Village tourism aims to promote the Goa's rich culture & attract responsible visitors.
Redefining Goa's image beyond its beaches and parties, the state government has decided to boost 'village tourism' and culture development in rural areas. In line with the recently notified Tourist Villages Development Scheme 2021, the state aims to set up new infrastructure here, through village panchayats to shape up an all-new tourism circuit in the coastal state. The move is pegged to develop an independent tourism product that can promote the unique Goan culture and heritage.
New state-of-the-art infrastructure to line up Goan villages
The Goa government has decided to sanction funds up to ₹50 lakh to a host of selected villages to augment development here. As per plans, several state-of-the-art amenities are to be installed here under the banner of the slated scheme.
Among the various infrastructure projects, kiosks for sale of local products, handicrafts will line up Goa villages soon, Multi-utility halls for local fairs and festivals, homestay, WiFi and solar-power streetlights have also been pipelined here, read reports.
Additional financial support, over the designated budgets, will be finalised by the tourism department based on the availability of monetary resources. It may be noted that the tourism department is not authorised to directly transfer or disburse funds to any village panchayat. As per reports, the entire project will be executed under the Goa government's economic revival 'Atmanirbhar Bharat, Swayampoorna Goa' initiative.
Villages to be selected based on their tourism potential
A special selection committee will be instituted to choose villages for the development. This board will consist of the Tourism Secretary, Director of Tourism, MD of Goa Tourism Development Corporation and the Travel and Tourism Association of Goa, along with two experts appointed by the tourism department.
Reportedly, the selection committee will factor in the demographics, socio-economy, availability of natural attractions, before including a village under the scheme. Other potential tourism elements such as heritage sites, arts and crafts along with cuisine, Goan music as well as folk dances will be taken into consideration for the same. It will then allocate budgets, accordingly to flag off the development work.
The tourism department will assess the list of works, appointing the village panchayat to implement the new project. The panchayat bodies will also have to submit an undertaking to take responsibility for the management and maintenance of the developed projects, as well as the cost of all overhead expenditures.
- With inputs from TOI