Stakeholders delighted with the project
Stakeholders in Goa are delighted with the recent government cabinet decision approving the long-running Entertainment City project in Dhargal. While details of the project have yet to be released into the public domain, the state expects a boom in investment and income.
The Goa Travel and Tourism Association (TTAG), an umbrella organization of travel and tourism stakeholders, welcomed the decision while stressing that the hub is expected to be completed within a limited time frame.
“It would be difficult to comment at this point as the details are not yet known, but it’s a good decision. Goa was always looking for an entertainment park and with a focus on family tourism and the inclusion of water parks etc. it will be a boon to all of us. Goa needs recreational facilities, ”said TTAG President Nilesh Shah.
But against the backdrop of opposition to various government projects, TTAG suggested that people need to be given confidence to move forward with the project. “It’s definitely a challenge. The government must give everyone confidence. At the same time, the people of Goa should take this project favorably as it will not only generate jobs for the local people but also stop the brain drain, ”he added.
The state’s entertainment industry is also excited about the upcoming project that will come true. “There will be a lot of additional attractions for each sector in Goa. Besides tourism, film, television and commercial production companies can also use the hub for filming purposes, ”said one of Goa’s top producers Dilip Borkar.
A similar view was shared by another noted line producer Shiva Naik, adding that the city of entertainment is also an option for tourism. “It benefits all stakeholders. All sectors, from the king to the beggar, benefit from it, ”he said, extending his support to the next Entertainment City.
Asked about opposition to development projects, he insisted that the local population realize that this will increase employment opportunities. “People who want to extract money will oppose it, especially those who are not in power,” he added.