PANAJI: In a major decision, the Goa Tourism Department today has notified fines to the tune of Rs 5,000 to Rs 50,000 on carrying out activities such as drinking in open places, touting, begging, cooking in the open spaces , hawking, driving on beaches.
In an order issued today, the Tourism Dept has listed such ‘nuisance’ activities and warned of strict action against any persons, company, association or firm or any other body indulging in them.
“Operation of all Boating / Water Sports Activities from areas, other than those permitted and conducted within Demarcated Zones notified respectively,” it states
Further, the activities of Touting/selling of cruise boat tickets/ any other tickets of tourist activities in the open from places other than from the authorized
ticketing counters/offices in all Tourist Places causing annoyance to the Public.
“Activities pertaining to begging of ‘Alms’ in all Tourist places and (5) Activities related to selling of items/goods from unauthorised,” the order states
Further, Hawkers/agents/service providers shall not in any manner impede the free movement of tourists/cause obstructions or compel the tourist to purchase items/goods/services.
“Activities related to un-authorized selling of Water Sports Tickets /
Packages to tourists for services to be offered outside Goa in places like Malvan/Karwar etc,” it states
Also, activities related to illegal placement of deck-beds, tables and other items on all the beaches of Goa without holding valid permissions from the Prescribed /Competent Authority.
Driving of unauthorised vehicles on beaches of Goa have been banned along consumption of Liquor in open and breaking of glass bottles etc in Tourist Places.