Goa: Drinking to be banned at few Public places


As a piece of its endeavors to extend the state as a “family visitor goal” Goa government has chosen to boycott alcohol utilization at a couple spots like religious spots with the state Excise Department prone to actualize the restriction from one month from now, as reported by the authorities.

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Excise Department on Wednesday confirmed that the process for implementing the ban on drinking in public places in Goa is on and the rule is likely to be implemented in November.Speaking to Herald, Excise Superintendent Satyawan Bhivshet said the department is in the process of issuing a notification and drinking in places such as waterfalls, springs, monuments and areas close to religious places is likely to be banned. He said the ban will curb the nuisance by tourists after consuming alcohol at some public places.

Another excise official, on condition of anonymity, said powers of the department in the Act are described and special squads are being put in place to crackdown on the violators drinking in such zones.

Earlier, the government, while introducing the bill in the Assembly had said, “The government is receiving a number of complaints of consumption of alcohol in open spaces, public spaces, beaches, public roads, state and national highways, mostly by visiting tourists.”

Placed before the House by Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar, the bill further read, “Upon consumption of liquor, the bottles and cans are strewn around causing environmental degradation. Such persons after being in an inebriated state cause nuisance to general public, disturb the peaceful order in the area and cause local tension thereby posing law and order situation on a regular basis.

The State government on August 12 had amended the State Excise Act during the monsoon session of the State Legislative Assembly, looking to fine those found drinking in public places and had proposed ‘no alcohol consumption zones’ across the State. Any person found drinking will have to bear a fine from Rs 1000 to Rs 10,000.

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