PANAJI: Persons carrying liquor glass bottles and drinking on Goa’s beaches will soon be history as the state tourism department has directed the Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) not to allow anybody to step on the beach with alcohol or glass bottles.
During the fortnightly meeting between tourism department and IRB, the decision to ban liquor and bottles on beaches was conveyed to IRB staff.
IRB has been deployed on the Goa beaches to provide round the clock security.
“Implementation of this has begun,” a senior tourism department official told TOI. The official also said the department received complaints that tourists are being injured after stepping on broken liquor bottles on the beaches.
Locals who picnic on the beaches will also be affected by this order as they will no longer be able to take alcoholic drinks with them.
Through this decision tourism department wants to stop tourists drinking on beaches and the breaking of bottles on beach by drunken tourists.
The official also said that the rise in crimes against women across the country led to this decision. “To prevent eve teasing incidents on Goan beaches we have taken this step,” the official said.
People can now only drink at licensed premises where liquor is served. This includes shacks and hotels. “Domestic tourists coming to Goa, buy liquor in bulk from wholesale stores and enter beaches with snacks which is one of the reasons for littering on beaches. This will also help to keep beaches clean,” the official said.
The tourism official said IRB has been instructed to first politely request people not to take liquor bottles to beaches, and consume alcohol in licensed premises. If the people refuse then IRB officers have been asked to take the bottles away from the tourists.