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Goa lagging behind in tourism infrastructure projects: Messias

Panaji: Stating that Goa is lagging behind in creating the required tourism infrastructure projects, the Travel, and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) on Wednesday said that the opposition from people and inter-departmental issues were delaying the execution of projects.

“Every time a project is suggested they are opposed and stalled by local residents. Hence it becomes very difficult to execute the projects and every time you can’t blame the government,” said TTAG president Savio Messias.

He said that the government departments were also proving to be a ‘hurdle’ as for certain projects like the proposed project linking Panaji to Reis Magos Fort has been held up due to inter-department issues.

“The much awaited ropeway project needs clearance from different departments including Town and Country Planning department, however, till date we don’t know where it has reached,” Messias said adding that the ambitious project of the Goa Tourism Development Corporation’s ‘Duck Tours’ (Amphibious Bus) project is also a distant dream.

He further said that when the plans of certain projects are sent back to government departments for revision they consume a lot of time to complete the formalities and prepare a revised plan.

“There are lot of activities proposed in the Tourism Master Plan, we have suggested a satellite fish market-cum-restaurant wherein fresh fish can be bought and cooked at the same place, and apart from that we have also urged the government to construct pathways near the beach for people to walk along,” the TTAG president said.

He said that these projects require finance and it can be smoothly executed only when the Tourism Master Plan is finalised and approved by the government.  

Messias claimed that at Dudhsagar waterfalls in Mollem, ‘jeep lobby’ is not allowing people to undertake trekking activities.

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