Panaji: The centre has allocated Rs 100 crore to Goa to set up Unity Mall, an initiative proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi across the states in the country, Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Som Parkash said on Thursday.
Addressing a press conference in presence of State Tourism Minister Rohan Khaunte, Parkash said that the interest free loan to the tune of Rs 100 crore would be extended to Goa to set up Unity Mall.
The minister said that the Unity Mall is a dynamic retail space which will serve as a comprehensive destination for the visitors to immerse themselves in the essence of Goa. The mall will not only feature “One District One Product” (ODOP) offerings but also showcase an extensive range of local handicrafts, he said.
The minister during his visit to the coastal state also reviewed ODOP in Goa. “ODOP is a very good scheme to showcase a wide range of products. He said that under the ODOP initiative for North Goa district, Cashew nuts have been identified as Product one, while Feni has been designated as Product two.
“In the South Goa district, the positions are reversed, with Feni identified as Product one, and Cashew nuts as Product two. These product identifications serve to highlight the distinct specialties of each district, further reinforcing their unique identities,” he added.
Speaking to reporters, Khaunte said that the Union Government is assisting Goa in many ways. He also assured that the DPR for the Unity Mall is being finalized in a period of one month.