In a landmark development, The Department of Tourism, Government of Goa has finally approved comprehensive management of cleanliness on all beaches of Goa. Mr. Dilip Parulekar, Tourism Minister, Govt. of Goa, said “We are happy to announce that we have taken up the initiative of cleaning beaches across the state. Cleanliness is a major concern and is the need-of-the-hour in the state and implementing this new system will be the answer to this issue which we have been facing for years.” The North Goa stretch will be managed by M/s Bhumika Transport, Waste Handling Services, a Mumbai led consortium and the South Goa stretch will be managed by M/s Ram Engineering and Construction Company, a Mumbai led consortium.
North Goa stretch will include Keri, Arambol, Mandrem, Morjim, Vagator, Ozrant, Anjuna, Baga, Calangute, Candolim, Sinquerim, Nerul, Miramar, Caranzalem, Siridao, Bambolim. South Goa stretch will include Majorda, Baina, Bogmolo,Velsao, Arrosim, Utorda, Majorda, Betalbatim, Colva, Sernabatim, Benaulim, Zalor, Fatrade,Varca, Cavelossim, Agonda, Palolem, Patnem, Rajbag,Talpona, Galgibag.
Initially, there will be no machine cleaning. It will begin with manual cleaning. This will be an integrated system comprising cleaning of beaches with mechanical and manual means wherever necessary, giving utmost priority to environment protection and pollution control of the sand and water. Other parameters like hygiene and complete cleanliness of nearly 40 beaches across North and South Goa will also fall under this.
The garbage that is collected will be segregated into categories such as – glass and metal, paper and cardboard and other bio-degradable substances and plastic and non-recyclable waste before its safe disposal. The system will also provide well-maintained litter bins at an interval of every 100 meters for the benefit of tourists.
Special efforts will be taken to ensure that all the requirements of this scientific garbage disposal from the beaches have been met, which includes protection of live creatures, tetrapods, marine life, marine vegetation, turtle nesting sites, micro flora and micro fauna, in and around the beaches. Strict vigil and a daily reporting system will be undertaken to ensure this.
Combing of wet and dry sands of the beaches with the help of beach cleaning machines and also manually, depending on the population on the beach, will be carried out on a daily basis ensuring that the beach beds are clean, safe for barefoot walkers. Special efforts will be made to clean the beaches soon after idol immersions, beach weddings, film shooting or any other tourism related activity.
With these measures, Goa Tourism seeks to provide a clean and hassle free experience to thousands of tourists visiting the state and will further look at improving the profile of its visitors.