Hon’ble Minister for Tourism, Mr. Manohar Azgaonkar reviews issues concerning cleanliness and hygien


Hon’ble Minister for Tourism, Mr. Manohar Azgaonkar reviews issues concerning cleanliness and hygiene on beaches of Goa
·         New Whatsapp number to be created to highlight garbage management on beach stretches
·         To expedite tendering process for beach cleaning works
·         Review done on project for providing toilets, urinals and changing rooms on beaches
·         Review done on measures to curb nuisances on beaches by hawkers and unauthorized activities.

Panjim,  May 2: As a stop gap arrangement until concrete measures are put in place to ensure  cleanliness and  hygiene on the beaches of Goa, a new  whatsapp  initiative is being set up by   the existing contractor and will be monitored round-the- clock by the Department of Tourism, Govt. of Goa. 
The whatsapp number will be announced shortly wherein the general public can use the same to connect with the existing arrangement made by the department for cleaning of beaches in the State.
 The general public can inform via whatsapp locations where waste is strewn or piled up and the designated contractor will take corrective measures within 24 hours and report to the Department of Tourism on the same.
Following a detailed review on the issue of cleanliness and hygiene on the beaches of Goa, Minister for Tourism, Govt. of Goa, Mr. Manohar Azgaonkar on Tuesday has directed the Department of Tourism to press into service all interim measures until permanent solutions are worked out in this direction.
 In the meantime, Mr. Azgaonkar has instructed the Department of Tourism to expedite the tendering process for beach cleaning works in a time bound manner.
The hon’ble Minister for Tourism also reviewed the status on the project for having toilets, urinals and changing rooms and other utility facilities on the beaches.
All information on the infrastructure projects proposed at major beaches in North Goa and South Goa were placed before the minister. He further directed the concerned departments to expedite the same.
During his meeting at the Paryatan Bhavan today, Mr. Azgaonkar also discussed other issues concerning   tourism and reviewed measures being taken to curb nuisance being caused on the beaches by hawkers and other unauthorized activities.
The meeting was attended today by Director of Tourism, Mr. Menino D’Souza, Managing Director, GTDC, Mr. Nikhil Desai, officials from the Department of Tourism and others.
The officials are instructed to submit a status report on various issues and activities within a week’s time. The Minister for Tourism will thereafter convene a meeting of all stakeholders to put a final plan into action.
The Hon’ble Minister for Tourism has expressed his keenness of ensuring that the beaches in Goa remain clean and locals goenkars and tourists are not inconvenienced at any given point of time throughout the year.