Delhi: The Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Tourism, *Mr. Prahlad Singh Patel* today assured all support from the Central ministry to Goa’s tourism infrastructure projects and has agreed to visit Goa for commissioning the centrally funded tourism projects once completed.
*Mr. Dayanand Sopte, Chairman of Goa Tourism Development Corporation* called on Mr. Patel along with Secretary Tourism, Mr. J. Ashok Kumar, Rajya Sabha MP Mr. Vinay Tendulkar and others in New Delhi today to discuss matters pertaining to *central funding for tourism projects* and *development of Colva beach as an Iconic Tourism Destination*.
Mr. Patel was briefed on various initiatives taken by Goa Tourism and was requested for his support in developing Goa as a World Class Tourism Destination.
Mr. Patel assured all assistance in this direction and has also assured to visit Goa in the near future for inauguration of the Centrally funded tourism projects.
Later in the day, a team of Goa Tourism officials led by Goa Tourism Secretary, Mr. J Ashok Kumar held meetings with Union Tourism Secretary, Govt. of India, Mr. Yogendra Tripathi to discuss and finalize funding for development of Colva beach as an Iconic Tourism Destination. The project is expected to be approved by the Union Tourism Ministry later this year.