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08 June 2012

Panjim: The two ambitious Sky Tower projects proposed by the State’s Tourism ministry across the Goa coast are unlikely to take off since they fall within the proposed CRZ limits. The towers would be around 45 meters high and equivalent to a 15-storey building and have been modelled on the initiatives in Singapore.

Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority is not giving a green signal to these projects due to the above violations.

These towers were proposed at Baga and Colva, but both are grounded for the moment. Apparently the second Sky Tower proposed at Colva, is located in the open area behind Colva Residency.

The sky towers also described as viewing towers for tourists came under the scrutiny of the GCZMA as the same was proposed within the CRZ limits.

The GCZMA officials said that they have not given any approval nor have they cited any specific reason for rejecting the proposals.

According to Tourism Director Swapnil Naik the two towers have been proposed to be constructed as a tourist attraction at an estimated cost of Rs 12 crore.

The proposed towers would have about 3 levels, viewing galleries, restaurants, malls and many tourist attractions. The base would have kiosks and security facilities.

“The PWD proposes to have a water tank in Baga and it is likely that a tank would also be a part of this tower so as to avoid having two ‘towering’ constructions,” said Naik adding that the designs for the sky towers may be subject to a few changes.

Recently, Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar said that such towers were an attraction in Singapore and other international tourist destinations and Goa could also follow suit in having similar projects.

However, highly placed officials in the government say that such towers could pose a security threat and are not practical for Goa.

Likewise, the sky tower projects would also need clearances from the Home and Aviation ministries.