Vasco: The promoter of proposed Quelossim mini India park project Ram Agrawal has said that this project will create over 800 employment opportunities to the local youth and attract over 2,000 tourists, including international and domestic per day, giving a boost to the tourism industry of the state.
Speaking to the pressmen at the proposed project site at Quelossim on Sunday, Agrawal disclosed that he has scrapped the 5-star hotel project which was earlier planned at the site.
“Now, my project will only see replicas of different monuments, temples, churches, mosques, besides other historical and heritage sites, floating on pontoons/platforms, attracting tourists from all over the world. It is not a polluting project,” he said.
He informed that the Captain of Ports has sanctioned floating pontoons/platforms which will cover around 60,000-square metre area at the site. “I have got all the required sanctions,” Agrawal said.
Brushing side allegations of some political leaders and panchayat members, Agrawal said that he is not developing any project in the khazan land, but the proposed mini park will come up on floating pontoons showcasing the ‘Incredible India’, containing monuments, temples, churches, mosques and other historical sites.
He said that the question of NDZ does not arise as there will be no construction activity at the site.
Through the project, Agrawal said that the state government is going to earn a lot of revenue, while the panchayat will earn a minimum of Rs 25 lakh in the form of tax annually.
“The project will give employment opportunities to over 800 youth, preferably locals, while need of over 100 taxis and 20 buses will arise on daily basis to transport visitors,” he said and further maintained that he will going to provide medical sponsorship, education sponsorship and sports sponsorship to the Quelossim panchayat.
Apart from this, over Rs 1 crore purchases of various items including vegetables, milk, fish, besides other necessary material, will be done from the villagers itself, he said. Agrawal disclosed that he is expecting over 2,000 tourists on daily basis to the park project.
He disclosed that he will also make arrangement of a piece of land in order to handle day-to-day garbage as Quelossim panchayat lacks land to treat garbage collected from all wards.
He urged the villagers to support the non-polluting project which, he said, will benefit entire Cortalim constituency and Goa at large.