Goa Tourism Department Corporation (GTDC) have been questioned by Goa Forward Party on the private agency selected for the beach cleaning contract.
“Tourism Department has not learnt any lessons from the experience of previous beach cleaning contract scam and is once again trying to clean the state coffers with another scam of beach cleaning,” Goa Forward spokesman Durgadas Kamat told reporters here. – PTI
Drishti Lifesaving Private Ltd are the company that have been allotted the tender by the department and they will also be responsible for providing lifeguards on beaches.
“We demand that Tourism Department should clarify whether any payments will be made to Drishti for doing this work, as Drishti has recently claimed they are doing the work out of love and affection for the beaches of Goa and on verbal request from the state government.
“The department should immediately come clean on whether any commercial terms as well as proper procedure was followed to carry out such work,” he said.
When contacted the Managing Director of Drishti Lifesaving Pvt Ltd, he said that the firm is handling beach cleaning on a temporary basis to support the efforts of state government.
“It’s an emergency situation and the government has asked us to step in to resolve the issue of garbage on beaches on a temporary basis. I feel our work over the last few weeks speaks for itself. We have lifted over 1,42,930 kgs of garbage since December 17,” Managing Director Ankit Somani said.
The MD said the litter has been transported to a waste treatment plant at Saligao.
“The same can be verified by receipts from the plant. The same has been achieved with a huge amount of support from various tourism stake[holders across the beaches, specially the beach shacks,” Somani said, adding Drishti has over decade-long experience in the domain.
He assured that they have an existing framework that includes infrastructure and management capability on every beach in the coastal state.