“We can allow those people who have received both doses of the vaccine, but we must also consider how to accommodate those who haven’t taken the vaccine yet,” he told reporters. “A full-fledged restart of tourism activities in the state will take time.”
A full-fledged restart of tourism activities in the state will take time. MoS tourism Shripad Naik said
Naik disclosed that the tender for construction of an Institute of Hotel Management and Catering at Farmagudi has been allotted and that work will begin shortly. He also said work of an Institute of Water Sports, which has continued for several years, will be completed soon.
The Union minister said he would hold a meeting with chief minister Pramod Sawant and finalise the type of projects Goa needs to boost tourism and added that he would cooperate with the state government to improve tourism infrastructure.
Following a reshuffle in the Union cabinet, Naik, who is a five-time MP from North Goa, has got new profiles, including minister of state for tourism and ports, shipping and waterways. For the last seven years, he was minister of state with independent charge of the Ayush ministry and became the country’s first Ayush minister.
While speaking on the coal issue at the Mormugao Port Trust, Naik said the state’s coal-handling capacity has already reduced in the state. “We have to sit with the people and discuss the new technology that can be adopted to reduce pollution. Only if the people agree can the coal-handling capacity be increased,” he said.
The All India Institute of Ayurveda at Dhargal, Pernem, will be completed next year, Naik said. “Within two months, the OPD will be started and by next year, the hospital will be commissioned,” he said while adding that all work pertaining to the Ayush ministry in Goa — which was taken up during his tenure as Ayush minister — would also be completed soon.