Beware! Drinking alcohol in public on Goa beaches might land you in jail; details inside
To all the tourists and travellers planning holiday in Goa, here is an important instruction that all should follow or else will end up being locked in jail. As per lastes reports, if any person caught drinking alcohol or cooking in public on Goa’s beaches will have to pay a fine of Rs 2000 or imprisonment for upto 3 months, according to an amendment to the Registration of Tourist Trade act.
Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar said that the amendment would be tabled for passing in the upcoming session of the state Assembly which begins on January 29.
"We have brought this amendment for those who indulge in breaking bottles on the beach, cooking and drinking alcohol in public places like our beaches," Mr Ajgaonkar said.
"Nobody can drink alcohol on our beaches and tourist places any more. Bottles cannot be carried there. Food also cannot be cooked in the open. All these offences will attract a fine of Rs. 2,000. If the fine is not paid, an offence can be registered. The offender can be arrested and imprisoned for three months," Mr Ajgaonkar said.
Whoever will commit the listed offences ingroups will be fined Rs 10,000. The photographs of offenders could be sent actoss to the Tourism Ministry over WhatsApp to a special phone number, following which action would be taken within 12 hours.