Progress Report for the month of June, 2014

1.     More than 95% construction work of the Information Plaza at Patto-Panaji has been completed. 40% work of Multilevel Car Parking Plaza has been completed, 60% work of upgradation/renovation of Tourism Jetty has been completed & river cruise is being operated in the completed portion of the Jetty. The work of Baga Coastal Circuit development is in process.

2.     Government has administratively approved the work of installation of 20 mtrs. High Mast Light at Gothang-Veling, Mardol, Goa at the confluence of three palakhis.

3.     Government has administratively approved the work of providing Multiple Arm fixtures (3 & 4 arm) at various road junctions of V. P. Marra-Pilerne under Saligao Constituency.

4.     Government has administratively approved the work of replacement/repairs of façade illumination of Shree Lairai  Temple, Sirigao, Goa.

5.     The work of development, deployment, management, and operation of Water Safety Patrol almost throughout the coastline with State of Art facilities in the coastal waters of the State of Goa on turn key basis is in operation through M/s Drishti Special Response Services Private Limited, Donapaula.

6.   Patrolling on the beaches is being carried out by the IRB Police personnel deployed on the beaches of Goa.

7.   With regard to tender floated for providing beach lifeguarding and safety services on the beaches of Goa, M/s Drishti Special Response Services Pvt. Ltd. consortium has been selected as a preferred bidder by the Government for carrying out the said work and accordingly Offer letter for the said work was issued to them which has been accepted by them. Work Order has been drafted and processed for approval of the same.

8.   Beach Cleaning: With regard to tender floated for “Comprehensive Management of Cleanliness on the beaches of Goa”, M/s Bhumika Transport led Consortium and M/s Ram Engineering led Consortium has been selected as a preferred bidder for North Goa and South Goa beaches stretches by the Government. The file submitted for expenditure sanction is yet to be cleared by the Finance Department. 

The file is submitted for further extension of the existing beach cleaning contract for further two months i.e. upto 31/7/2014.

9.   River Princess: On 26/5/2014, the Monitoring Committee meeting was held wherein the following decision were taken by the Committee:

a)   That the contractor should pay the outstanding amount of Rs.4,00,16,030/- alongwith the interest to the Government within 30 days, failing which the amount will be recovered from the Bank Guarantee.

b)  Committee decided to issue delivery challan to the contractor after 2nd April 2014 after verification from GSL as the same was not issued as the Customs, permission had expired on 31/03/2014.

c)   Explanation was sought from M/s Ericson & Richards (Goa), Ship and Marine Surveyors & Ship valuers, Vasco-da-Gama-Goa for submitting false/incorrect report being areputed company.

d)  No payments should be made to M/s New Horizon, Mumbaifor submitting  incorrect report.

e)   As suggested by NIO, Dona Paula the Monitoring Committee agreed to carry out the underwater survey i.e. Bathymetry, Side Scan Sonar, Sub-bottom Profiling, and scuba diving at Candolim after monsoon to ensure that the Contractor has removed whole ship/parts.

f)    This Department issued delivery challan to the contractor M/s Arihant Ship Breakers for 6520.99M.T. as per report submitted by GSL (load cell reading up to 29/05/2014).

g)   The contractor submitted the renewed Bank Guarantee of Rs.10.00 crores valid up to 3rd September 2014.

10.       Inspection of huts, hotels and travel agency and site inspection of shacks is in progress. Issuing of Show Cause Notice to the Government shack allottees for carrying out illegal activities is in progress. Refund of shack fees of unsuccessful shack applicants is in progress.

11.As part of promotion Goa Tourism Development Corporation Ltd. as Special Purpose Vehicle has participated in International Travel Agent Meeting of Lufthansa City Centre at Park Hayatt Hotel.                     

12.The Department has carried out the following trade activities:
Sr. no. Name of the Activity New Registration Renewal
1. Hotels/Guest Houses 01 265
2. Travel Agencies NIL 18
3. Tourist Taxis 28 137
4. Water Sports Boats NIL NIL

13.   A large number of tourists domestic as well as foreign have continued to visit the State during the month of June, 2014.