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Tourism Sector To be Taken Into Confidence For Infrastructural Plans

The state government will take into confidence the tourism industry before finalizing infrastructural plans for tourism-related areas through cluster development approach.

Addressing media persons on Tuesday, Tourism Director Swapnil Naik informed that as announced in the budget, state government will form a Cluster Development Board so that the infrastructure in these areas can be fixed only after consulting the stakeholders.

He further informed that the beach areas would be clustered together depending on their proximity. The areas of Sinquerim, Candolim, Calangute and Baga would form one cluster, so that their development can be designed under one plan.

A similar cluster approach would be adopted for Morjim-Ashwem, Arambol-Mandrem, Galjibag-Agonda, Colva-Benaulim beaches, he added.

The State Tourism Department will be holding talks with Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar to know the modalities about forming the authority exactly. Naik said the authority will comprise of a local MLA, panchayat member, zilla panchayat member, tourism industry representative, government-appointed consultant and officials from various departments, who will sit and decide about the cluster specific development.

The department is also toying up with the idea of Tourism Promotion Board on the lines of the one in Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, Indonesia and others. Naik said that the state government is still thinking how to take forward the whole concept so that tourism in the state is shaped in the right direction.


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