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Goa organises workshop to boost tourist safety

GOA

To boost tourist safety in Goa, the state organised a sensitisation workshop for officials of the Department of Tourism and the tourist police force at the Paryatan Bhavan in Patto, Panaji. Around 97 India Reserve Battalion (IRB) personnel were present at the workshop. The workshop briefed the officers on management of field duties and redressal of complaints.

“Domestic tourists visit the state throughout the year, during season and off-season. The IRB personnel are deployed on all beaches of Goa and have been sensistised to take strict action against garbage dumping, drinking on beaches, cooking food on the roadside, littering, security of tourists, especially women, and prohibiting hawkers and beggars on beaches,” said Pamela Mascarenhas, Deputy Director (Administration) of Tourism, Goa. 

The police personnel were also told to levy a fine of Rs 5,000 on those caught drinking on beaches. They have been asked to intervene if they notice incidents such as harassment/troubling women, especially foreign tourists. Signboards will be put up on all beaches warning tourists not to litter the beaches. Those found littering will be detained and fined by the State Tourism Department.

It was announced that no scooters/vehicles will be allowed on beaches, except for the lifeguard vehicle/ambulance/police/government vehicles, and beggars and hawkers be barred from entering beaches. IRB force will also be deployed at the Calangute promenade and action will be taken against vendors/tourists who litter the place. Also, the state government will soon pass an order prohibiting cooking on the roadside.

Musafir Namah Bureau

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