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Goa seeks funds for upgrading tourism infrastructure

Posted on Dec 20, 07:28PM | IBNS

While Goa receives not less than 26 lakh domestic and international tourists every year, it is now keen on promoting high end tourism with Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar seeking additional funds from the Centre to upgrade tourism infrastructure for attracting luxury tourists.

In a meeting with Union Minister of State for Tourism, K Chiranjeevi in New Delhi on Tuesday, Parulekar expressed his desire to create world class tourism infrastructure.

The Goa minister told a press conference here on Thursday that the state wants to score in attracting high end tourists including foreigners to the state.

"Goa being an important tourist destination, proper infrastructure has to be created on a war footing in order to attract high end tourists to this coastal state," Parulekar told a press conference in Goa on Thursday.

"He (Chiranjeevi) has assured all help and support from the Ministry and also liberal funding for the proposed tourism infrastructure projects to be undertaken by the State Government," he added.

While a fresh proposal for funds for preserving the heritage structures of Goa, beach cleaning is being drafted; Parulekar said the Union Ministry has sanctioned Rs 250 crores for preventing beach erosion.

The Centre was lately briefed about erosion-prone beaches in the state and that over 20 km of the state's 105-km coastline has been badly affected by the erosion over the years.

Some of the popular beaches like Anjuna, Candolim, Harmal, Betalbatim, Kanaguinim, Talpona, Galgibag and among others affected by soil erosion.