Goa cabinet approves beach shack policy

Last Updated: Wed, Sep 26, 2012 14:20 hrs

Panaji, Sept 26 (IBNS) The Goa government on Wednesday announced that all beach shacks should compulsorily install closed circuit television cameras (CCTVs) to monitor the movement of people in it failing which licenses will be cancelled.

Speaking to reporters after cabinet meeting, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said installing CCTVs is among several guidelines of the beach shack policy for the year 2012-13.

"The CCTVs should have recording and storage capacity," he said.

Besides, 10 percent shacks along the Sinquerim-Calangute belt has been cut down and setting up of shacks at Morjim and Agonda has been banned - both being turtle nesting sites and protected under the wildlife act.

"License fees and security fees have been hiked. We have also decided to ban playing loud music after 6pm in the shacks," Parrikar added.

A task force comprising of tourism officials and around 50 policemen has been constituted to monitor and take action against illegalities along the beach stretches.

(Reporting by John Edwards)

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