New offers sought for the Dona Paula Convention Center | Goa News

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Panaji: To promote Goa as the premier venue for Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE), the state government on Wednesday invited bidders to develop a state-of-the-art international convention center with a capacity of 5,000 places at Dona Paula. The convention center will be built on the Design-Build-Finance-Operate-Transfer model, with a concession period of 60 years.
This is the second time the state government has invited bidders to set up such a convention center.
Recently, the state government canceled the award letter given to the DCS Solar-Vascon consortium for the development of a convention center worth over Rs 800 crore after the consortium failed to provide the performance guarantee. of Rs 16.2 crore.
The international congress center consists of a main congress hall with a minimum seating capacity of 5,000, an exhibition hall, a multiplex, a congress hotel with 300 rooms, a other downstream developments (hotels, shopping malls, etc.) and related infrastructure in an integrated manner through the public private partnership (PPP) mode.
The project will see the light of day on an area of ​​approximately 98,299 m². The land is free of all encumbrances and in the possession of the state government.
The State Government has solicited proposals in accordance with the criteria of the Request for Proposals (RFP) from reputable interested domestic and international developers, bidding either as a single entity or as a consortium, for the selection of a private sector partner to DBFOT in PPP mode.
A pre-tender meeting is scheduled for June 6. The deadline for submitting proposals is July 7.
Initially conceptualized in 2015, the project went through a long bureaucratic process and was shunted between departments before landing with the PPP cell. In 2018, when EDC was in charge of the project, 25 companies expressed interest.
A senior officer said that Goa is a popular and globally established tourist destination, it is the permanent venue for the International Film Festival of India (IFF1) and in a bid to promote Goa as the preferred venue for MICE, the government of the state through the Public-Private Partnership department envisioned developing a world-class infrastructure in the state to not only host the Iffi every year, but various other national and international MICE events.
The officer said Mopa International Airport, which is also a flagship PPP project, is currently under development and is expected to further improve Goa’s direct connectivity with domestic and international cities.

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