GOA: With a month to kickstart Goa’s tourism season, the tourism department will consult the government on renewing licences of beach shacks. Shacks are permitted to commence operations post monsoon, coinciding with charter arrivals. However, the department is yet to take a call due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Nearly 350 beach shacks are alloted licences to operate during the tourist season. Also, over 400 shacks are erected in private properties beyond the coastline during this period. While beach shacks come under the domain of the tourism department, private shacks are erected with the approval of Goa State Coastal Zone Management Authority.
President of the Shack Owners’ Welfare Society (SOWS), Cruz Cardozo said that they will have to assess the Covid situation before commencing operations. He said that they will meet chief minister Pramod Sawant and tourism minister Manohar Ajgaonkar with a request for concession in fees. “Though we barely operated for three months during the last season, yet we paid all the fees. Our members have demanded a concession in fees this time,” he said.
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