Just as the tourism season begins, a circular issued by Captain of Ports states that all water sports activities including parasailing, scuba diving, boat ride, paragliding or any other island trips throughout Goa, along the beaches from North to south, be stopped and has also suspended fishing in and around Betul to Grand Island up to 5 nautical miles from October 10th to 17th due to BRICS Summit. Due to this, the South Goa fishing community and Watersports Association have expressed their displeasure over the suspension of the same as the tourism season is starting.
According to the sources, the fishing community of South Goa will come together to the Government and ask for compensation for the loss. The fishing community has expressed dissatisfaction as their business has come to a halt leading to a huge loss. “We will have to bear huge loss when we are not even connected to BRICS. The government should provide some compensation to us during the ban.” Said a traditional fisherman from Baina. Adding to that another fisherman said, “We completely oppose BRICS. No one cares about our livelihood and we will have no income during this period.”
All Goa Pursine Boat Association President Harish Dhond said, “Malim jetty at Panjim will be fully functional, only the Betul port will remain closed during the BRICS summit. We have asked the government to transfer these trawlers and boats to other locations so that the livelihood is not affected.”
According to the information, North Goa Water Sports Association President Paul Silveira said, most water sports operators run their business on loans and this being the tourist season, each operator is expected to lose 30,000 a day. “We are not supporting BRICS as because of this we have to suffer losses, as we even have to pay for crew members from our pocket though we are not getting any income,” Silveira said.
Other Water Sports operator sort to know why, when BRICS is only for two days, the ban is of eight days? Sources said, According to Captain James Braganza, CoP received directions from the government authorities not to permit the activities during the summit citing security reasons. “We issued a notification and circulars that no fishing activity in South Goa and water sports activities in all of Goa will be permitted. We received this notification from the coastal security and the central government,” Braganza said.
Earlier, the District Magistrate had prohibited the operation of light or micro-light aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), short-range aerial vehicles, low flying objects such as paragliders, hang gliders, hot air balloons, paramotors, aero models, airborne video cameras or drones and similar objects.
Similarly, the government also announce a ban on Water Sports and fishing activity along the coast and in the river close to the Summit venue. The ban is only on the coastal belt and not in rivers.