The Tourism Minister of Goa, Babu Ajgaonkar who had created the controversy over the Lamanis in the state has quoted in the media that, tourists coming into the state creates nuisance after consuming the liquor.
The Tourists coming to Goa creates ‘nuisance’ in the state after consuming the alcohol and spoils the Goan culture, stated the Goa Tourism Minister. According to the Minister, Liquor consumption has been the part of Goa’s custom and culture and Goans know how to handle it. “Drinking liquor has been a tradition in Goa and it cannot be stopped overnight. We can say liquor has been part of our Goanness. Even if one has stomach pain the warm liquor is consumed as medicine,” Ajgaonkar told the media.
The Tourism Minister feels that Goan know how to handle the liquor while the tourists coming to Goa does not have that knowledge and that is why after driving they lose their senses and creates nuisance in the vicinity. “Goans know how to handle their drink but those who come as a tourist from outside create nuisance after getting drunk and spoil our culture. That should be stopped,” he said.
While speaking on the late night parties issue the Tourism Minister said that government can permit such parties provided the supreme court lifts the ban on it. “According to me, the late night parties are not allowed in the state as part of the Supreme Court directives. There is a ban on playing loud music after 10 PM,” said the minister adding that “If the apex court lifts the ban and if locals are not disturbed, we don t mind allowing late night parties.”
The Minister further stated that he fully supports the electronic dance music festivals (EDM) like Sunburn and Supersonic since the EDM boosts the Tourism in the state. Meanwhile, based on the available information from the reliance sources, Goa Police have already started cracking down on late night parties and musical events which go on beyond stipulated time of 10 PM with an iron hand. The police have been instructed by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar to strictly curb these illegalities, the top cop said while speaking to reporters in Panjim. “He has already given instructions to curb all these illegal activities with a very heavy hand. There are already Supreme Court directions that no loud music can be played in an open area after 10 PM in the night,” Mr. Chander added. (source)
“Drinking liquor has been a tradition in Goa and it cannot be stopped overnight. We can say liquor has been part of our Goanness. Even if one has stomach pain the warm liquor is consumed as medicine,” Ajgaonkar told the media.
The tourism season is about to go into the offseason mode within next two months time and these are the only days that will generate some revenue for the people having the business in the coastal areas of Goa but the new development looks like going to take away that opportunity from the stakeholders of the tourism industry in Goa.