No Sunburn in Goa on Dec 31; Tourism dept grants provisional approval
Min Khaunte says they are not allowed to go beyond Dec 30
PANAJI: Tourism Minister Rohan Khaunte said that his department has decided to provide a provisional licence to the Sunburn Electronic Dance Music (EDM) festival promoters for three days, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., only, and not up to midnight, as desired by the planners.
“There has been a lot of uproar around Sunburn during the past month. It has been determined today to grant the Sunburn organisers permission to host the event on December 28, 29, and 30,” said Khaunte.
He further said that although they requested to host the event from 4 p.m. to midnight, we have only allowed them to host it from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
“Government will not dance to Sunburn music. All what they want cannot be done keeping local villagers interest in mind,” he said.
He added, “In order for the organisers to obtain NOCs from other departments, the empowered committee decided to grant them provisional approval,” the speaker stated.
“We will also watch what the organisers do,” he responded when asked if the event would have a Goan village, a venue for Goan artisans, similar to what it did last year.
Minister Khaunte stated that applications for organising similar events in the future year must be submitted by January 1.
“No one ought to underestimate the role of the government; Anyone wishing to plan these kinds of activities should submit an application in January of that year,” he added.
The minister also explained the provisional NOC which, he stated, speaks about obtaining “necessary permissions” for the final NOC.
“The organisers had only mentioned they are holding the festival at their usual venue at Vagator on comunidade land. There were no details of the land, etc. They are not allowed beyond December 30,” he said.