Hon’ble Minister for Tourism Ajgaonkar cracks the whip against illegal activities on beaches and tourist spots …. Police directed to  act against illegal activities and hawkers… Licenses of shacks to be suspended if  violating Dept. of Tourism guidelines

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Panjim,  December 23 — With the tourism season at its peak,  the Hon’ble Minister for Tourism, Mr. Manohar Ajgaonkar recently convened a high level meeting and  directed for strong police deployment  at all beaches and tourist spots across the State to curb  varied nuisances that continue  to  haunt tourists visiting Goa.

Mr. Ajgaonkar took strong note of issues concerning tourism especially on the beaches in particular, and stated that he has been receiving complaints from visitors and locals at regular intervals.  He directed the Goa Police to take stern   and immediate action against all unauthorized activities, hawking etc, along the beach belt.  He also  directed the  wardens  appointed by the Dept. of Tourism not to turn a blind eye to  illegalities  and  also warned of action  if anyone  among  them was found conniving with the violators.

Interacting with senior officials from Goa Police and the Department of Tourism, Mr. Ajgaonkar categorically said, “I do not want Goa to earn a bad name for any reason whatsoever.”

During the  hour long deliberation, Mr. Ajgaonkar reiterated time and again that  illegal activities by hawkers  will be clamped down heavily not only on the beaches but at all tourist spots.

He also stated that shacks operating on the beaches have to follow all guidelines in letter and spirit.

“I have   instructed the concerned officials to take stringent action against hawkers and illegal activities on the beaches and tourist spots under section 34 of the Tourist Trade Act and  I have also  directed the Department  of Tourism to suspend  licenses of shacks not adhering to guidelines of the  Dept.  of Tourism.”

Mr. Ajgaonkar took note of suggestions from the officials for issuing identity cards to shack operators and their staff. It was also suggested that workers at shacks should be asked to wear uniforms. Likewise the government will take up the installation of CCTV cameras at beaches  at the earliest.

It was also proposed to appoint  beach wardens in-charge on every beach and their  names  and  contact numbers to be  published in the local media to enable people to connect with   them as and  when required.

The meeting was attended by Mr. S.P. Singh, Secretary Tourism, Govt of Goa, Mr.Menino D’souza ,Director Tourism, Govt. of Goa, Mr.Nikhil Desai, MD, GTDC,  Mr. Shekhar Prabhudesai, SP, Headquarters,Mr. Arvind Gawas, SP,( south), Sunita Sawant, DYSP, Jiuba Dalvi, PI, Calangute, Sandesh Chodankar, PI, Pernem and others.

 

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