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Anjuna from the eyes of a foreigner!
June 20, 2012
PANJIM: In a hard hitting letter, a German national, whose identity has not been disclosed, has written to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar painting an unflattering picture of Anjuna, of ‘above the law’ sarpanches, drugs and loud chest thumping music, making life hell for resident Anjuncars.
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“During our last stay from November 2011 till April 2012 there was not a single night in more than five months without this monotone, penetrating, nerve-racking and horrific so called music, unabated all night long, not even on so called 'dry days',” the German national writes.
“Among those causing this nightmare on Anjuna Beach are some so called 'heavy weights' --Prasad Chimulkar, son of the sarpanch of Anjuna-Caisua Sandip Chimulkar, running UV Bar, panch Edwin Nomes, running 'Curlies', Hippie's Ocean Cafe, when spoken to the owner (name unknown) according to the loud music all night long he stated: My Father is prominent, my mother is in politics, my brother is working in Germany, I know the sarpanch and the police, Shiva valley - when spoken to the owner (name unknown) he stated: Among our guests are rich businessmen from Mumbai. They are paying everything [sic],” the German national says in his grammatically error prone letter.
He also tells of the story on the streets leading to “disco valley as the area has now come to be called.
“Along with these drug-rave-parties, hundreds if not thousands of party-people on cars bikes and scooters (often ill-maintained) coming from somewhere are flooding tsunami-like this short coastal belt of Anjuna beach in a rude and anti-social manner - speeding, honking, bawling - the same scenario when these hoards returning back to somewhere - often stoned and drunken - between midnight and 6am to 8am,” he says.
“Indians hailing from Northern Indian states - located at strategically well fitting points - welcome the tourists with a wide range of drugs. Drugs are also openly pushed on the roads, beaches, in front of the drug rave spots and the men in khaki is turning a blind eye and deaf ear,” he continues.
In his letter he makes reference to Parrikar’s comments assuring that there will be relaxation of sound restrictions in some zones saying that that there already are not a hint of restrictions in that area.
“It is the poor reality the residents of this short coastal belt of Anjuna Beach are afraid to call the police... as they fear police reprisals on them such as threatening phone calls, fire in their houses, demolished cars, poisoned pets, harassment etc. If we the so called 'foreigners call the police for help - the arrogant phrase is always the same: "what do you want? we have no time. We are busy". We the so called foreigners can flee from this horrific sound and dust pollution scene... but how about the local people? Their quality of life has come down to zero!” he concludes.