After the drowning of two tourists at the Morjim Beach on November 9, Goa has announced plans to enforce a ban on drinking and cooking on its beaches. By Shrimayee Thakur
Earlier this year, the Goa government passed a law banning consumption of alcohol and cooking on beaches and tourist places. The law was introduced as an amendment to the Goa Tourist Places (Protection and Maintenance) Act, 2001, and makes provisions for fines of INR 2000 to be imposed on people drinking or cooking in these public places. As per this amendment, even breaking bottles is now considered a criminal offense. If the offense is committed by more than one person, a fine of INR 10,000 will be imposed on the group. Apart from being fined, individuals can also be jailed for a term of upto three months.
The law puts the onus of curbing public drinking on traders selling alcoholic drinks. They are expected to stop customers from carrying cans or bottles to the beaches.
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This move has taken place following the tragic deaths of two tourists on Morjim beach. Police forces have been deployed on beach safety duties while additional forces will be patrolling beaches to enforce the ban.
The Government stressed that the ban is meant to act as a measure of preventing such accidents and curbing disruptive activities on beaches to create a safer atmosphere.