Work to convert Goa's Aguada Central Jail into a tourist site reaches its last phase

This prison-museum is being developed at an estimated cost of ₹22 crores, under the Centre's 'Swadesh Darshan Scheme'.

Goa's Aguada Fort always finds itself on travellers' list of 'must-visit places' given its Dil Chahta Hai fame and soon, the tourists will have yet another reason to visit this famous point in the coastal state. As per the statement of Goa's Chief Minister, this vacant cell built on the principles of the Portuguese school of architecture will be revamped into a museum by March 2021. Testifying the state's struggle for liberation, this prison-museum is being developed at an estimated cost of ₹22 crores, under the Centre's 'Swadesh Darshan Scheme'.

Goa's All-New Prison Museum to get functional by March this year

Lying vacant since 2015, this iconic fort, standing at Sinquerim village near the Mandovi river in North Goa district is being developed under the authority of Goa Tourism Development Cooperation. Besides being a tourist attraction, the GTDC will also list the prison-museum as a heritage site. The Chief Minister reportedly stated that the conversion process of this 17th Century Portuguese structure is in its last leg, with only 10% of work left.

By March, this historic jail will open for tourists from India and abroad, as a museum that will showcase Goa's freedom struggle. The Chief Minister's statement further elaborated that the new museum will have 2 special cells, which will be dedicated to freedom fighters T Cunha and Ram Manohar Lohia who were jailed here during the Portuguese rule in the state. These lock-ups will stand as star-highlights for the tourists here.

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In a first for India, Mumbai's Coastal Road project to be supported by monopile technology!

This is the first time when monopile technology is being used in India.

The construction work of Mumbai's Coastal Road project is going on in full swing, although the city still lies shrouded under the gloom of the raging pandemic. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has also deployed monopile technology for the project, that connects south Mumbai to the western suburbs. Breaking the usual trend of using group pile technology while making any bridge on a sea or river, this is the first time when monopile technology is being used in India.

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COVID cases in Indore exceed beyond ​the 1500-mark on Tuesday for over 3 weeks in a row!

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The rising scale of COVID-19 infections continues to cast the horrors of the pandemic in Indore, with the addition of 1,805 new cases on Tuesday. Besides adding to the active load, this new surge denotes that the daily spike of the fresh cases in Indore, has surged over the 15,000-mark for over 3 weeks. Meanwhile, the dip in the recovery rate further intensifies the pandemic crisis in the district.

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