The locals of Anjuna have started a movement against late night rave parties which have been plaguing the village during the tourism season in recent years.
Exasperated with sound pollution and an atmosphere noxious to health, they have finally decided to revolt. About 150 residents of St Michael's vaddo have come together to "stop the menace". The locals have approached as many as 15 authorities concerned to look into the matter and stop "the harassment, nuisance, mischief, danger and illegalities attached to the late night parties".
Anjuna is world famous for its trance parties held on the beach during the tourism season. Of late, nightlife at Anjuna has steadily picked up momentum and has gained popularity with time. Extremely loud music on the beach at night is the main attraction of the rave parties here. The nature of these rave parties has also changed with locals heavily opposed to the drug scene.
"I am not against anybody, it's not personal but there should be peace of mind. Elderly people should get at least the sleep they deserve. Business and tourists do not mean everything," said Savio Almeida, deputy sarpanch of Anjuna, who is leading the campaign.
The villagers alleged that there are late night parties at the beach shacks which continues till 4am thereby causing great trauma to the people in the neighbourhood.
"Almost everyday, late night parties go on where the music is played over the permissible sound level and despite several complaints, no arm of the government acts," Almeida said.
"The late night loud music parties have resulted in the elderly folks of the ward leading a very disturbed life as they cannot sleep in peace. The working community cannot have a peaceful night after a long day of work and the children are not able to sleep well," he said.
Residents complain that the rave parties have totally traumatized them and they are forced to live in a very unsafe and unhealthy atmosphere.
Police acknowledge that such shacks are under their watch but no offences have been registered yet. If the government fails to provide a remedy, the locals have threatened to approach the court of law. [TOI]