Goa: Drink at a bar or end up behind bars
LOCATED in western India with coastlines stretching along the Arabian Sea, the pocket-sized beach-filled region of Goa is a popular destination for both locals and foreign travelers alike.
Goa boasts a bountiful of seaside activities, colonial architecture and heritage, a tongue-tingling Goan cuisine, and just about every other form of spiritual exploration. It is a real treat for the mind, body, and soul.
Goa has also become particularly world-famous for its pulsating nightlife scene, hosting wild parties, major raves, and crazy festivals such as Sunburn, said to be one of the world’s largest music festivals.
And with these parties come “nuisance created by people in a drunken state”, according to Goa’s state government.
Chief Minister of Goa Manohar Parrikar said people often sit on roadsides and break the bottles on the road after they’re done with their drinks, causing a nuisance to other civilians.
As such, Goan authorities have amended the Registration of Tourist Trade Act to take on badly-behaved tourists.
The new, stricter law will slap a fine of INR2,000 (US$28.19) for individuals and INR10,000 (US$140.94) for groups found creating a nuisance like drinking in public or cooking in the open.
“Nobody can drink alcohol on our beaches and tourist places anymore. Bottles cannot be carried there.” Goa tourism minister Manohar Ajgoankar said. This law also affects shacks that allow guests to carry away bottles of liquor.
If the fine is not paid, the offender can be arrested and imprisoned for up to three months.
The law is likely to be formally passed over the next two weeks so from then onwards, it’s best to just stick to drinking at bars and clubs.
This development is in line with Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s long-standing promise to ban the drinking of liquor in public places, according to Business Today.
In September 2017, Parrikar had promised to amend the laws to this effect, a few months after the North Goa District Police had ordered a crackdown against drinking at public places following complaints filed by the locals.