Herald: Heavy traffic mars tourists’ trip to Goa
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Heavy traffic mars tourists’ trip to Goa

07 Jan 2018 06:01am IST

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NAVIN JHA

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07 Jan 2018 06:01am IST

Report by
NAVIN JHA

Several thousand tourists landed in Goa to celebrate the New Year and returned with good memories but one thing that pinched them the most was the heavy traffic, especially in north Goa.

Several thousand tourists landed in Goa to celebrate the New Year and returned with good memories but one thing that pinched them the most was the heavy traffic, especially in north Goa.

Herald spoke to many tourists at the departure gate of Dabolim International airport on January 1, 2018. Many of them had long list of reasons to speak good about Goa and its beauty and many commented about the food and beaches. However with all the positives about Goa, the only negative comment was about the traffic situation.

“Our overall experience was very good. From hospitality to food and other leisure activities makes Goa as one of the favourites and must visit destination for us, but the traffic was bad, at least in Calangute area where we stayed for five days from December 28 till January 1, ” said Minisha Saxena, a tourist from New Delhi.

Jitendra Singh a tourist from Hyderabad said “we keep coming here so we know many things about Goa. Compared to last year I found that traffic in Goa this year was very bad, probably because of road works. Other than that I don’t find any issues. Goa is good and one of my favourite destinations which I regularly visit once a year”.

Dinesh Ghelani from Gujarat, however, had some suggestions for the tourism department.

“Beauty of Goa is mesmerising. There are so many things to do here but one thing that local government needs to improve upon is providing tourist amenities at boat cruise area (Santa Monica Jetty). I spend whole day in sight-seeing but when I came to go for a boat cruise I found that there was no place to sit or nothing to eat; long queues were the most upsetting. There were no toilet facilities to get fresh before a boat ride. Similarly I feel that there should be some regulations for Dudhsagar Waterfalls trip. The government should also open up some counters at Panjim and at Calangute for Dudhsagar trip bookings as after paying over Rs 3,000 for taxi to reach to Kulem, I was told that there is no jeep available and we had to return back,” he said. 
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