A 150-acre sports complex, Sea World, will come up along the Konkan coast in Sindhudurg district in two years.
This will be state’s scuba diving and snorkelling destination with an underwater aquarium.
The state will invest Rs 1.50 crore in this initiative to develop the coast as a tourist destination. “We will see if we get funds from the Centre else we will do it ourselves through the public private partnership mode,” Tourism Minister Vijaykumar Gavit said in the Council on Tuesday.
MLC Rajan Teli, asked the minister why the Sea World project floated by the government in 2009 was stuck.
Gavit said the project had got a nod in June 2009. Sea World, he said, will not only have water sports facilities, but also showcase rich marine life like corals and fish in the region. The state has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Science and Technology Park at Pune to frame a proposal for the project.
Gavit said the project has been planned in four stages — preparing a primary plan and marketing strategy, finalising the master plan, the construction plan and, finally, how to make the project commercially viable.
“The plan is expected to be ready in six months. We’ll call for tenders after that,” Gavit said.