Goa: Work of erecting shacks for the tourist season has begin along the state’s beach belt after the tourism department completed the process of demarcation last week. While shacks in the Calangute-Candolim belt will open up for tourists by the end of next week, only few will begin operations in the Salcete coastal belt, with others opting to wait to observe the flow of tourists.Although work of setting up the temporary shacks is on in full swing at many places in Calangute and Candolim, even here, some shack owners who are largely dependent on foreign charter tourists, have decided to wait for some time before erecting their structures as charter flights have still not been given the green signal by the government.Shortage of staff is also proving to be a hindrance, with many outstation staffers unable to travel to Goa because trains are fully booked.
“My main chef is from Nepal and he doesn’t want to come. The kitchen helpers have all arrived, as also the waiters,” a shack owner, who plans to open next week, said. “I’m going to manage with whomever I get.”Roger Fernandes, operating a shack on Benaulim beach, told that he is taking a gamble. “Unlike before, I’m engaging labourers from the open market to erect the shack as it is cost-effective in these uncertain times. Earlier, I would use my staff to set up the structure and it was expensive as I had to pay their salaries and take care of their boarding and lodging.”
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