Goa will become the “tourism capital” of India CM Sawant

Mumbai, April 22 (PTI) Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said on Friday that his government was developing infrastructure so that the coastal state will become the country’s ‘tourism capital’ in the future and has sought investment in the key sector through the public-private sector. partnership model (PPP).
Speaking at Times Network’s Indian Economic Conclave 2022 here on the topic “How are states driving the Aatmanirbhar agenda?”, he said different aspects of tourism – adventure, medical, cultural and spiritual – are getting a hit. inch.
“We are asking people to invest under the PPP model, public-private partnership. We have activated our PPP cell for those who want to invest in the tourism sector,” said Sawant, who won a second term last month after BJP victory. in Assembly polls in the coastal state.
The government is seeking investment under the PPP, especially in bungee jumping and promoting Goa as a preferred destination for weddings, he said.
Pointing out that Goa, famous for its sandy beaches, shrines, vibrant nightlife and exciting water activities, is trying to attract high-end international and domestic travellers, Sawant said the state has already formulated a new policy tourism under which those wishing to invest under the PPP model will offer ease of doing business and one-stop clearance.
“We are developing infrastructure in such a way that Goa will be the tourist capital of the country,” Sawant said, adding that after the COVID-19 pandemic, the tiny state will be the safest destination for vacationers.
The Chief Minister affirmed that whether it is health, road or tourist infrastructure, they have completed everything in the last eight years.
“I think all that is needed now for the next 50 years, this infrastructure that we have already completed in these eight years,” he said, adding that Goa attracts 15 million annually. of tourists.
The CM said the impact of the ‘dual engine’ development (BJP ruling in the Center and also in the state) was now visible in Goa.
He said the state government is keen on “sustainable” iron ore mining, which was banned following a Supreme Court order a few years ago.
“Certainly, this time in this (new) term (of the BJP government), we start with mining. We have already formed mining companies. We have already formulated a mining discharge policy in a different way. This time , we start with sustainable means,” Sawant said.
The CM said the issue of land allocation for an IIT (Indian Institute of Technology), which has seen turmoil in the past, is now resolved. Within three months, land will be donated for the proposed IIT in Goa, after which work on the project will commence.
“We have already started the National University of Forensic Sciences under the Ministry of Home Affairs in the state of Goa. We are starting an arbitration center (modeled on the one in Singapore). The first international arbitration center that we are starting in Goa,” Sawant said. .
Sawant claimed that Goa was the first state to have provided water connection to every household, achieved 100% electrification and also achieved ‘open defecation’ status.
He said Goa is also the first state to have a marine cluster and the results of its “blue economy” will be seen in the future.
According to the Chief Minister, the next Mopa International Airport in Goa will be inaugurated on August 15, 2022, and the new airfield will also benefit neighboring Maharashtra.
Sawant said the Goa government is in the process of setting up separate electronics and IT manufacturing clusters. PTI KK
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