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Pernem beaches strewn with glass, plastic bags


With the tourism season coming to an end in the state, broken bottles, tetrapacks, straws, thermacol, plastic bags and other kinds of waste left by tourists can be seen strewn across the beaches of Pernem taluka.

The beaches of Keri, Arambol, Mandrem and Morjim are littered with garbage left by tourists and from tourism related activities. Thousands of people who visit these beaches failed to dispose off their rubbish properly, reports Times of India

The waste also consists of material dumped clandestinely by shack owners and restaurateurs during the night time.

Tourists are often seen taking alcohol bottles on the beaches. In 2013, the tourism department banned drinking on beaches and posted India reserve battalion (IRB) personnel to keep a watch. As a result, drinking on beaches by tourists was stopped to a large extent. While the ban is still in place, as time passed, its implementation has been lax.

Even as tourists are not allowed to take liquor bottles on the beaches, they clandestinely take the bottles and drink alcohol making a nuisance. Many of them, after drinking, break the glass bottles on the beaches posing a danger to others who walk on the seashore.


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