WITH THE RECENT RISE IN TOURISTS CONSTANTLY DROWNING, GOVERNMENT HAS FINALLY PUT IT’S FOOT DOWN AND COME UP WITH A SOLUTION. THERE WILL SOON BE A BAN ON SWIMMING AFTER SUNSET, AND SO WILL THERE BE AN INCREASE IN LIFEGUARDS. BESIDES THIS THEY HAVE ALSO RESOLVED TO PREVENT OTHER NUISANCES SUCH AS, ILLEGAL HAWKERS, BEGGARS ETC.

In this past month alone we’ve noticed that the rate of tourists drowning had immensely increased with cases happening one after another. We raised this issue several times, and finally, the government has decided to take a step to prevent any further deaths occurring on the beach sides.

The state government has set up a four member committee to study whether a law can be drafted to prevent bathers from venturing into the sea after sunset as well as prevent other nuisances along tourist frequented areas such as illegal hawkers, beggars and illegal camping in the open.

The decision was taken a ‘high-level’ meeting chaired by the Chief Minister and attended by stakeholders of the tourism industry as well as heads of concerned departments. Tourism minister Manohar “Babu” Ajgaonkar said the government will also increase the presence of lifeguards, police personnel, especially along famous beaches to tackle the problem.

“The committee will consist of a representative of Travel and Tourism Association of Goa, the Shack Operators Association and other industry representatives and report to the government on whether drafting a law would be a solution,” Ajgaonkar informed the sources. He said instructions to put in place several other measures have already been set out with tourism stakeholders being requested to warn tourists of the dangers of the sea, asking tourists who are heading to the beach at odd hours to turn back and roadblocks.

“This is not the dictatorship, it is only for the safety of tourists that such structures will have to be put in place,” Ajgaonkar said. He also said that other activities like camping and cooking in the open, leaving garbage behind as well as illegal hawking, begging, etc would strongly curb various incidents like drowning, brawls, drunken driving, etc in the state.

The meeting was convened in the wake of various incidents of drowning deaths of tourists venturing into the sea and water bodies near various tourists and local’s death to rash and drunken driving etc.

What do you think about this law? Will it help curbing drowning? Leave your valuable comment.

SOURCE: THE GOAN

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