The palatial Raj Bhavan in Goa, which was opened for the public after restoration work, has been abruptly closed for public due to security threats perceived by the Governor of Goa, Satya Pal Malik. Malik had served as the Governor of J&K for some time before accepting the office of Goa’s Governor recently.
According to reports, the Goa Tourism department, which was handling the tours to the Raj Bhavan shared a notice on its webpage announcing that Raj Bhavan shall remain closed to visitors for six months owing to terror threats.
The Cabo Raj Bhavan was made in the 16th and 17th centuries, oversees the Arabian Sea and covers an area of 88 ac. Once upon a time, it was used by the top Portuguese administrators as its official residence.
During early 2019, Mridula Sinha, the Ex-Governor of Goa, added Raj Bhavan to the tourism circuit. Regular organised tours were allowed for public visitors to behold the grand palace, which is located on a hilltop.
However, the Governor’s secretary Rupesh Kumar Thakur in a statement on wednesday said the Raj Bhavan darshan visit has been reviewed and in view of the request from various quarters, it has been decided to open it for visitors.
He said as per the existing practice, people will have to make an online booking on the Raj Bhavan’s official website and register at least two days prior to the visit.
“The entry will be subject to police verification and frisking at the Raj Bhavan’s main gate,” Thakur said.
The Goa Raj Bhavan has a scenic view as it is located on a cliff overlooking the Arabian Sea in Dona Paula area near Panaji. It houses a chapel and a garden comprising several medicinal plants and trees.