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Goa to Crackdown on Beach Boozing After Two Tourists Drown

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Pramod Sawant Goa Chief Minister on Tuesday categorically warned of a crackdown on drinking alcohol on Goan beaches after two tourists from Belagavi, allegedly who were in an inebriated condition, drowned in Morjim beach.

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The Chief Minister asserted, “From now onwards, there will be enforcement of the law to prevent people from drinking on beaches. Additional police forces have been pressed into beach safety duties to prevent a repeat of such incidents.”

The Goa cabinet in January had passed a law banning the consumption of alcohol in public places and assured a crackdown on ‘boozing’ on beaches and other tourist sites in the coastal state, which attracts nearly eight million tourists every year.

According to an amendment to the Goa Tourist Places (Protection and Maintenance) Act, 2001, individual offenders will be from now onwards fined Rs. 2,000 for offenses and if the offenses are committed by more than one person, the group will have to pay Rs. 10,000.

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