GOA’S GARBAGE IS COMPLETELY OUT OF CONTROL. IT IS DEFACING THE STATE’S NATURAL BEAUTY AND DESTROYING THE TOURISM. IT IS ALSO DIMINISHING OUR QUALITY OF LIFE. THE TOURISTS LITTER AND LEAVE BEHIND A PILE OF TRASH FOR US TO CLEAN. ONE SUCH ACTIVITY HAS BEEN SPOTTED ON THE GOA’S FAMOUS MIRAMAR BEACH.
To understand the gravity of Goa’s garbage problem, it’s necessary to look outside the state – to all the places on the planet where there are NO piles of trash lining the roads, where drivers and bus passengers do not toss their litter out of the window, where once pristine countryside has NOT been transformed into a massive waste bin.
And now imagine yourself as a potential visitor trying to figure out where best to spend your hard-earned holiday. Do you choose a place like the ones described above, or do you choose the one major beach destination that’s allowed itself to become an unsightly rubbish dump?
On Saturday a tourist bus from Bihar arrived at Miramar, with around 10-20 families halted and sheltered near the beach side. Obviously, they were not here to contribute to the tourism or Goan economy but rather add to our garbage problem.
They carried all the food supplies, along with their own cylinders and stoves. Setting this up opposite Sharda Mandir School in Miramar they created utter mess and litter. When a concerned local informed the police, they arrived at the spot and asked the tourists to move aside from the road area and left. No action was taken; this caused the local to approach higher authorities.
One of the locals tried calling CCP and also the Chief Minister, but none of them actively provided any help. The question here remains how these people cross the check posts without being held for transporting LPG cylinders. Also, how are they not being held and fined for littering the public places? Neither CCP nor the Chief Minister’s office was available for comment.
What do you think can be done to this rising problem of garbage in the state due to the tourist? Should the laws be made stricter to curb the problem? Leave your valuable comment