Hospitality Hub | 2016-06-15
Old Central Jail, Aguada, Goa, set to become a tourist attraction soon

Central Jail Aguada, Goa’s erstwhile and largest prison, whose cells stand on the site that once formed the square-shaped citadel of the hilltop Fort Aguada, is all set for a major transformation. Since May 30, 2015, this prison no longer houses inmates who have now been shifted to the new jail at Colvale. 


Nonetheless Central Jail, Aguada, will not stand forgotten as it will soon join Dhagshai Jail, Himachal Pradesh and the Cellular Jail, Andaman’s as a Jail Museum. While Dhagshai Jail, Himachal Pradesh and the Cellular Jail, Andaman’s are dated back to the British era, the Central Jail, Aguada dates to the Portuguese rule. The 17th century  structure  has some  historical landmarks within its premises.


The Goa Tourism Development Corporation’s (GTDC) mega project to convert the old Central Jail, Aguada into a Museum is taking solid ground and the spade work has already begun.
The Corporation  has  involved  both the  Goa Heritage Action Group (GHAG)  and Goa’s  freedom fighters in this project as  the Aguada Jail Museum project intends  reviving and restoring  history, heritage  and will encompass it all  as an attractive location for tourists visiting Goa. 


Nilesh Cabral, Chairman of GTDC, said, “The old Central Jail at Aguada, Sinquerim is very well known not only as a prison but for its history and  heritage. Now  a vacant structure, GTDC has  requested  the government  to make it  a  tourist spot and the Corporation  has  started  working on  a project that will  preserve the heritage structure and showcase Goa’s freedom struggle  and be a true tribute  to the heroic  deeds and glorious sacrifices  of all those who  took part in Goa’s Liberation.”


The Master Plan for developing Aguada Jail at Sinquerim into a tourist destination includes creating activity zones, viewing galleries, tourist information centers, improvement of temple and chapel areas, improving the prison cells, prison corridors, illumination of the jail campus, café and a lot more. 


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