work, estimated to cost Rs 25 crore and funded by the Ministry of Tourism-New Delhi, is expected to be ready by year-end.
The Aguada fort will be restored with the help of Archeological Survey of India and the work includes restoring the walls, cannons and the chapel dedicated to Our lady of Good Voyage. The spring at the fort, that used to be used by voyagers coming in ships, will also be given a fresh lease of life.
Speaking to media, executive engineer of GTDC Allen Pereira said that the state tourism department has received funds of Rs 25 crore from the central ministry to restore Aguada fort, adding, the work has been entrusted to Bhagkia Construction.
The Minister for Port Michael Lobo told the media that he was concerned that after shifting of the Aguada jail operations to the new facility at Colvale, it would be turned into a hotel, hence, “At that time I had written to the then chief minister Manohar Parrikar requesting to convert it into a museum to showcase the history of Goa.”
He said that freedom fighters’ statues would be installed in the cells in which they were jailed during the freedom struggle and this will help the school children in remembering the history of Goa in a better way and for tourists in knowing the state’s history.
So also the Pinto revolution, which started from Candolim
village, would be depicted and a memorial stone bearing names of all freedom
fighters from Calangute constituency would be
installed, he said.
Lobo said that the jail, which will be converted into a museum, will have one section of the first floor dedicated to ex-chief minister Manohar Parrikar showing his life history from birth to death. There will also be a light show depicting the history of Goa, he said, adding, it will also host musical shows and an art gallery.