CM orders inquiry into Eco-party

PTI, PANAJI | 03 February 2010 23:06 IST

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The controversy surrounding three-day music party on Butterfly beach continues to dog the organisers. Now, chief minister Digamber kamat has also ordered an inquiry through district magistrate into the event.

"I will ask district collector to inquire into how and whether the festival has been granted the permission. He will have to go there immediately and check the legalities," Kamat told reporters here during a press conference.

Chakraview music festival, allegedly a rave party, is being organised at Butterfly beach at Agonda village of Canacona taluka in South Goa.

It is already under police scanner. Deputy Inspector General of police Ravindra yadav has already asked Superintendents of Police of South district and the anti-narcotic cell to furnish detailed report on the event. It is scheduled this weekend, by a group of Delhi-based youngsters. 

Kamat today said that even if local panchayat has given the permission, such events need licencing from various other authorities. "Collector will be asked to probe into all these matters," he said.

Goa has been cautious about the music parties after recent incident of a Delhi-based girl Meha Bahuguna's death due to suspected drug overdose at Sunburn party. The girl was shifted to the hospital and died there.

The organisers of Chakraview festival have refuted allegations that it is a rve party with drugs. The website for the festival claims it as an event, which is being held to have awareness about the beach cleanliness and give lesson or two on the eco sensitivity of the beaches.

The festival spokesman said that it will also have Indian classical music and demonstration on how to preserve the beaches. "Goa's beaches are no more prestine," the website contends.

The music party will have performers from Israel, Russia, Belgium, Italy, south Africa, Hungary and other countries, the organisers stated.

The contention of the organisers has however not gone well with local BJP legislator Vijay Pai Khot. He has said that the locals will keep a close watch on the party to ensure that drugs are not allowed there.

"We will not let drugs to affect our coastline... We have no problem, if it's purely a music festival and has all the required permissions," he said. is now on Telegram & also Youtube. Kindly subscribe for free & remain updated.

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I agree with Mr. Vishwas Prabhudesai of Loliem and He has expressed his views sincerely . Our responsible Citizens and Politicians should act NOW and Restore GOA to its original Beauty before it is too late. " U'TT GOENKARA , ZAIAT ZAGE"

- Jose Cunha, GOA(UK) | 06 th February 2010 04:17


It would be interesting to do research to find out as to why flesh trade, drugs, AIDS, liquor, gambling and crimes grow multifold in all the tourist destinations world-over.

May be this is so because of the fact that most of the tourists may be coming for enjoyment rather than seeing the beaches/churches/temples.

Moreover how gradually the local youth get pulled into vices,prostitution, drug addiction, liquor addiction and crimes would also make interesting reading!

The most stunning part is that after sometimes many people accept all this as normal fallout of the tourism industry and stops worrying about the ruining up of a whole generation!

It is expected of the intellectuals to come out openly to initiate measures to ensure the youth is not corrupted and the life of the whole younger generation is not ruined!

- Vishwas Prabhudesai, Loliem | 04 th February 2010 15:09


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