Progress Report for the month of August, 2015.

Date:
13.10.2015

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 August, 2015.
 
1.   The work of Calangute – Candolim Circuit is in progress. 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. 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 submitted Module I report for ratification.
 
2.   Government has administratively approved & financially sanctioned for the work of repairing of illumination provided to Shree Devi Lairai Temple, Shirgao – Bicholim.
 
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 Engineering and Construction Company led consortium 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. i) Orders are issued to a batch of eight Information Assistantsof this Departmentto carry out weekly inspections of the beach stretches assigned to them from time to time.ii) Order is issued to all the Assistant Tourist Officers of the Department, to carry out weekly beach inspections. iii) Order is issued to Asstt. Directors to carry out beach inspections fortnightly.iv) Intensive daily inspections of beach stretches of North & South Goa are being carried out by the Officials vis-à-vis Information Assistant and Supervisor of this Department.
 
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.
In order to ensure successful cleanliness of beach stretches of Goa a Whatsapp Group has been created by the beach cleaning contractors for immediate redressel of complaints if any. Two separate Departmental committees are constituted to ensure complaints registered on the whatsapp are acted upon by the beach cleaning contractors positively within 12 hours.
 
6.   River Princess:
In the meeting of the Monitoring Committee held on 15/06/2015 & 16/06/2015; the Director, NIO suggested to the Committee to go for the third party monitoring/investigation of the area with regard to high magnetic anomaly and that NIO would suggest a third party agency as the India Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai, & National Institute of Hydrography (NIH), Vasco expressed their inability to carry out the study regarding high magnetic anomaly detected by the latest report of the NIO.
On 3/08/2015 a letter is received  from Under Secretary(Revenue – II)  informing that a request letter was forwarded to Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad (ISM) along with the reports of National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) and M/s Arihant Ship Breakers for their expert opinion and in response to the letter a mail is received from Dr. Sanjit Kumar Pal, Asst. Professor Indian School of Mines, regarding consultancy charges amounting to `2lakhs to be deposited before tendering their expert opinion. 
Therefore, requested this office to issue necessary payment to ISM Dhanbad for their expert opinion subject to reclaim from the contractor, under intimation to their department.
Approval from the Government to make the payment to Indian School of Mines is awaited.
7.   Beach Shacks:Work of renewal of Beach Shack licencses for the year 2015-16 has been commenced from 17/08/2015. Till date 13 nos. applications has been received and Shack fees Rs.7,68,000/- & service tax for Rs.1,07,600/- has been collected till date. Refund of security deposit towards Shack license and deck-beds for the year 2012-13 is in process. As per order, Beach Cleaning Inspections of South Goa Beaches has been carried out daily.
 
8.     As part of promotion in domestic market, Goa Tourism Development Corporation Ltd. as Special Purpose Vehicle has participated in TTF – Kolkata and ITM – Amritsar.
 
 
9.     The Department has carried out the following trade activities:
Sr. no. Name of the Activity New Registration Renewal
1. Hotels/Guest Houses 03 179
2. Travel Agencies 03 19
3. Tourist Taxis 100 289
4. Water Sports Boats NIL NIL
 
 
 
 




10.       A large number of tourists domestic as well as foreign have             continued to visit the State during the month of August, 2015.
 
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