Crime & Safety

Safety tops priority for Goa tourism dept

PANAJI: After his recent controversial statements accusing lamanis of spoiling the beaches in the State, Goa Minister for Tourism Manohar Ajgaonkar on Tuesday decided to focus on safety and security of tourists as his urgent priority.

“We have set the agenda for tourism in Goa, with safety and security of tourists being the No.1 priority for the tourism department. The Goa government, through the home department, is augmenting budgets to improve safety and security measures in the State keeping in mind the tourism industry and the importance of providing a safe holiday for tourists visiting Goa,” Ajgaonkar said, reports The Hindu.

The Government of Goa, through the Department of Tourism and State-owned Goa Tourism Development Corporation(GTDC) have been working round the clock not only to cater to the rise in tourist arrivals by way of providing tourism related infrastructure, but also providing safety and security measures round the clock, said Mr. Dipak Narvekar, public relations officer of the GTDC.

While security measures have been augmented over the years at the Goa airport, security at the State borders has also been tightened, said a senior official.

The Minister said safety measures at hotels and tourist spots are visible and increasing, with a 100-odd IRB force and more than 600 lifeguards on beaches, taxi services and the 1091 helpline for women, and CCTV cameras at several tourist locations.

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