The Water Resources Department apart from supplying raw water for irrigation has also
augmented raw water supply to the PWD. Assonora Water Works has been augmented with a 25
MLD raw water from Chapora river at Sal and 10 MLD from Amthane tank.
All schemes under the State Industrial Policy as well as the State Biotech Policy will
continue to be in force and are to be popularized further. To provide encouragement to artisans
of Goan handicrafts, it is proposed to develop Goa Haat-cum-shilpagram, new emporia in Goa
and outside Goa and develop eportal for the sale of handicraft items across the globe.
Roads: Of the motorable roads, national highway constitutes 264 km, state highways 279.4 km
and other roads MDR/RR/4501.18 km.
Railways: Goa is linked with Mumbai, Mangalore and Thiruvananthapuram through the Konkan
Railway, which has introduced several fast trains on these lines. Vasco da Gama is connected
with Bengaluru and Belgaum on the South Central Railway, presently for goods traffic only.
Aviation: Mumbai, Delhi, Thiruvananthapuram, Cochin, Chennai, Agati and Bengaluru are
linked with Dabolim through regular airline services.
Ports: Mormugao is the major port in the state which handles cargo vessels. Minor ports are
located at Panaji, Tiracol, Chapora, Betul and Talpona, out of which Panaji is the main operative
port. One off-shore berth at Panaji has also been commissioned.
Important tourist centres are Colva, Calangute, Vagator, Baga, Harmal, Anjuna and
Miramar beaches; Basilica of Bom Jesus and St. Cathedral churches at Old Goa; Kavlem,
Mardol, Mangeshi, Bandora Temples; Aguada, Terekhol, Chapora and Cabo de Rama Forts;
Dudhsagar and Harvalem waterfalls and Mayem lake resort. The state has rich wildlife
sanctuaries, viz., Bondla, Cotigao, Molem and Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary at Chorao covering
an area of 354 sq km.
Goa has a good forest cover of 34 per cent against the national requirement of 33 per cent
and nearly 62 per cent of tree cover.
Goa became the first state in the country to launch diabetic registry. The new district
hospitals at Margao, Mapusa and the new 170 bedded ID hospital at Ponda are important
Relevant Website: www.goa.gov.in