Department of Tourism to get more teeth to crack down on illegalities and violations

Department of Tourism to get more teeth to crack down on illegalities and violations
·         Minister for Tourism  holds second  round  of   high level review
·         Meeting attended by top official from Goa Police
·         Tourism Department to be made accountable and responsible
·         Department  of Tourism  asked to  gear up  for new tourism season
Panjim, June 6: In a high level review meeting chaired by Mr. Manohar Ajgaonkar, Minister for Tourism, Govt. of Goa today, the Department  of Tourism has been directed to formulate new rules and regulations  or amend  existing  laws to give more teeth to the Department  to crack down  on  unauthorized  and  illegal activities  taking place  along the beach belt  of the State.
Mr. Ajgaonkar  has  cautioned the Department  of  Tourism  of fixing  accountability and  responsibility on it for  ensuring  effective   and strict implementation of  the rules  and  regulations to crack down  and  also pre-empt  unauthorized activities  from taking place  whether by  shack  operators,  water sports operators,  unauthorized vendors or any other  tourism stakeholders.
A joint action committee is proposed to be  constituted  comprising of  representatives from the  Department  of Tourism,  Goa Police, Captain of Ports and others to study  and frame  the necessary guidelines  needed to  clamp down  on  nuisances  on the beach stretches along the coastline.
During the month of  May till date,  a total of  594  cases had been  booked by the  Goa Police  of  unauthorized  tourism activities  along the  beach belt as against 484 reported  between January to April 2017.
The Goa Police,  on Tuesday,  presented  this data to the  Minister for Tourism   as a follow up of action taken  from the  first review meeting chaired  by  Mr. Ajgaonkar in the first week of May.
 Reviewing the case on the death of  the  jet ski operator  which  occurred last month at Varca, Mr. Ajgaonkar has directed the Department  of Tourism  to   suspend the license  of the  water sports  operator pending completion  of the  hearing and  investigation  in the matter.  He has also  directed the Department  of Tourism  to complete the  hearing and  investigations in a time  bound  manner.
With regards to the  allotment  of Shacks for the forthcoming season,  Mr. Ajgaonkar has  again directed the Department  of Tourism  to  ensure  that  all procedures  are completed  and  required  licenses and permissions  obtained  from the GCZMA at the earliest  so that  the final shack allotment process is completed  by August 15.
Since the contract period  of the existing beach cleaning contractor  is  due to lapse in  a  couple of days, the Minister  for Tourism, Mr. Ajgaonkar has directed  the Department of Tourism   to expedite  the tendering  process  for  appointment  of a new beach cleaning contractor.
Officials  who attended the meeting included SP North Karthik  kashyap,  Dy SP Mahesh  Gaonkar,  SDPO – Porvorim - Serafin Dias, SDPO – Quepem Sammy Tavares,   Octavio Rodrigues -  Dy  Captain of Ports,  Mr. Menino D’Souza – Director  of Tourism, Mr. Arvind Khutkar – OSD Dept. of Tourism and others.