Locals plan to make hotel booking a must for tourists to enter Goa’s Calangute beach

Panaji, Jun 6 (IANS): To prevent domestic tourists from cooking or staying in the open areas and defecating on the beaches, a local panchayat of the coastal state has decided to set up five checkpoints in its jurisdiction to check hotel bookings of the guests before their entry.

Around eight million tourists, domestic and foreign, visit Goa every year, and most of them throng the popular Calangute beach in North Goa to enjoy its beauty and vibrant nightlife.

This has fostered dance bar culture, drug menace, and prostitution in the area. Irked over the issue, the locals last year protested demanding action against the illegalities.

Subsequently, around 11 restaurants in Calangute, allegedly operating as dance bars in the guise of eateries, were sealed by the state government on the directions of the Goa bench of the Bombay High Court.

Speaking to IANS, Calangute sarpanch Joseph Sequeira said that they have decided to set up checkpoints to stop the illegalities.

“Tourists come and stay here in the open areas. They also cook on the roadside. As they have no accommodation, they also defecate wherever they find a place. Locals are suffering due to such things,” Sequeira said.

He said that now permission will be sought from the Collector to implement this policy.

“Whoever wants to enter Calangute, we will first check whether they have hotel bookings, and only then we will allow them to enter,” Sequeira added.

He said this will help keep the area clean and also curb illegal activities.

“We have identified five spots to set up the checkpoints,” he said.



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  • Joseph dsouza, Panji

    Fri, Jun 07 2024

    What about locals what about them, the law should be strict, goa law n order is very poor

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  • Rita, Germany

    Thu, Jun 06 2024

    To avoid defication in Public build some WC or washrooms in with automats may be a good suggestion.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Thu, Jun 06 2024

    One cant make anyone who enters the beach to book a hotel as a must.He or she can stay wherever he wants even in private houses.Naturally health issue is a must.Make them aware of it and a fine if found guilty and warn them of cancelling their visa.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Thu, Jun 06 2024

    Similar arrangements should be made for Mumbai ...

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