CANACONA – The tourism department engaged contract workers are under daunting tasks of keeping the beaches clean even as the rough seas keep on vomiting different types of wastes onto the Canacona shore.
The rough and tumultuous sea over the past few days had not only caused sand erosions destroying even inland sand dunes, but a whole lot of trash is washed ashore on every beach of Canacona taluka, almost giving a bad look and making it difficult for the visitors including tourists and traditional fishermen.
Contract women are, however, facing a daunting task and are seen collecting the trash spread in every direction.
One of the women working at Agonda beach said, “We are working continuously, but the trash keeps on coming every other day, and many times continuously appearing at the same area which was cleaned only a few hours ago.”
A source, however, informed that very few women are engaged for collection when the needs are for more women workers.While women cleaners are engaged on beaches of Palolem-Ourem, Rajbhag- Tarir, Galgibaga, Polem and Agonda, sources informed only 6 women are cleaning the vast 2.9 km long Agonda beach shore. There are, however, around 15 women working to clean the Galgibaga -Talpona coast.
Waste collecting bins are also put up along the Beaches, but since not many visitors are on the beaches during monsoon, no collection is generated in Garbage -Bins.
The waste which is washed ashore on the beach sands includes Dry Garbage, Wet Garbage and even Tree Waste, which is collected in separate enclosures set up on the shores themselves before being shifted out.
In a contract given to Karnataka Commercial and Industrial Corporation Pvt Ltd, Goa Tourism Department has engaged several beach cleaning personnel/workers, mostly consisting of women workforce on various Canacona beach shores.
21 beaches in the South and 16 Beaches in the North have been entrusted to KCIC for cleaning purposes since October ’19. The beach cleaning was carried out by Dhristhi life Savers for two years.
The collected garbage is segregated and is later shifted to GWMC (Goa Waste Management Corporation) Saligao for final disposal.