Goa mulling over a ban on glass bottles in beach areas

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In an effort to curb pollution and enhance safety, Goa Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar has asked his officials to seek a way to ban glass bottles on state’s beaches. It was suggested by the shack owners.

“Considering the demand from beach shack operators to ban supply of drinks in glass bottles on the beaches, the Minister has directed the Tourism Department to work out a mechanism to bring in the necessary measures within the ambit of the law,” a spokesperson for the Tourism Ministry told reporters on Tuesday.

At the meeting of Shack Owners Welfare Society, the minister said the facilities such as toilets, changing rooms and locker will be developed under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme on the beaches.

“Ajgaonkar categorically stated that the government will crack down on activities such as drugs, illegal masseur activities and dance bars,” the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson informed that the President of the society, Cruz Cardozo, had requested that instead of glass bottles, beverage cans be used on the beaches. Since the bottles are often littered on a beach can pose danger to the swimmers and cause pollution.

Goa is one of the top tourism destinations in India and attracts around six million tourists every year.