Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant has said that Aguada Jail in Goa will no longer house prisoners and will be developed as a tourist spot. This will be completed in March and will be opened to visitors.
Talking to reporters, the CM said that the 17th-century structure has been renovated around 90% and will be completed before March this year.
“We will complete the project in March this year after which it would be an important tourist attraction,” he said.
This Portuguese-era structure, a part of the historic Aguada fort at Sinquerim village in North Goa district will have a museum depicting the state’s liberation struggle.
The museum would have 2 special cells dedicated to freedom fighters T B Cunha and Ram Manohar Lohia where they were jailed during Portuguese rule will be the highlight of this tourist spot, said the CM.
A senior official of Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) said the iconic fort, which is a popular tourist is being developed at 22 crores and this is developed under Centre’s ‘Swadesh Darshan Scheme’.
The prison at the fort was in use until 2015 following which it was denotified and handed over to GTDC for renovation.