Giving tourists an opportunity to explore the city by electric bikes, the tourism department and Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) on Friday launched electric vehicle tourism initiative.
There are 50-odd e-bikes in three variants that will be made available for the tours in the city and the nearby areas including Divar Island.
The tour offers the joy of effortless riding on e-bikes while exploring the local culture, history and heritage of Goa. These e-bikes are equipped with state-of-the-art features like GPS trackers, battery-powered motor for speeds up to 25kmph and electronic disc brakes for enhanced safety. The tours will cost in the range of Rs 1,700 to Rs 2,500.
The e-bike tours facility was launched by Tourism Minister Manohar Azgaonkar in the presence of GTDC chairman Dayanand Sopte in the city. This initiative has been started in partnership with a private agency Arcis Tours Pvt Ltd who will be executing the tours.
Earlier in the day, while addressing a press conference along with
Sopte, GTDC managing director Nikhil Desai said, “This initiative is totally funded by Arcis, which will share some revenue with the government as per the contract.”
An amphibious vehicle, popularly known as Duck Boat tours, has been delayed as initially Ministry of Road and Transport delayed in issuing the notification which took almost two years hence the investor has backed out, he said.
He informed that efforts are being made to revive its ambitious helicopter rides project which ran aground due to infrastructural issue.
Interestingly, Desai claimed that not even one rupee has been wasted by the government in the projects which the department failed to execute.
He said that consultants were not appointed in any projects of these kinds and the government never invested any amount.
“Approximately 120 tickets are sold in a day for Hop-on-Hop-off sight-seeing tours and around 850 taxi operators have registered with Goa Miles and the revenue has increased three times,” he claimed.
Source:: The Navhind Times