Department of Tourism cracks down on illegal sand extraction

Panjim, July  16: Illegal sand extraction at Agonda beach has drawn the ire  of the  Department of  Tourism,  and have  moved to act against the offenders  found engaged in  unauthorized activities along Goa’s  beach belt. Department of Tourism on Tuesday stumbled upon illegal sand extraction activity while inspecting the beach belt at Agonda. A Department  official  deployed  to inspect  beach  cleanliness and  lifeguarding services  at Agonda  reported  the presence of  labourers  extracting sand and  transporting the  same to a nearby construction site.

A report has been sent to the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) and the  South  District Magistrate for   necessary action to be taken in the matter. While the  department  is  also proceeding to  take  action in this case, a  report has  also been  sent to the  respective  area police station  for  filing of  FIR  against  the offenders.

The  Director  of Tourism, Mr. Ameya  Abhyankar said, “The police and concerned  authorities  are  investigating   this matter and  action  will be taken against those  engaged  in illegal sand  mining  on the beaches  of  Goa.” The  Department of Tourism  will also be  keeping a close  watch along the  beach belt  to ensure that there is no  illegal sand  mining  activity  taking place. It’s  beach inspecting squads have been directed  to report of any such activity,  if found taking place along the  beaches.

Source: Goa Tourism PR

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