PORVORIM: Tourism Minister Rohan Khaunte today informed that phase 2 of Mayem Lake’s development will begin soon.
“Mayem lake development’s 1st phase is complete. 2nd phase will begin soon, which will have a theme park and other facilities. Swadesh Darshan Scheme 2.0 will inculcate this; Mayem will receive maximum support,” said Khaunte.
He further said hinterland tourism will be thrust under the Swadesh Darshan 2.0 initiative and that the state government will create tourism circuits and infrastructure around it.
Khaunte said that the Department of Tourism has issued licenses for Bungee Jumping activities under the Goa Registration of Tourist Trade Act, 1982 in the State of Goa for two operators. However, licenses have not been issued for Fly Dining activities.
“GTDC has approx. 1, 60,000 sq mts area surrounding the lake at Mayem.In Phase I of the project, Department has renovated and developed the surrounding area of the lake and provided facilities like parking, ticket counter, garden, souvenir shops, mirror maze, cafeteria, toilet block, walkway, boating, etc. at the cost of Rs. 16 Cr. in an area of 13,332 sq mts,” he added.
The Minister said that a bungee jumping facility has commenced at Mayem lake, attracting adventure-seeking Tourists. Also, Boating and allied activities will commence post Monsoon season.
“GTDC has approved a proposal to invite tenders from eligible applicants to develop a good hotel, theme park, convention facilities, restaurants etc. on Joint Venture Mode at Mayem and tenders are likely to be floated soon,” he said.
Khaunte said that it is envisaged to develop a hinterland tourism circuit commencing from Porvorim towards Mayem lake, Divar Island, Harvalem, and Tambdi Surla, and a pre-project report has been sent to the Ministry of Tourism for their approval for obtaining funds to the tune of Rs.100 crores.
“Department has planned to develop the large scale infrastructure through the Swadesh Darshan 2.0 which will comprise theme park, wellness facilities, adventure sports, backwaters, hinterland terminus, eco-tourism destination, a spiritual and cultural centre in Bicholim Taluka,” Minister said.