BICHOLIM: After a long delay, the state government has taken up the demand for development of Mayem Lake as a tourist centre.
Mayem Lake will get a Rs 9 crore facelift, which could attract a large number of foreign and domestic tourists.
Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar and Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar along with Deputy Speaker Anant Shet recently visited Mayem Lake after laying the foundation stone for the new project.
Parsekar announced that water sports facilities will be provided at the lake.
Revealing details of the project, Deputy Speaker Anant Shet said that under the project an area admeasuring 13,333 square metres will be covered.
The facilities for boating with modern techniques, beautification of lake, development of greenery and other facilities will be the main attraction for tourists.
Shet said that parking arrangements for about 110 vehicles including 60 four wheelers, 40 two wheelers, 10 buses will be made available. The entrance of the ticket house will be beautified. Other developments include beautification of garden, landscaping, arrangements to provide food and eatables to students and tourists visiting the Lake.
Shet informed that under the Mayem Lake development project the government has sanctioned a fund for construction of an amphitheatre. Besides special art galleries for pottery works, sculpture, paintings and other art items will be set up. “The Mayem Lake after its proposed development will give a boost to rural tourism and employment to local youth” opined Shet.
Kashinath Mayekar, the president of Mayem Bhu-Vimochan Nagrik Kruti samiti said, “Mayem Lake has been neglected for the past four decades. Repeated demands for its development by Mayem villagers was not taken cognizance by the previous government. It is a matter of hope that the present government has proposed to develop Mayem as tourist centre at the national level. If the assurance given by the state government turns into reality it would be a great blessing to Mayem villagers.”
Shripad Kumbharjuvenkar, a businessman at Mayem said, “The boarding and lodging facilities are pathetic in Mayem and not many tourists prefer to stay near the lake. While developing Mayem Lake the government has to ensure modern facilities for tourists who visit this lake.”