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Rs 9.3 crore tender to redevelop Miramar beach scrapped

Rs 9.3 crore tender to redevelop Miramar beach scrapped

08 Nov 2018 No comment 35 hits

PANAJI: The Rs 9.3-crore, World Bank-funded tender to redevelop Miramar beach has run into rough weather. The tender has been scrapped after the state authorities found that the Society of Integrated Coastal Management (SICOM) project was not in sync with the capital city’s vision.
Senior government officials said SICOM, which is executing the World Bank-funded project, will rework the tender based on discussions with Goa Beach Management Committee and the Imagine Panaji Smart City Development Ltd (IPSCDL).

“The earlier SICOM tender has been withdrawn and will be retendered with revised projects,” a senior government source said.

SICOM had earlier envisaged installation of a solar energy plant on Miramar Beach, a jogging track and outdoor fitness equipment, public toilets and changing rooms, waste treatment plants, security and surveillance services, including CCTV cameras and thatched sit-outs for tourists.

“SICOM has appointed a consultant, but there is no clear plan for the beach,” an official, who was part of the deliberations at the state level, said. The official added the proposed solar energy plan and installation of CCTV cameras had been dropped. “A solar plant is not practical. We don’t want anything of that nature on the beach,” the official said.

Another official said the Goa Beach Management Committee also felt the scope of the project clashed with ethos of the city. Under the Smart City Mission, IPSCDL wants to ensure barrier-free access to the beach. There is an immediate need for protection of the sand dunes too, an IPSCDL official said.

Miramar beach has been nominated by the state for Blue Flag certification.

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