Littering and garbage management have been a problem in Goa despite efforts by authorities and citizens over the last couple of years. Usually tourists are blamed for this at popular locations, but what’s made nature lovers see the red recently is littering of offbeat spots – waterfalls, lakes, streams and so on that are only frequented by Goans.
“It’s heartbreaking to see that almost all offbeat places which were clean and pristine until a few months ago have suddenly been littered with beer bottles, chips packets and more,” says Kevin Pinto from Thivim, who frequents such places. Many of these spots are off limits for tourists. He adds, “This has happened when it’s not tourist season, and at spots where tourists don’t go.”
A classic example is the popular Sinquerim hiking trail which is being littered over the last few months. Several waterfalls and other spots are suffering a similar fate. Jim Dias, an avid world traveller has been home during the pandemic and exploring Goa like never before. “But what surprised me was the garbage at the most remote places. People go there with drinks and food, and leave their garbage there. I’ve asked people to clean up after them, but they don’t.”
The News24 Goa