Panaji, Jul 7 (PTI) The union tourism ministry has allotted Rs 100 crore to the state under the Swadesh Darshan scheme to augment its tourist infrastructure, Goa Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar informed today. Also Read - Music Lovers! Sunburn Goa 2020 All Set To Return With Proper COVID-19 Safety Protocols, All You Need to Know

“A Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) formed by the Goa government’s department of tourism under the Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) made a presentation before the Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee after which the amount was approved,” Ajgaonkar told reporters today. Also Read - Goa Travel News: Casinos Are Reopening, Here Are The New Rules

The amount was approved under Phase-II for coastal circuit development in the state, the minister said. Also Read - Goa Doesn't Promote 'Sex And Drug Tourism', Says CM Amid Nude Party Row

He said Goa has procured funds under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme to the tune of Rs 100 crore for the development of coastal circuits.

“This is the second allotment of central financial assistance within one year. It will give a big boost to our plans of improving tourism infrastructure under coastal circuits both in North and South Goa,” Ajgaonkar added.

The Swadesh Darshan scheme is envisaged under the central financial assistance (CFA) of the Ministry of Tourism with an aim to fund projects that fall under the gamut of touristic potential due to its history, heritage, cultural importance as well as innovation.

The minister said Goa Tourism will continue to work towards conceptualizing new plans and projects and will try and tap financial assistance schemes for tourism projects in Goa.

GTDC Chairman Nilesh Cabral said “while the initial allotment Rs 100 crore under Phase-I for coastal circuit development is being utilised for developing the coastal belt in North Goa from Sinquerim to Keri, the phase-II allotment of Rs 100 crore will be utilised for developing the South Goa coastline from Panaji to Palolem.”

“Projects have been envisaged all along the South Goa coastline, however some of the key coastal areas, that attract major footfalls, which will get a facelift through the coastal circuit development plan, include Dona Paula, Miramar, Colva, Benaulim, Palolem,” he said.

Cabral said some of the components include providing basic amenities like toilets, lighting, tourist facilitation centres, CCTVs, GIS systems, beautification and others.

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