Beach patrol project launched


Chief minister Digambar Kamat on Friday stated that the government was committed to retaining the image of Goa as a safe tourist destination while striving to bring more tourism related projects to the state to bolster its image and propel it to achieve the numero uno' status in the tourism sector.

"While there are fears that the tourism industry would be hit in the wake of terror alert, our efforts towards safeguarding the lives of the tourists would ensure that tourists continue to flock to Goa," Kamat said, while speaking after formally launching the life safety patrol along beaches of Goa' project, managed by Drishti special response services, at Colva.

Stating that the project undertaken by the department of tourism will reassure the tourists as regards their safety in Goa, Kamat said that the project is aimed at saving the lives of the public who venture into the sea.

The chief minister further stated that the government would support any tourism-related initiatives aimed at bolstering the image of Goa.

Earlier, tourism minister Fransisco (Mickky) Pacheco said that he would strive to get state-of-the-art tourism-related projects to Goa without the state having to provide funds and urged the chief minister to provide the necessary support and co-operation to him in that regard.

Curchorem MLA and chairman of Goa tourism and development corporation (GTDC) Shyam Satardekar and chief secretary J P Singh also spoke. (courtesy Times of India)