Progress Report for the month of April 2015.

Date:
06.05.2015

Government of Goa
Department of Tourism
Paryatan Bhavan
Patto, Panaji-Goa
Ph. 0832 2494200, 2494211           Fax: 0832-2494227

Email: dir-tour.goa@nic.in/ deptgoatourism@gmail.com     Web: www.goatourism.gov.in

Kind Attn: Dr. N. Radhakrishnan                                Fax: 2451243
 
Progress Report for the month of April 2015.

 
1.   The work of the Information Plaza at Patto-Panaji has been completed. 95% work of Multilevel Car Parking Plaza has been completed, 95% work of upgradation/renovation of Tourism Jetty has been completed & river cruise is being operated in the completed portion of the Jetty. 70% work of Baga Coastal Circuit development is completed. The work of Calangute – Candolim Circuit is in progress. 25% work of construction of Institute of Hotel Management & Catering Technology is completed.K.P.M.G. Services Pvt. Ltd. consortiums with Tourism & Leisure, Spain have been appointed for the preparation of Tourism Master Plan & Tourism Policy of Goa and they have started work on it.
 
2.   Government has administratively approved for the work of replacement/repairs of façade illumination of the temple of Shree Devi Sharvani Maharudra Panchayatan Saunsthan, Advalpal, Bicholim – Goa and installation of High Mast Light at Assolda Junction Quepem, Goa.
 
3.   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 Lifesaving Pvt. Ltd, Donapaula.
 
4.   Patrolling on the beaches is being carried out by the IRB Police personnel deployed on the beaches of Goa.
 
5.   Beach Cleaning:Work Order has been issued to M/s Bhumika Transport led Consortium and M/s Ram on the beaches of Goa” for North Goa and South Goa, respectively, w.e.f. 1/9/2014. Engineering led Consortium for carrying out the work of “Comprehensive Management of Cleanliness. An Order is issued to Information Assistants to carry out random inspections of the beach stretches to observe and report the activities being carried out on the entire beach stretches of the state of Goa. 
 
Department has formed two separate Departmental Committee of North and South Zone Office to have random inspections and observe the performance of Beach Cleaning Contractors of the concerned zone.
 
6.   River Princess:
A meeting of the Monitoring Committee meeting under the Chairmanship of Pr. Secretary (Tourism) was held on 09/02/2015, wherein the Director informed all the members that as per the geophysical survey conducted at wreck site of M.V. “River Princess” by NIO, two metallic object was seen on the seabed for which the Monitoring Committee directed M/s Arihant Shipping to remove that object lying in the seabed in the last meeting and accordingly, the contractor informed the Committee members that the two objects/pieces of M.V. “River Princess” indicated by NIO has been salvaged/removed by using technology of Air Balloons and M/s GSL has also acknowledged the same.
 
Thereafter the Committee Members deliberated/discussed in detailed on the presentation done by the contractor and after deliberations the Committee took the following decision:
a)           As per the report submitted by NIO & considering contractors report it is clear that that the seafloor in the wreck area in general, is devoid of any prominent obstacles and wrecks.
 
b)          No navigational hazard will be caused with the widespread layer of metallic pieces below the seabed.
 
c)           As regard to the widespread layer of metallic pieces below the seabed, the Committee mentioned that the matter may be dealt separately.
 
Beach Shacks:Demolished four illegal shacks in Government Property at Dando and Murud on 8/4/15 and also confiscated deck-beds, mattresses and plastic arm chairs. The issuing of deck beds licenses on the beach is in progress.
7.   As part of promotion in domestic market, Goa Tourism Development Corporation Ltd. as Special Purpose Vehicle has participated in Mice Travel Mart and Leisure at the Leela at Mumbai, The Great Indian Travel Bazar at Jaipur, Global Exhibition Services at Prgati Maidan, New – Delhi and also organized Food and Cultural Festival 2015 at Campal, Panaji to attract tourists domestic and foreign.
 
8.     The Department has carried out the following trade activities:
Sr. no. Name of the Activity New Registration Renewal
1. Hotels/Guest Houses 83 200
2. Travel Agencies 09 56
3. Tourist Taxis 203 196
4. Water Sports Boats NIL NIL
 
 
9.   A large number of tourists domestic as well as foreign have         continued to visit the State during the month of April, 2015.
 
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