Goa Tourism Minister Emphasises Caution for Tourists and Locals in Hazardous Locations

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Individuals, influenced by content shared by Instagram influencers, have been dangerously engaging in activities such as swimming in abandoned quarries filled with water. 

1st June 2024

By Sukhmani Kooner 

Goa’s allure lies in its stunning beaches, dynamic nightlife, diverse culture and flavourful cuisine. As India’s premier tourist destination, it draws visitors globally year-round. Its blend of natural beauty, cultural heritage and welcoming atmosphere ensures an unforgettable experience for tourists seeking relaxation, adventure or cultural exploration.

Goa’s Tourism Minister, Rohan Khaunte, expressed deep concern on Thursday over a troubling trend where individuals, influenced by content shared by Instagram influencers, have been dangerously engaging in activities such as swimming in abandoned quarries filled with water. Tragically, this reckless behaviour has resulted in fatalities due to a widespread lack of awareness regarding the inherent dangers posed by these environments.

Responding to the emerging concerns, Khaunte revealed that the tourism department is gearing up to release a detailed circular aimed at enhancing awareness among both tourists and locals. This initiative aims to educate individuals about the significance of conducting comprehensive safety evaluations before embarking on any excursions, especially in areas with potential hazards.

Despite Chief Minister Pramod Sawant’s pleas for the public to avoid swimming in deep waters, incidents of drowning continue to occur in Goa. To tackle this persistent problem, district collectors in both North and South Goa have recently issued orders prohibiting swimming in several water bodies, such as waterfalls, abandoned quarries and rivers, as the monsoon season approaches. According to reports, this ban will remain effective until further notice.

The directives issued by the district administrations serve as a firm warning about the hazards of swimming in these designated areas. Additionally, they emphasise the legal consequences of ignoring these orders, referencing Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code, which deals with disobedience that jeopardises human life, health or safety.

The joint efforts led by the tourism minister and local district authorities are directed towards reducing the risks linked with reckless recreational pursuits in Goa’s natural settings. Through promoting safety awareness and adherence to regulations, stakeholders are striving to protect the welfare of residents and tourists alike, thus enhancing the overall tourism experience in Goa’s coastal haven.