The Bombay High Court at Goa on Thursday directed the government to implement the water sports policy framed by the Tourism Department for the next tourism season scheduled to commence in August this year.
When the matter pertaining to waters sports came up for hearing, the government advocate pleaded that the petition had become in fructuous as the tourism season was over.
A group of boat owners had moved the court seeking a direction that the water sports policy prepared by the Tourism Department be implemented in order to give a level playing field to all stakeholders in water sports.
The petitioners contention was that at present water sports at the beaches in Goa was monopolized by a few operators who were grabbing all the business leaving others high and dry.
The water sports policy framed by the Tourism Department besides listing out the mandatory requirements in terms of safety of those availing the water sports facility also provided for a queue system for the operators so that all would get a share of the business.
When the government advocate pleaded that since the tourism season had ended the petition had become infructuous, the court in turn asked the government whether the policy would be implemented for the next tourism season and directed the government to give an undertaking to that effect.