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Goa bans use of liquor on beaches

Panaji, Apr 25 (): In an attempt to restrict nuisance caused to women tourists, Goa government yesterday banned drinking liquor on beaches but permitted to drink at nominated places like beach shacks,  said Goa Tourism Director Nikhil Desai .

Talking to media, Desai said that the ban has been imposed under Goa Tourist Places Act, permitting the state government to impose a ban on things which created disturbance in the tourism zones. He further claimed that the act not only will protect and maintain the tourist places from deterioration and erosion but will also safeguard the potential of tourism.

The India Reserve Battalion (IRB), has been asked to put the order into immediate effect. Anyone found to violate the rule will have to face legal procedure, added Desai.

Nikhil Desai further confirmed that the act will not be applicable in licensed shacks or other places where retail sale of liquor is permitted. The move comes after a number of complaints were lodged by tourists getting injured by broken bottles littering beaches and nuisance caused to women tourists by drunken thugs who hang around beaches.

Goa has been a favourite tourist destination, which attracts around 2.4 million tourists in a year. The IRB, a wing of Goa Police who takes care of law and order on beaches will be patrolling round the clock to check whether any one is  carrying liquor glass bottles or consumes liquor on Goa’s beaches.

The state tourism department directed the IRB to ban liquor and bottles on beaches after a decision was taken in a meeting between the tourism department and the IRB.

Local people who visit Goa on holidays will also be affected by this order as they cannot any longer take alcoholic drinks with them. The decision was mainly taken due to the rising crime against women in the country. Officials claimed saying that the decision has also been taken particularly to avoid incidents like eve teasing.