PANJIM: Weeks after the tourist security force was disbanded by the government, a proposal has been moved for introducing coastal security guards by the state’s Tourism Department.
Tourism minister Dilip Parulekar said the department proposes to have a separate coastal security force to police Goa’s
“This force will keep an eye on all tourism-related activities ,” he said.
According to Parulekar the proposed strength of the coastal security force would be around 300 and will be under the supervision of the superintendents of police in the North and South of Goa.
Presently there are a few tourist security personnel of the police department monitoring the beach belt. However the new force is proposed to be put in place before the coming tourism season.
The tourism minister said that the force will be inducted into by the Tourism Department.
This would include water sports activities and shack operations. The force will have the mandate to check on all unauthorised activities, which also includes harassment to tourists, unauthorised water sports operations and more.
In the meantime, the department is also proposing to tie up with local panchayats to keep beach belts clear of garbage.
Parulekar said that the Goa tourism ministry has Rs 50 crore to be utilised for beach cleaning.
“We will provide vehicles and funds to panchayats to collect solid waste,” he said.
The minister also said that the panchayats will have to collect garbage generated from shacks and shack operators will have to strictly abide with order pertaining to garbage disposal.
The Tourism Ministry is also exploring the idea of new bio-digester toilets at all tourist spots in the state. The ministry has received a proposal from an Indian based company which has introduced the new technology.