Goa CM opens Calangute beach promenade, toilet facilities

Calangute, Goa, Feb 4, 2014: "Nobody should take the law in their own hands. Atithi Devo Bhavo - our guest is like a god," chief minister Manohar Parrikar said at Calangute on Monday evening during the inaugural function of the Calangute beach promenade.

Parrikar was referring to the recent incidents where some Russian tourists were reportedly intimidated and threatened by tourist taxi operators in Calangute and Morjim. "These actions tarnish the name of Goa and these days, because of the new media, reports of such incidents spread all over the world within no time," he said.

Parrikar also appealed to hotel owners to charge fixed tariffs and not to cheat tourists, urging tour operators to stop transactions in foreign currency. He added that the Goa government is committed to providing "good facilities" all over the coastal tourism belt.

Earlier, he inaugurated the new toilets-cum-changing rooms facility on Calangute beach and the beautification of the Calangute beach promenade. The work has been done at a cost of 1.75 cr. Tourism minister Dilip Parulekar, culture minister Dayanand Narvekar, GTDC chairman Nilesh Cabral, MD Nikhil Desai and others were also present.

Parulekar said that the BJP government, since coming to power nearly two years ago, has undertaken more development works in the tourism industry than what was done in the previous 20 years. "We started with development of infrastructure in Calangute. The promenade and toilets have been inaugurated today, the Baga beautification works are going on. In another year we will have toilets and changing rooms at all beaches," he said, adding, "if we provide more infrastructure, more tourists will come." Michael Lobo said in addition to the promenade and the toilets, a children's park is also being developed at the spot, and there will be an artistic display of the old lifestyle of the ramponkars at the main beach entrance. (Source: TNN)

04-02-2014 | Posted by Admin