Develop springs; not consultants, tells Opp

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 08 April 2013 19:03 IST

Is Goa government spending crores of funds on consultants without even giving them proper brief?

This question was raised in the Assembly today by the opposition party as well as the party supporting the BJP-led government.

Congress MLA Vishwajeet Rane as well as Goa Vikas Party MLA Mickky Pacheco raised these questions.

The issue was developing hinterland tourism by reviving dying springs.

Tourism minister Dilip Parulekar said the government is in process of appointing brand consultant to develop hinterland tourism.

However, he could not tell the House, when Vishwajeet asked, what brief has been given to the consultants and what is their scope, before inviting tenders for consultants.

“We have invited tenders for consultants, stating that we intend to develop hinterland tourism along with beach tourism”, said Parulekar.

Mickky also wondered whether crores of rupees spent on consultants are giving any concrete results.

He said the famous Kesarval sprint in his Nuvem constituency has not been put in shape till date

Opposition leader Pratapsing Rane suggested that the gazette notification issued during Portuguese regime in 1932 has listed all springs of Goa.

“Some of these springs have medicinal value and its revival could get lots of tourists like how people visit springs in France today”, said Rane.

Parulekar however admitted that the task is not easy as one such important spring in his own Saligao constituency has been contaminated due to garbage dumps on the hillock.

He also requested all the MLAs to identify and suggest springs for its revival from tourism point of view. 

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Why waste money on consultants when the gazette notification issued during Portuguese regime in 1932 has listed all springs of Goa.

Why the Ministers want to hire consultants for petty things.

- Francisco, Goa | 10 th April 2013 17:10

 

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