If everything goes as per Union tourism minister Shripad Naik’s plans, then one may soon see tourists commuting to Goa from Mumbai in a luxury train on the Konkan railway route.
Naik said, “We have decided to start a fast luxury tourist train on the Goa-Mumbai route, the luxury will be on the lines of the ‘Palace on Wheels’ after discussing this with Konkan railway.”
Union tourism joint secretary Anand Kumar said this train will run from Goa to Mumbai and back and will have only one stop in between.
The high-end service is expected to attract the cream of Indian and international tourists, but GTDC does not want to make the train completely inaccessible to the middle class. “We are trying to work out a system to offer the common man a taste of the train’s luxurious hospitality as well,” said a tourism department official.
Goa Gets a Makeover
Naik on Friday met chief minister Manohar Parrikar, state tourism minister Dilip Parulekar, tourism secretary and others and discussed pending projects in the state and plans to revive tourists projects with central funds as under:
Come Clean: Naik said that a foundation stone would be laid for the cruise jetty at Mormugao Port Trust and for the Colva circuit project in June. He added that his focus would be on beach cleaning. “We will rope in private companies for beach cleaning in Goa,” Naik said.
Architecture: Naik also said that the Union government will release grants for the exposition of the sacred relics of St Francis Xavier at Old Goa and for advertisements of exposition, so that a larger number of tourists arrive in Goa for the event.
Beautify: The chief minister said that the state government will propose a new convention centre in the state and a Goa haat at Patto. The state government will also seek funds for beautification of Ribandar causeway.
Dock It: Parrikar said the Union tourism ministry has asked Goa to come up with tourism circuits in the state. Parrikar also said that the new tourism proposal will be submitted to the Centre in June and that there is demand for small marinas in the state. Parrikar said the proposed bridge parallel to the Ribandar causeway can be used as a small marina.
Hospitality: He said that it was decided to proceed with the project of an Indian institute of hotel management and the state government will request the Centre to reserve 50% seats for Goan students.
Source: Times Of India