Panaji: The State Ministry for Tourism and Ministry for Archives and Archaeology had identified and proposed the heritage monuments and sites for development and maintenance under Union Government’s ‘Adopt of Heritage’ scheme.
The documents available with Goa News Hub reveals that the State Tourism Minister Manohar Azgaonkar via a letter dated March 29 had communicated to the Union Ministry of Tourism about their necessary co-operation to the ‘noble’ initiative”.
The revelation comes almost a week after Minister for Tourism Manohar Azgaonkar and his colleagues Minister for Archives Vijay Sardessai and Power Minister Pandurang Madkaikar had expressed shock that the State was kept in dark about the same. Even the ruling BJP had claimed that it is not aware about the same.
The Union Ministry had on December 28, 2017 attached a letter to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar with regards to ‘conservation and development of heritage monuments/ sites under Adopt of Heritage: Apni Dharohar, Apni Pehchan’.
“Government of Goa is please to extend necessary co-operation to be noble initiative undertaken by the Ministry for development and maintenance of world-class tourist infrastructure and amenities at the heritage monuments and sites and tourists sites all over the country,” Azgaonkar said in the letter.
“The State Ministry of Tourism in association with the State Ministry of Archives and Archaeology has prepared a list of heritage monuments/sites in the State of Goa, which would be undertaken as a part of said project under Phase II,” Minister added.
It has enclosed list of 17 sites that include series of churches including Basilica Bom Jesus, Aguada Fort and Lighthouse, Morjim beach, Chapora Fort and Cabo-De-Rama fort.