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Surla goes dry for a month

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The North Goa Collector Levinson Martins on Thursday issued an order prohibiting the sale of liquor in the Surla hamlet of Sattari taluka after villagers complained of drunken unruly behaviour by tourists from Karnataka and Maharashtra especially during this time of the year.

The order comes after residents of the village had complained of nuisance created by drunk tourists, especially those who travel from neighbouring district of Belagavi in Karnataka.

The prohibitory order was issued under Section 29(A) of the Goa Excise Act and the Goa Excise Rules read with powers under sub-section (2) of Section I44 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, to curb the menace, annoyance and nuisance created by tourists.

The order has prohibited all the liquor bars, shops, pubs, clubs, provision stores or any establishment serving or selling liquor or alcoholic beverages in retail or packed bottle in the village of Surla for the period of 30 days.

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It is seen that the tourists visit the village mainly for drinking during the rainy season in large groups. They also create nuisance by drinking along the streets and bathing openly in the streams, disrupting movement of pedestrians and the flow of traffic on the narrow village road which is the sole access to the highway,” North Goa Collector Levinson Martins said.

Under the influence of alcohol these tourists are disturbing the peace and tranquility of the village especially the women and children who are vulnerable and are afraid to go out during the day… Therefore there is sufficient ground for putting reasonable restriction by means of prohibitive restrictions on the sale of liquor,” Martins said.

Source: Navhindtimes, New Indian Express, TOI, TheGoan

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