Goa Minister for Tourism Manohar Ajgaonkar on Tuesday assured beach shack operators the state of an expeditious process for allotment of shacks for the tourism season 2018-19 and directed the Department of Tourism to complete all processes by September 15, 2018.
In a statement, Azgaonkar said, “As done in the last season, allotment of shacks for 2018-19 will also be carried out in a time bound manner so that shack operators can set up their units and conduct business in a smooth manner.”
A total of 345 shacks were allocated on the beach belt of the state last season. While North Goa was allotted 257 shacks, South Goa was allotted 88 shacks. With the commencement of the new season close at hand, shack operators have been requesting the government to hasten all processes for shack allotment to avoid any delay in conduct of business.
Azgaonkar, responding to concerns voiced by shack operators, strongly allayed all fears and anxiety and has directed the Department of Tourism to ensure that there was no delay in the licensing or allotment process of shacks for the new season.
The Minister for Tourism recalled efforts made by him in completing the shack allotment process on time for the season 2017-18 and expressed confidence that the same levels of efficiency would be exhibited this year too.
Azgaonkar said, “I have directed the Department of Tourism to complete the entire shack allotment process in time before the tourism season commences.
The entire shack allotment process will be time bound and the department will ensure that shack operators comply with all the requisite documents and formalities so that the shack operations commence in a smooth manner.”
Azgaonkar also appealed to shack operators in Goa to follow all rules and regulations once the shacks were allotted and sought co-operation of the shack operators in conducting smooth business, to also create awareness among tourists on safety and security, cleanliness and solid waste disposal and to follow the law of the land.