Perhaps the most ambitious and extravagant part of the master plan, the 'Green and public spaces' segment envisions a number of convention centres, biodiversity parks, tourist attractions and other luxurious projects centered around the riverfront and other water bodies that traverse Panaji.

Minister flayed for berating cop's drug raids

MARGAO: Water resources minister Dayanand Mandrekar's public berating of IPS officer Vijay Singh for his drive against drugs and night parties has evoked harsh protests from people from all walks of life, stating that it was totally uncalled for and the police officer's initiative was beneficial for the state's tourism image.

PANAJI: Tourism department's attempt to compel private shack operators to remove or dismantle their shacks and huts erected on private properties has so far proved futile.

PANAJI: A ruling BJP minister from Goa has courted controversy by accusing an IPS officer of reducing tourist inflow in the state by raiding rave parties in the coastal belt.

'Tourism boosts human trafficking in Goa'

PANAJI: The tourism industry in the state has directly or indirectly contributed to the surge in human trafficking rackets in Goa.

PANAJI: Development and tourism along the coast could soon sound the death knell for Goa's fish reserves, said national institute of oceanography scientist Baban Ingole, addressing a workshop on coastal ecology recently.

PANAJI: Although the central government extended the visa on arrival (VOA) facility to Goa around June this year, the state government has conveyed to the Centre that it will not be able to use the facility until the Airports Authority of India (AAI) at Dabolim has the necessary infrastructure in place.

PANAJI: The government is framing a detailed policy to implement its budget assurance to increase floor area ratio (FAR) by 20 % to four star and five star hotels, chief minister Manohar Parrikar told representatives of the travel and tourism association (TTAG).

PANAJI: The Goa tourism development corporation (GTDC) has decided to build public convenience facilities at 30 beach locations in the state.

Govt to install CCTV cameras at tourist places

PANAJI: The state has not given up its proposal to get beach shack operators to install CCTV cameras in their shacks though it failed to cut much ice during the last tourism season.

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