MAPUSA: Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar along with Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar on Thursday laid foundation stones for various tourism-related works, costing crores of rupees, in Pernem taluka.
Nilesh Cabral, chairman of GTDC, Shashikala Damaji, sarpanch of Agarwada Chopdem panchayat and Vaishali Shirodkar, sarpanch of Mandrem were present among others.
The works include construction of a traffic island, erecting signage, beautification and illumination of stretch from Siolim bridge to Chopdem junction, and construction of parking and other public amenities at Ashvem beach.
Of these works, the major one will be road widening from the main approach road of the Siolim bridge upto Chopdem junction, improvement of the main junction and widening of Chopdem junction-Morjim stretch- a distance of 100 metre, development work from Chopdem junction upto the panchayat.
At Ashvem beach, a parking facility will be developed for around 15 cars and 50 two-wheelers, and also illumination and landscaping-related work will be carried out. As part of the works, the department of tourism will provide separate toilets and changing room blocks for men and women and two shower rooms. Parsekar said that “the government is keen on improving and augmenting tourism-related infrastructure at all tourist locations in the state.” He further said that “at 10 locations changing room and toilet facilities will be provided along the coastal belt.”
Tourism Minister Parulekar said that “the coastal area of Pernem taluka is important as Pernem serves as an entry to the state and we have to provide all facilities required. The government will be using part of the tourism fund package received from central government for development of tourism-related facilities in Pernem.”