July 25, 2016 6:29:35 pm
Goa’s coastal circuit development project Monday received nod from the Ministry of Tourism, under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme (SDS). The Ministry of Tourism has sanctioned Rs 99.99 crore for the project that aims at developing the coastal stretch at Sinquerim-Baga, Anjuna-Vagator, Morjin-Keri, Aguada Fort and Aguada Jail.
According to the details provided by the state Minister of Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar on Monday at the ongoing Monsoon session, the state has received Rs 20 crore as first installment towards development of tourism infrastructure.
“However work order is yet to be issued,” he said. The above-mentioned coastal circuit areas are quite popular among both domestic and foreign tourists visiting Goa. Besides, Parulekar added that 13 other projects are under consideration by the Central government.
With the object of promoting tourism and developing infrastructure, the SDS scheme, launched in 2014-15, has identified 13 thematic circuits for development including North-East India circuit, Buddhist circuit, Himalayan Circuit, Coastal Circuit, Krishna Circuit, Desert Circuit, Tribal Circuit, Eco Circuit, Wildlife Circuit, Rural Circuit, Spiritual Circuit, Ramayana Circuit and Heritage Circuit.
Of the 25 approved projects across 21 states and Union Territories this month under SDS worth Rs 2048 crore, Goa marginally bagged the highest sanctioned amount (Rs 99.99 crore)) among all the states, a release from the Ministry of Tourism said.
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