PORVORIM: Tourism Minister Rohan Khaunte today informed that a proposal is being examined to place/install bollards at the entry and exit points so as to deter any movement of vehicles to the beach areas.
“A proposal is being examined to place/install bollards at the entry and exit points to deter any movement of vehicles to the beach areas,” said Khaunte.
He further said that 3 cases have been reported to the Department of Tourism, and it is requested that the respective police stations register necessary FIRs against the owner/driver of the respective vehicles under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code as well as other relevant provisions in force and initiate further criminal proceedings against the accused.
“One case/complaint was reported in North Goa while two cases/complaints were reported in South Goa,” he added.
The Goa government has banned any private vehicle from entering the beaches. The step came a few years ago after a number of tourists entered the beaches with private vehicles and got stuck. Other vehicles and resources had to be called to recover these vehicles.
To ensure that these private vehicles do not put an unnecessary load on the resources, the government has banned the entry of vehicles to the beaches.
There have been instances where the vehicles of ministers have got stuck on the beaches. It takes a massive effort to recover such vehicles from the beaches as the rescue vehicle also faces challenges in the sand.