Selaulim garden to be developed into Botanical garden and hinterland tourism attraction….GTDC  to develop Selaulim Dam property into top hinterland tourism destination…..GTDC Board  clears project,  funds to be tapped under Swadesh Darshan Scheme

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Panjim , Aug 5, 2019: Goa Tourism Development Corporation is all set to develop the Selaulim Dam property as Top hinterland tourism attraction  on line sir famous Mysore Brindavan Gardens which is expected attract tourists to Goa in large numbers.

The unique project was given the green signal at a recently held GTDC board meeting and project consultant, Pune  based,  M/s Fourth Dimension  Architects  Private  Ltd. is in the final stages of designing and planning the components to be set up within the project.

The Hon’ble Minister for Tourism, Mr. Manohar Ajgaonkar said, “The development  of  Selaulim  Dam property will  give a  big boost to hinterland  tourism  in the State of Goa.  Today Goa Tourism  is focusing on  hinterland  tourism as it is opening new opportunities for locals  in and  around those respective  tourist locale.  Selaulim Dam is  very beautiful during the monsoons and  developing  the property downstream   on the same lines as the Brindavan  Gardens will add value and  boost footfalls to  Goa.”

 The Hon’ble Chairman of Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC), Mr. Dayanand Sopte said” I am very happy that the GTDC Board has cleared the project for development of the Selaulim Dam property on the lines of the Brindavan Gardens in Mysore. This project will be developed in coordination between the Goa Tourism Development Corporation,  Goa Forest Development  Corporation  & Water Resources Department. On completion, this locale will attract tourists from far and wide and will also open up employment opportunities for Goans living around the Selaulim Dam located in Sanguem taluka”

The project is estimated to cost Rs. 50 crore and the GTDC  is proposing to tap the funds under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme of the the Union Ministry for Tourism.

Initial project details  unveiled by the GTDC  indicates  that  a  total area  of 42 acres will be developed with close to 10 components to be set up, in addition to maintaining  some  of the existing  infrastructure.

Key attractions  of this project will  include an   amphitheatre having  a capacity for 300 people,   musical  fountains,  bird sanctuary, meditation and  yoga zone,  fruit orchards,  children’s play area,  glass house,  herbal garden, artisans village, nature interpretation center and  e-library.

A butterfly park, nakshatra garden,  medicinal plantations,  rock garden,  rose garden,  spice  garden, tropical garden and   navagraha gardens are planned.   An orchidarium  showcasing  variety of  orchids is proposed.

An adventure zone  will include  archery,  bungee trampoline,  rope challenge,  paint ball, rock climbing,  maze,  rocket ejecter, zorbing and a waterfall.

A nature trail,  giant wheel,  viewing decks,  outdoor restaurant,  information  counter,  rest rooms,  bio-retention pond on the existing water body ,  an entrance plaza and  GFDC  office will be set up therein.

A special buggee track   will also be  set up and  will add attraction  for visiting tourists,  facilitate  mobility  for tourists with special needs and  for  children.

Pathways  within the  new set up  will be designed  having water resource management. This  method  will help to manage rain water and recharge ground water and aquifer.  An STP is also proposed  whose water will be  used for irrigation and  flushing solid water for biogas  production.  The project  is also being designed to generate solar power.

Another attraction proposed is to showcase the Seven  Wonders of Goa  which  will include  some  of the State’s  churches, temples, forts,  heritage monuments etc.

The project proposes to set up special picnic spots  within the property which can  be  used  by tourists,  school children and locals all year round. Special  zones for selfies within the  components is proposed.

Selaulim Dam  is  located    40 kms from Margao in Sanguem  taluka and  is  currently  a huge attraction for tourists  for its picturesque  sights during the monsoons. The project has support from Local MLA Prasad Gaonkar who is keen to develop the area into top tourism destination.

 

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