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Tourists on Goa beaches to be under CCTV surveillance

Panaji: Tourists visiting Goa will have a CCTV camera monitoring their movements once they venture on to major beaches in the state, a senior Tourism Department official said here today.

The Tourism department which is in the process of reviewing the entire security arrangement on the beaches have decided to continue posting India Reserve Battallion (IRB) on the beaches, which will patrol the areas.

The department officials in association with the State Police have decided to ensure that major beaches, which are crowded with the tourists, are regularly under surveillance.

The CCTV cameras would be installed at these beaches, Pamela Mascarehnas, Deputy Director, State tourism department, told PTI today. She said that a flying squad has also been formed to supervise the security apparatus on the beaches.

Domestic tourists visit the state all throughout the year, during season and off-season. The IRB personnel who are deployed on all beaches of Goa have been sensitised to take strict action against garbage dumping, drinking on beaches, cooking food on the roadside, littering, security of tourists especially women and prohibiting hawkers and beggars on beaches, she said.

Mascarenhas added that a special training workshop will be conducted shortly on handling such situations. She said that the police have been asked to intervene if they notice incidents such as harassment of women especially foreign tourists. The department, in order to create synergy between various agencies, recently had conducted a workshop which was addressed by Director tourism Nikhil Desai, deputy director Arvind Khutkar and Deputy superintendent of police Umesh Gaonkar.

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