Helipad at Old Goa inaugurated on Monday 20th Sept. 2021 at the hands of Shri G Kishan Reddy, Hon. Union Minister for Tourism, Culture and Development of North Eastern Region of India.The Department of Tourism and Goa Tourism Development Corporation LTD(GTDC) intends to introduce Heli tourism as a new arm for promotion of tourism activities in the state. In order to facilitate the same, Helipad has been constructed under ” Development of Coastal Circuit I in Goa under Swadesh Darshan Scheme of Ministry of Tourism, Govt.of India at Old Goa.
Helipad at Old Goa has been inaugurated on Monday 20th Sept. 2021 at 10.30 am at the hands of Shri G. Kishan Reddy, Hon. Union Minister for Tourism, Culture and Development of North Eastern Region of India and Dr. Pramod Sawant, Hon. Chief Minister of Goa in the distinguished presence of Shri Shripad Naik, Hon. Minister of State for Tourism & Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Shri Manohar Azgaonkar, Hon. Dy. Chief Minister & Tourism Minister, Shri Dayanand Sopte, Hon. MLA and Chairman GTDC, Shri Pandurang Madkaikar, MLA Cumbharjua Constituency,senior officials and Janita Madkaikar, Sarpanch, Village Panchayat Old Goa, board of directors of GTDC and Panchayat Members of Village Panchayat Old Goa.
The Department of Tourism had acquired land at Old Goa admeasuring 35,596 sq mtrs in survey no 28 and 27 which is 3 kms from Old Goa Church and 10 kms from Panaji on the banks of river Mandovi. The said land hs been developed for Helitourism. Regular Heli tours and related activities will be conducted from this site which is expected to promote high end tourism in the state. Under this project VDF flooring for an area of 4550 sqms and compound wall for a length of 490 mtrs for safety purpose has been constructed. Scope of work of Parking facilities for tourists, Reception with Coffee House, Access Tower for security, Parking Bay for Helicopters, Gated compound wall with barbed wire fencing, illumination on periphery of Helipad, Private access Road has been completed at a total cost of rupees 4.9 cr. The site would be handed over to an operations and management partner for which tendering process is underway to select the eligible bidder. Heli tours from the site are expected to begin in December 2021 after all the permissions and approvals are in place.