Parrikar inspects Candolim-Sinquerim stretch
The Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar on Sunday inspected the entire stretch of Candolim-Sinquerim beach in the wake of the need expressed by local MLA, Mr Michael Lobo for permitting more shacks along the stretch.
Mr Parrikar, during his two-hour visit, took stock of the grievances of some shack owners operating along the belt and felt that a few more shacks could be allowed provided the shack owners make another written request.
Mr Lobo, who accompanied the Chief Minister, said that there were genuine demands from shack owners to allow them to set up more shacks on the beach and at the same time to restrict the number of beach beds.
Mr Parrikar agreed with Mr Lobo that only a limited number of beach beds could be allowed. Mr Lobo said that permitting a few more shacks and a few deck beds, especially as the beach has been ‘restored’ after removal of the river princess, would at least to some extent create employment opportunities to youth from the village.
On the other hand, shack owners alleged that the police were harassing them especially on the pretext of playing loud music.
Mr Lobo felt that playing music without disturbing the peace could be allowed as the shacks normally close at around midnight.
Mr Lobo requested the Chief Minister to speak with tourism officials in this regard for some relaxation of the rules. [NT]