BACKGROUND NOTE ON GOA

 

 

Goa covers an area of 3702 square kilometers and comprises two revenue district viz North Goa and South Goa . Boundaries of Goa state are defined in the North Terekhol river which separates it from Maharashtra, in the East and South by Karnataka State and West by Arabian Sea. Goa lies in western coast of India and is 54 kms (by road) away from Mumbai city.

 

 

Goa, for the purpose of revenue administration is divided into district viz. North and south goa with headquarters at panaji and margao respectively. The entire state comprises 11 talukas. For the purpose of implementation of development programmes the State is divided into 12 community development blocks. As per 2001 census, the population of the state is 13,4298.

 

Adminstratively the state is organized into two districts north goa comprising six talukas with a total area of 1736 sq. kms and south goa comprising five talukas with an area of 1966 sq. kilometers. In all there are 383 villages of which 233 are in North goa district and 150 in south goa district. As per the 2001 census, there are 44 towns of which 14 are Municipalities and remaining are census towns.

 

 

A very striking feature of Goa is the harmonious relationship among various religious communities, who have lived together peacefully for generations. Though a late entrant to the planning process, Goa has emerged as one of the most developed states in India and even achieved the ranking of one of the best states in India with regards to investment environment and infrastructure.

 

Goa state infrastructure development corporation was setup by the government of goa as a special purpose vehicle (SPV) for speedy implementation of all the infrastructural projects, envisaged by the Government like Roads, Bridges, Fly-Overs, Bus-Stands, Hospitals, Tourism related Projects, etc., This Corporation help in development of infrastructural facilities all over the state of goa. This corporation also act as a co-ordinating facilities all over the state of goa. This corporation also act as a co-ordinating agency for implementing all the projects.

 

 

Moreover, the government of goa has also setup a special cell called the infrastructure and public private Partnership (PPP) Cell in the Secretariate, Porvorim-Goa. This cell from time to time issues guidelines, etc. based on the guidelines, circulars, etc issued by the Planning Commission, New Delhi. Besides granting preliminary approvals to the various projects submitted to it by the various Departments/Corporations, It also floats EOIs etc. for selection of Consultants for various infrastructural development Projects under PPP Some Prestigious projects being under taken by the PPP cell are 1. Greenfield airport at Mopa 2. International convention centre, 3. Occeanorium 4 marinas etc.

 

Goa being a place of touristic importance, it presents ample opportunities to the private/foreign investors planning to come down to goa. Project like Cruise Terminals, Marinas, Minor Ports etc. will in the long run have major role in boosting the State's economy. Hence there is a huge scope of benefit for the investors.