Goa’s tourism season has taken off (or rather landed) with a ‘foggy’ start. The first international charter, carrying 495 Russian tourists landed yesterday 2 October, at Dabolim airport. Thick fog at Dabolim forced the flight to divert to Bangalore and return with a 7-hour delay.
As reported by Navhind Times, the general manager of Concord Exotic Voyages, which is the chartered tour operator for Air Rossiya, revealed that 50,000 tourists from Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan are expected to arrive in the state.
The second charter will arrive on October 5 carrying approximately 495 more tourists.
Calangute is being Neglected by Tourism Department: Michael Lobo
Criticizing the tourism department, Calangute MLA Michael Lobo, pointed out at the rundown state of the beach entrance promenade in his constituency. It had been only two years since its inaugural. He explained that there is garbage all over the beach since the suspension of the beach cleaning contracts.
He had inaugurated a beach cleaning exercise at Calangute by students of a college from Assagao. He said, “The students went around the beach collecting garbage and we had to call for a truck to take away the garbage. The first charter flight bringing foreign tourists is landing on Sunday, and we need to give a clean image of Goa. Till the beach cleaning contract is renewed, the tourism department should make arrangements to clear the garbage.”
Tilamol Locals Protest Tourism Dept. Approved Beautification
Protesting against the road-widening project carried on by the tourism department, locals of Tilamol have alleged that the project will lead to the demolition of three shops within church premises.
TOI reported that Tilamol church attorney Flaviano Barreto said that although Xeldem panchayat passed the project within four days, the church authorities were not taken into confidence. Also it is against the protocol as neither the PWD nor the town and country planning department approved the project, which makes is in violation of the law.