Published on : Wednesday, May 18, 2016
The Aguada jail was established in the Portuguese era and was emptied out of inmates on 30th May, 2015. Right after the entire jail shifted to a new jail at Covale, the Goa Tourism Development Corporation has started planning to turn it into a jail museum, exactly like Cellular Jail (Andaman) and Dhagshai Jail (Himachal Pradesh). Since May, the jail has been going through transformation and redecoration in order to make it suitable for the tourists to visit.
The Goa Heritage Action Group (GTAG) and the freedom fighters of Goa’s liberation got associated with GTDC to make people aware of the freedom struggle of the state. This new jail-museum will be paying a tribute to all the men and women who sacrificed their life in order to bring a better future.
It is very creative of the state’s tourism department to give this 17th century Portuguese structure a makeover and turn it into a tourist attraction instead of destroying the state’s heritage structure by abandonment. The jail will be preserving the legacy of the patriots through light & sound show, activity zones, amenity zones, tourist information centres, galleries of pictures and old documents etc. The entire structure will get a few modifications here and there. The condition of temple and the chapel too will have to be improved a little.
Nilesh Cabral, the Chairman of GTDC said, “GTDC has requested the government to make this vacant structure as a tourist spot. The Corporation has started working on a project that will preserve the heritage structure and showcase Goa’s freedom struggle.”
Prajal Sakhardande of GHAG informed, “We have fervently requested the tourism officials to ensure that the heritage of Aguada Jail be well maintained and landmarks within the jail are projected prominently.”
People usually pick Goa either to spend some idle moments in the beaches or to attend wild parties. But Goa offers way more. The state is full of heritage and valour. It most certainly feels good to see that the tourism board is trying to highlight that aspect of Goa too.