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Porvorim is the legislative capital of the state of Goa, India. It is situated on the right bank (north bank) of the Mandovi River. The administrative capital Panaji is located on the opposite bank. Considered as a suburb of Panaji, Porvorim is considered an upmarket residential hub as it lies on the prime Mumbai–Goa highway NH17.Porvorim is hardly a couple of kilometers from the state capital, Panaji. Officially a village, it provides facilities no short of that of a town or a small city.Many housing localities and complexes are also located in Porvorim, such as Journalist ColonyHousing Board ColonyPundalik NagarDefense ColonyNova CidadeSapana GardensLandscape CityPost & BSNL Quarters Porvorim is well connected by roads. The National Highway 17 (NH17) runs through Porvorim. Infrastructure such as hospitals, schools, hotels and highways is developing here at a high pace. The town is slated to get its first mall by 2015.HistoryHistorically, Porvorim was originally centered on the village market at the crossroad between the Panaji–Mapusa highway and the Socorro–Sangolda road. It used to be the por-vod or last vādo of the village of Socorro. Ecclesiastically speaking, the parish church was Nossa Senhora do Socorro, at Zosvaddo, Socorro; Porvorim was served by the Candelaria chapel near the market, and by the Holy Family chapel (now an independent church) higher up, in Alto Porvorim.It was the ancestral home of eminent Goans such as Fr. Hubert Olympus Mascarenhas and Julio Ribeiro.
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