Industry raises alarm over drug-police nexus

PTI, PANAJI | 24 January 2011 19:06 IST

Goa Chamber of Commerce & Industry has asked the state government to initiate steps so that the state can get rid of its drug-sex destination image.

"Tourism in Goa, of late, is getting a bad name with the state slowly emerging as a drug and sex destination," Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) has said in its pre-budget memorandum.

The memorandum was submitted to Chief Minister Digambar Kamat last week listing various recommendations that could be included in the state budget, to be presented in March.

The GCCI said there is no basic tourism and entertainment infrastructure in the state.

"Problems of law and order and garbage will spell doom for the state tourism," the memorandum said.

The apex commerce body said the state should set up tourism development board to handle these issues. A series of sting operations had exposed policemen in the state selling drugs to the foreigners.

The GCCI recommended that the government should create jetties and other infrastructure to facilitate setting up of pleasure cruise boats business in South Goa.

"This will create job opportunities in that area, which has faced economic slow down after the commissioning of Zuari Bridge," the memorandum said.

"Pleasure cruise boats pay about 35 per cent of their turnover as taxes by way of entertainment tax, service tax and tourism charges. These taxes should be reduced to a sustainable level," it said.

The GCCI also stressed for creation of tourism entertainment infrastructure like boating and others around the Ourem creek in Panaji city.

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Rather Rating Goa as DRUG-SEX destination ..Goa has immense potential for Shopping Malls ,Amusement park,Wild Life. & what Not.

It is only the Matter when Government of GOA would be thinking of such tourism that can wide Spread life Thailand/Malayasia etc.

WAKE UP CM

- Chetan Kamat, RIBANDER | 30 th January 2011 10:43

 

Looking back at the tourism, the way it was ushered in, we had around 15-20 years, in which, to place proper safeguards, learning from tourism from other states within nd world wide. From the inception when a plunge was about to take place, we all knew that drugs, sex, liquor and related crimes were all about tourism. Goa then, was a clean, undeveloped, rugged, quiet place to live in even without modern toilets, living conditions and tap-flowing water amenities. To undo the damage now it could be irretrievable, almost impossible even for a dictator.

- Ludovico, Old-Goa | 25 th January 2011 17:11

 

Drug-sex-liquor and gambling -- would be the correct description for the tourist destination! Good to see the people waking up to the harsh realities towards which we are slowly moving.....

There are many projects like Planetoriums , aquariums, snake parks, boating facilities, zoos, etc that could be easily erected in the State.The new projects should not be in the cities to add to the congestion and cause traffic hazards but could be the villages like Loliem which have good beautiful land in plenty ! Goa does not need any more any mining or chemical/pesticide industries to cause further devastation to the land and its people.........

- vishwas prabhudesai, loliem | 25 th January 2011 09:45

 

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