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Ban glass bottles from Goa’s beaches: Tourism stakeholders

Panjim: With over two months left for the onset of the tourist season, stakeholders in the sector have reeled of a series of demands, including banning glass bottles on beaches and expediting the tendering process for beach cleaning.In a meeting with Tourism Director Menino D’Souza, a delegation led by Deputy Speaker and Calangute MLA Michael Lobo sought that carrying of glass bottles on the beach should be banned as strewn broken bottles are causing a menace.“There are instances of visitors cutting their feet on jagged glass ends which are strewn on the beaches. It has become difficult to walk on the sand barefoot, which is why we demanded a ban on carrying glass bottles on the beaches. Let the place be safe for every visitor,” Lobo told Herald after the meeting that was attended by Travel and Tourism Association of Goa, shack operators and others. To implement the system, Lobo proposed an amendment to the Tourist Trade Act in the ensuing monsoon session of the State Legislative Assembly.
Some coastal village a couple of years ago made similar demands to ensure visitors enjoy an injury-free stroll on the beaches.The stakeholders also demanded expediting the tendering process for beach cleaning, an assurance made by Tourism Minister Manohar Azgaonkar after taking over the portfolio. The lifeguards providing company Drishti Lifesaving Services Pvt Ltd has been temporarily allotted the project for cleaning the beaches. However, the stakeholders alleged that several beaches are not cleaned and the service should be extended during off-season too.In another demand, shack operators have sought that licenses be allotted at least one month before the tourist season so as to erect the temporary structures on the beaches by September. They also sought an early CRZ inspection and granting of NOC by August-end. [H]

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