Posted January 22, 2019
Goa tourism development corporation (GTDC) will shortly write to the Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC) asking it to dredge the Santa Monica jetty and hand it over without further delay.
GTDC, an official said, had handed over parking space of the jetty to GSIDC on the condition that it will hand it over back in a proper state, and that it will clear all debris.
The tourism corporation was unable to use a portion of the jetty owing to the construction of the third Mandovi bridge. Since the bridge has been nearly completed now, a official said, GSIDC should hand it over by removing all concrete debris and also dredge it so that they can put it to immediate use.
GTDC had allotted two berthing spaces to Galaxia Cruise Liner Pvt, at Santa Monica Jetty as decided by the jetty management committee.
However, the allottee was unable to make use of the space as it is occupied by L&T which is constructing the third Mandovi bridge. An official said that the jetty’s development remained on the backburner as a portion of the jetty was used by the bridge contractor for the last two years.
Replying to a question linked to the jetty’s development, chief minister Manohar Parrikar in the last session had informed the assembly that work for its development will be tendered upon completion of the bridge.
An official said that GTDC can develop some tourist centric facilities with minimum investment. In fact, it can also get some funds under the Centre’s Swadesh Darshan scheme instead of looking at private investors.
GTDC’s plan to have a private investor develop and build facilities at Santa Monica jetty was struck down by the government.
The tourism corporation’s properties, the official said, are located in some of the best locations, and it can make handsome profits if smart investments are made.
Source: The Times of India