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Manual cleaning 'not a Goa' says Indian tourism minister
So much rubbish is being washed ashore along the coast of one of the world's most popular tourist destinations - Goa - that manual cleaning is no longer practical. As a result, one of the areas - the Calangute-Candolim beach stretch, is to undergo mechanised beach cleaning in the future.
Talking to a Times of India reporter at Calangute beach on Sunday, tourism minister Dilip Parulekar, along with Calangute MLA Michael Lobo and tourism director Ameya Abhyankar, said that they wanted to introduce mechanised beach cleaning from the beginning of the last season but had not done so due to opposition from some quarters.
"Looking at the large amounts of garbage washed ashore during the monsoon, it is impossible to clear it all using manual labour," noted Ameya Abhyankar. "A mechanised beach cleaning vehicle can clean the whole area from Baga to Sinquerim within an hour and can make four to five trips in a day."
30th July 2015