Rs 2,000 fine or imprisonment for drinking, cooking on Goa beaches: Ajgaonkar

Rs 2,000 fine or imprisonment for drinking, cooking on Goa beaches: Ajgaonkar

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Panaji, Jan 25: Now drinking alcohol or cooking in public places in Goa will attract imprisonment of three months or fine of Rs 2,000 as state cabinet has approved an amendment to the Registration of Tourist Trade Act.

The decision has apparently been taken following criticism of inaction against tourists creating nuisance in the state.

Speaking to reporters the cabinet meeting on Thursday, State Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar said the amendment had been brought for those who indulged in cooking, drinking alcohol and breaking bottles at the public places like beaches.

''Nobody can drink alcohol on our beaches and tourist places anymore. Bottles cannot be carried there. Food also cannot be cooked in the open. Those seen with bottles or breaking them on the beaches will be fined Rs 2000. If the fine is not paid then an offence will be registered and there will be imprisonment of three months. If a group is found to be indulging in cooking or drinking in public places then a fine of Rs 10,000 would be imposed on them. And if the fine not paid then an offence would be registered and there would be imprisonment of three months,'' he said.

The minister said the amendment had been cleared by the state cabinet and the same would be brought in the upcoming session of the assembly.

Stating that the tourists must follow law of land, he said after the amendments were passed in the assembly photographs of offenders could be sent on a Whatsapp number of Tourism Minister following which action would be taken against the offenders.

The amendment has come at a time when number of tourists visiting the coastal state has dipped over the last few years and also there have been talks of lack of ''quality tourists'' visiting the state. (UNI)