Tourism industry to be consulted for Infra

PTI, PANAJI | 11 April 2012 12:16 IST

The Manohar Parrikar-led state government has decided to take into confidence the tourism industry before finalising the infrastructural plans for the tourist areas through cluster development approach.

State Tourism Director Swapnil Naik told reporters here today that the state government will form a Cluster Development Board, as announced in the state budget, so that the infrastructure in these areas can be fixed only after consulting the stakeholders.

The beach areas would be clustered together depending on their proximity, Naik said adding that the areas of Sinquerim, Candolim, Calangute and Baga would form one cluster, so that their development can be designed under one plan.

A similar cluster approach would be adopted for Morjim-Ashwem, Arambol-Mandrem, Galjibag-Agonda, Colva-Benaulim beaches, he said.

The State Tourism Department will be holding talks with Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar to know the modalities about forming the authority exactly.

Naik said that the authority will have a local MLA, panchayat member, zilla panchayat member, tourism industry representative, government-appointed consultant and officials from various departments, who will sit and decide about the cluster specific development.

The department is also toying up with the idea of Tourism Promotion Board on the lines of the one in Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, Balli, Indonesia and others.

Naik said that the state government is still thinking how to take forward the whole concept so that tourism in the state is shaped in the right direction.

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One of the first tasks of the Tourism Dept,must be to tackle the garbage issue.This has becme a cause of concern for New Tourists and also repeat tourists.Garbage is also a concern,as it is also a known source for many infectious diseases and smells & stench.Many food shops & restaurants and other retail outlets, must be issued a directive, that they must(within a specified area) clean up the garbage littering the front ,or sides & and back of their shops. I understand there are currently issues with disposal.But I still believe containment is better than open littering.

- N.Fernandes, London | 11 th April 2012 14:32

 

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