MIRAMAR: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant today informed that the National Institute of Watersports campus at Caranzalem will be completed by May.
Sawant, along with officials, held an inspection at the National Institute of Watersports campus at Caranzalem to check on the construction status.
“National Institute of Watersports campus at Caranzalem will be completed by May. The project got delayed due to consultants, COVID and due to delays because of coordination between the centre and GSIDC,” said CM Sawant
He further said GSIDC is contemplating finishing and handover this project by May this year.
“Various shorty term courses are currently conducted at the institute, and soon, BBA, MBA and PhD courses in tourism will begin,” he added.
The National Institute for Water Sports (NIWS) complex at Dona Paula is still incomplete eight years after work began on the project, and now, the complex is set to make a splash for all the wrong reasons as a delay in the project has escalated the cost by Rs 17 crore.
“As the contractor abandoned the work, we had to terminate the contract and had to appoint a new contractor, which caused the delay. Now, an additional Rs 16-17 crore fund is required,” he added.
The Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC) is undertaking the work of constructing the NIWS complex.
The state-of-the-art, iconic campus being built for the Institute at Caranzalem, Near Dona Paula Circle, Panaji, Goa, has all modern training and education facilities, including an Olympic-size dive pool. It is bestowed with the best talents and faculty pool.
Efforts are also being made to expand the facility and cover a wide range of adventure sports, including land-based adventures at Caranzalem, Panjim in Goa.
The Adventure Tourism Guidelines of Govt. of India designated NIWS as an only agency for training, certification and licensing for handling recreational watercraft in India.