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Mechanized beach cleaning at Baga fails

CALANGUTE

A demonstration of mechanized cleaning of the beach at Baga on Tuesday morning failed to impress.

More trials are expected in the next few days before the mechanized cleaning system is introduced in the coming tourist season reports Times of India.

Tourism minister Dilip Parulekar, Calangute MLA Michael Lobo, tourism director Ameya Abhyankar, GTDC managing director Nikhil Desai and other senior officials were present for the demonstration by Cleantec, a Mumbai-based agency which supplies the machines.

“The machine arrived on Tuesday. They will be able to adjust the settings in a couple of days. It should work properly in a few days. This type of machine is already being used in Sri Lanka and Chennai,” Parulekar said, adding, “We want to start with the Baga-Sinquerim stretch in the north, and Mobor-Bogmalo in the south.”

Michael Lobo said the demo was a complete failure. “I think this machine will not work. This is a raking machine, what we need is a screening machine. I’ve seen the screening machine in Sri Lanka and Dubai and it works,” he said.

Nikhil Desai also expressed disappointment, and said the machine was not working at “its optimal level” and hoped the trials in the coming few days would determine whether the machine would be put to use by the contractors appointed by the tourism department to clean the beaches. There is a provision for mechanized cleaning of beaches in the contracts.

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