Drinking cooking or alcohol in public area on Goa’s beaches will now draw a fine of Rs 2,000 or imprisonment for up to three weeks, based on an amendment to the Registration of Tourist Trade action which was accepted by the state cabinet on Thursday.
Speaking to reporters here, Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar also said that the amendment would be tabled for passing in the upcoming session of the state Assembly which begins on January 29.
“We have brought this amendment for those who indulge in breaking bottles on the beach, cooking and drinking alcohol in public places like our beaches,” Ajgaonkar said.
“Nobody can drink alcohol on our beaches and tourist places anymore. Bottles cannot be carried there. Food also cannot be cooked in the open. All these offenses will attract a fine of Rs 2,000. If the fine not paid, an offense can be registered. The offender can be arrested and imprisoned for three months,” Ajgaonkar.
Those committing the recorded offenses ingathering will be fined Rs 10,000. The change comes in time once the tourism and travel sector stakeholders have been blaming the authorities for poor sightseeing. They are planning to bring as tourist footfalls into the coastal country have dipped during the past few years.
The Tourism Minister also stated that after the changes come into force, once they passed in the Meeting, photos of offenders may be sent around to the Tourism Ministry over WhatsApp to some particular telephone number, after which action will be taken within 12 hour