Even though Anjuna is reckoned as the popular night party and flea market destination in Goa, the development signs there seem to be very few. While the nearby villages such as Baga and Calangute rose to the higher levels of tourism, Anjuna remained neglected. However, the scene is going to change if the grand project for Anjuna got implemented.
The project named “Anjuna beach side development” that is expected to be on the Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC)’s land measuring 2.36 lakh sq meters in Anjuna is potential enough to change the tourism scenario of Anjuna. As per the state tourism minister, Dilip Parulekar the proposed project needs a lot of investment owing to the fact that it involves setting up of different facilities for luring tourists. He further stated, “Execution of the project will require investment of more than 300 Crore. Though some parties have shown interest in making investment in the project, we want to invite expression of interest.”
Moving ahead with the development plans, the tourism department has roughly sketched the kind of amenities that would be required in the “Anjuna beach side development”. As a part of this project plan, botanical garden, different adventure sports at the Anjuna beach in Goa like rope-challenge, bungee-jumping, flying fox apart from indoor games. It is also planned to earmark the spaces for partying lawn, amphitheatre, go-karting, archery, zorbing, Thai spa cottage, restaurants and hotels.
Besides making the Anjuna beach in Goa attractive, the government is also planning to make the entire village a hot spot for travelers. Parulekar stated that a large amount of money is required to bring such kind of facilities and so the govt. wants the involvement of private parties for investment. A lease agreement will be signed with an ideal party via an expression of interest. The tourism department and GTDC own a large number of properties in Goa, but majority of them are empty for many years. Some of these properties have been now encroached upon.
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