Goa minister restates his opposition regarding Fort Aguada to be handed over to a private party

 Tuesday, December 21, 2021 


Minister for ports and Calangute MLA Michael Lobo has restated his opposition regarding the handing over of the restored former central jail premises at Fort Aguada to a private party, saying that there is corruption in the proposal.

Lobo said that the Goa state government has received a proposal from a private party to function and manage the Fort Aguada jail complex which has been revampedas a museum dedicated to Goa’s freedom struggle. It also has galleries, performance areas and a cafe.

“The private party has offered to pay Rs 1.2 crore per year. I’m saying there is corruption in the proposal because the government can earn Rs 1 crore per month by way of entry charges,” Lobo said. “When this proposal came up in a cabinet meeting, I said I’m opposed to it, and the chief minister had also agreed that the fort jail complex should not be given to a private party,” he added.

Lobo said that the complex should be given to the Goa Tourism Development Corporation, which can manage all activities there.

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