PANAJI: A bridge across River Mandovi from Betim to Campal promenade and city riverfront development are some of the major highlights of the city development plan as revealed during the presentation on ‘Holistic design of infrastructure for the capital city’, held at the Secretariat on Wednesday.
The presentation organised by the Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation will be kept open for public suggestions.
The Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar, who attended the presentation along with the city Mayor, Ms Vaidehi Naik and the managing director of the GSIDC, Mr Sanjit Rodrigues, said that Rs 100 crore would be earmarked in the forthcoming budget for the implementation of the comprehensive city development plan. “The development of cities like Ponda, Vasco, Mormugao and Mapusa is also on the anvil, and Rs 50 crore would initially be sanctioned for development of one of these cities,” he added, pointing out that financial planning is underway.
“The government, after receiving suggestions on the presentation, will freeze the same, say in a period of 2 to 3 months,” the Chief Minister informed, maintaining that to begin with, smaller projects would be taken up from April. “The city developmental project could take 2 to 3 years for implementation,” he noted, stating that the presentation on the ‘Holistic design of infrastructure for the capital city’ was a kick-off point and now the people would have to come up with their related suggestions.
Mr Parrikar also said that besides the existing city developmental projects of the government like the new bridge connecting Patto area to Mala, the two major sports infrastructural projects namely an outdoor sports project coming up near Bambolim, and another indoor sports complex being constructed near the Goa Medical College, Bambolim, would form part of the city developmental plan. “The indoor sports complex will have a capacity for 6,000 people and could be also used for conferences,” he observed, mentioning that both the sports projects would be used for the forthcoming Lusofonia Games 2013 as well as the National Games 2014.
The MD of the GSIDC informed that the Traffic Decongestion Plan prepared for the capital city by the Charles Correa Foundation would also find its place in the comprehensive and holistic city developmental plan, after necessary changes and modifications.
Meanwhile, Mr Sandeep Jain, the director of LKS India Pvt Ltd, a firm concerned with the design and detailed engineering as well as project management services, said that the holistic city developmental plan would initially be prepared in layers, and then imparted a comprehensive form. “This sector-wise plan would be ready in next 6 to 8 months,” he added.
Mr Jain also said that the plan, among other things, would streamline traffic in Panaji. “The traffic congestion in the city is observed at nodes and pedestrian intersections, and a multilevel mobility hub is being designed to take care of the city traffic problems,” he maintained, stating that mobility study and zoning study, besides study of city water systems, solid waste management system and so on are being conducted to create the holistic city developmental plan.
Some other salient features include planning litter prevention and waste segregation strategies; transportation strategy plans (Rapid Bus System) with bus stop designs, bus designs and automation; walking and cycling paths including public cycle sharing system; power consumption savings (Green Strategy) including alternative energy solutions; city advertising strategies and revenue models; additional infrastructure creation for the International Film Festival of India; upgradation of area housing urban poor; and St Inez creek development.