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