Panaji: Goa beaches will soon have CCTV cameras installed on shacks to keep an eye on the shoreline activities. State Tourism minister Dilip Parulekar yesterday held a meeting with the MLAs from the coastal belt and beach shack operators to discuss the new three-year ‘shack policy’, which will be in place from this tourist season (October-2016).
“Installation of CCTV cameras on shacks will be mandatory for shack operators from this season onwards. The step is taken to ensure that there is a complete check on the happenings on the beaches,” Parulekar said.
He said the government is prepared to ensure proper disposal of garbage, install toilets and CCTV surveillance of beach stretches for the upcoming season.
Shack operators urged the government to check and take action against those violating terms and conditions of the shack policy, especially with regards to sub-letting of shacks after the allotment process, he said.
“It was agreed that a special committee will be constituted comprising government officials and shack operators and strict action be taken against violators,” the minister added.
Modalities of having a single window system for the shack operators were also discussed in the meeting. The tourism department is in the process of formulating Shack Policy 2016-19, a three-year regulatory framework.
Parulekar said that the views and suggestions of stakeholders would be considered of paramount importance while deciding the policy.