Minister for Ports Jayesh Salgaonkar on Monday said that nine new jetties under the Union government’s Sagarmala project have been approved for the state.
Work for constructing the newly-approved jetties located at the banks of the Mandovi and the Zuari will begin soon, he said.
The existing jetties built during the Portuguese regime have been in dilapidated condition, outliving their lifespan. Hence these jetties will be demolished to make way for the new ones.
Detailed project reports and environment impact assessment studies are being conducted by the Captain of Ports.
The government will float tenders for the constructions of the jetties as soon as it receives reports.
“The CoP is working on dredging of rivers. Siltation needs to be removed…. We need cooperation of the government and local stakeholders,” Salgaonkar said while interacting with media persons in Panaji.
Captain of Ports James Braganza said that once the nine jetties are constructed the Portuguese era vafor (ferry) services will be revived, connecting various areas with Panaji.
“The Centre and the state government will contribute 50-50 per cent funds, and the jetties will be constructed in the first phase under the Sagarmala project at an estimated cost of Rs 72 crore,” Braganza explained.
He informed that setting up of four floating jetties in Mandovi and Chapora rivers have also been approved by the Inland Waterways Authority of India.
Earlier in the day, Salgaonkar laid a foundation stone for the construction of a terminal building for the CoP in the city.
“The new building will take into account the needs of trade and allied business partners, which will be housed here… This will add to the revenue of the government,” the minister said. The proposed terminal building, which will comprise the ground floor and three upper floors, will be built at an estimated cost of Rs 25.18 crore.
The proposed building will house the CoP’s office, an indoor restaurant, a kitchen, an amphitheater with a capacity for around 450 people, a stage, green rooms, and an open terrace for outdoor seating and recreation.