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STATE EYES SEA ROUTE TO BOOST TOURISM

sea-rout-1The state tourism department has announced an ambitious project, Sea World, to promote tourism in the state. Tourism minister Vijaykumar Gavit said the project, proposed in the Konkan region, would be first-of-its-kind in Asia. An artificial sea representing marine life is proposed to be developed by the state under its ambitious project Sea World. Tourism department sources said the project aims to attract tourists who visit Goa. Replying to a calling attention motion, Tourism Minister Vijaykumar Gavit said that the department has asked for a feasibility report of the Sea World. The report is expected in the next six months and work on the project will start then. The government had first discussed about this project in a cabinet meeting on June 25, 2009. It expects to attract nearly 10 lakh tourists annually. The government has said that the project would come up on a 150- to 200-acre plot at a cost of Rs 150 crore. Gavit said that they would seek funds from the Centre once they receive the techno-economic feasibility report. He announced that if the Centre refuses to sanction funds, then the state would take the project up on public-private partnership basis. Bureau report – NMTV News.

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