Beach patrolling extended till midnight

PTI, PANAJI | 26 July 2013 21:45 IST

Goa’s beaches will be patrolled till midnight by a special police division when the tourism season begins in September this year, a minister said in Panaji on Friday.

Goa Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar told reporters that the India Reserve Batallion (IRB), which has been guarding Goa’s beaches in the absence of a tourist police, would now maintain vigil till midnight to curb crimes.

Tourists relax at the Anjuna beach in Goa. Reuters

In the last tourist season, IRB personnel were stationed at beaches until 9 pm.

It has also been decided that the number of IRB personnel would be increased from the present 160 to 235 for the purpose of guarding the 105km-long shoreline, he said.

The state tourism ministry has also decided to give three-year licences for shacks on beaches as against the earlier policy of permits valid only for a year, he said.

Tourism ministry officials will begin consultations with shack owners from 1 August about the new policy, which will be announced on 15 August , he said.

One of the new proposals for shack owners would be that they have to install CCTV cameras at their establishments, although that would not be mandatory, he said.

The state-run Goa Tourism Development Corporation has, meanwhile, decided to set up and operate a “model shack” at Baga from the forthcoming tourist season.

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David Davies , U.K.

The Indian Government will not realise the folly of their ways, until they are bitten very hard and it begins to hurt.

Sadly the Goa Government and more notably its Tourism Ministry is rather impotent in the matter and will only react after the damage has been done and to an extent irreparable.

Sadly ,the people that suffer, as always ,are the ordinary citizens trying to earn their bread and butter from Tourism.

Like Goa`s Chief Minister, famous for his U-Turns, one can now expect one from the Indian (Union) Government too.

The increase in Tourist Visa fees also impacts on Persons of Indian and Goan Origin, not holding PIO/OCI lifetime visa Cards.

This is no more than a Tit for Tat & "dogmatic" exercise by the Indian Government.

I wonder who will be turn out to be the bigger financial loser ?

- N.Fernandes, London | 22 nd August 2013 13:39

 

It will be very good to see a model shack on Baga in the forthcoming season as this will be the LAST time we will come to India your visa is now to expensive, just for a holiday.

- David Davies, U.K. | 22 nd August 2013 00:13

 

It is a welcome step to maintain security by the Indian Reserve battalion at the beaches till midnight since it becomes very difficult specially for those with women accompanying them.

Anti social elements move around the beaches in the absence of security forces.

With security, it will help the people to have nice time at the beaches till late night.

Installation of CCTV cameras at the shacks and other establishments at and around the beaches of Goa should be MANDATORY and not optional.

This will help the law enforcing authorities to nab the culprits in case of any crimes.

- Francisco, Goa | 27 th July 2013 01:06

 

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