Pubs, hotels at Morjim now under scanner


 Following yesterday’s incident of violence allegedly due to rivalry between two clubs at Morjim, the Tourism Department has stepped in to check operations of all clubs, pubs and hotels in a bid to clamp down on unregistered tourism-related business conducted within Goa.
“The checks will begin at Morjim and thereafter all over Goa,” said a senior official in the tourism ministry.
Every activity in the tourism sector has to be registered under the Tourist Trade Act, explained the official, pointing out that unregistered establishments can not only be fined upto Rs 1 lakh but criminal proceedings can be initiated against them as well.
 “Registration can prevent such incidents from happening,” emphasised this official adding that a team has been constituted to begin verifications starting with Morjim.
The official said that acts of violence in the tourism belt are unacceptable and at the moment its role is restricted to verification of businesses while the police would have to step in to handle the law and order situation.
The department is also going to verify travel and tour agencies operations in the State.
 “Any unregistered agency by a foreigner or locals will face action,” said this official. [H]