Setback for tourism as IPB revokes nod for 17 projects





In a setback for tourism, Goa Investment Promotion and Facilitation Board (Goa-IPB) has decided to withdraw all the in-principle approvals granted to 17 projects including development of passenger ropeway and allied tourism activities from Panaji to Reis Magos by the Goa Tourism Development Corporation as it falls in coastal regulation zone (CRZ) area.

At a meeting of Goa-IPB chaired by the Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday, in-principle approval was also given to seven new projects which include five industrial units and two hospitals with total investment of Rs 122 crore and probable employment for 825.

Following the legal opinion, the board is of the opinion that Section 8 of the Goa Investment Promotion Act, 2014 does not empower it to grant permission in CRZ areas except that of foreshore facilities. Thus, the board has decided to withdraw all in-principle approvals granted earlier and forward those to the state government through the department of Industries, Commerce and Trade for further decision. Accordingly, the government will communicate the decision to the project proponents.

Sources informed that the same yardsticks will be followed for new projects coming under CRZ areas.

The proposals of which the board has decided to withdraw in-principle approval include setting up of luxury hotel consisting of rooms and villas at Carmona-Varca by West Coast Hotels Pvt Ltd; setting up of a high-end eco-friendly five-star hotel at Morjim-Pernem by Chaksu Properties Pvt Ltd; setting up of highly tourism-oriented development of ‘Marina’

project in Zuari river at Sancoale, Mormugao by Yacht Heaven (Goa) Pvt Ltd; development of marina facilities on north bank of Zuari river near Nauxim village by Kargwal Construction Pvt Ltd based in South Mumbai; development of wellness retreat catering centre to high-end tourists at Benaulim by Niraamaya Retreats Benaulim Pvt Ltd based in Bangalore; developing luxury health rejuvenation centre at Varca-Salcete by Total Composites Pvt Ltd based in Kokata-West Bengal; setting up of a four-star hotel at Mandrem-Pernem by Aswem Beach Resorts and Villas Pvt Ltd based in New Delhi; development of 30-room boutique hotel project at Sernabhatim-Salcete by Hermitage Builders Pvt Ltd based in New Delhi; development of luxury hotel at Varca by Acquire Builders Pvt Ltd based in Delhi; setting up of hotel project at Reis Magos by Fermanent Reach Buildtech Pvt Ltd; construction of floating jetty for water sports activity and boat cruise in the Mandovi bay area at Reis Magos by Spark Healthline Pvt Ltd; setting up of 142-room service apartment resort at Bambolim by Adwalpalkar construction and resorts Pvt Ltd; setting up of eco environment recreational floating park/Mini India park at Quelossim by Movaj Enterprises Pvt Ltd; setting up of 192-room hospitality project at Cavelossim by Saint Michael Estates Pvt Ltd; setting up of eco and nature healing spa resort at Reis Magos by Reis Magos Property Developers; development of passenger ropeway and allied tourism activities between Panaji and Reis Magos by Goa Tourism Development Corporation and development of resort hotel project at Agonda–Canacona by Cape Prada Green Pvt Ltd.

Meanwhile, the industrial project proposals which were granted approval by the board includes MVR Automobile Pvt Ltd, Mepra Medicoments Pharma, Attantis Pharmaceuticals, Acostic components, Mar Bront Engineering and two hospital projects which includes Dhavalikar Hospitals at Borda-Margao and Sand Emergency Medical Supplies at Corlim.

The board has rejected six proposals and deferred decision on five proposals seeking more information.