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Karnataka Monitoring Beaches Close to Goa for Drugs

Taking cognizance of the drug menace prevalent in Goa, Karnataka is closely monitoring activities on its beaches close to Goa to prevent the menace from spilling over into their state, disclosed K Jothiramalingam, Karnataka’s Principal Secretary, Tourism.
Speaking to media persons during the Karnataka Road Show at Panji, he admitted that some properties at ‘Om Beach’ close to Goa’s border could be having the drug problem and stressed the need to be more vigilant to curb such illegal activities. He said the Tourism Police force in Karnataka comprising of 85 home guards specially trained, besides assisting the visitors is also supposed to inform the department of any nefarious activities carried out at tourist spots. He also pointed out that the Tourism Department cannot take action against perpetrators of these illegal activities but need the help of other concerned departments.
Jothiramalingam revealed that around 3.8 crore tourists visit Karnataka and that 10 per cent of the employment opportunities generated in the state is in the tourism sector.
While asserting that bad publicity due to mining did not affect Karnataka’s tourism, he however admitted that the H1N1 scare has hit the state as Japanese tourists who had booked the Golden Chariot train cancelled the same.
Jothiramalingam also advocated creation of  a circuit in South India along the lines of one existing in North India where visitors get to visit Delhi, Jaipur and Agra which lie in different States.
Towards this end, he said the Karnataka government had planned an international tourism expo in Bangalore next year where not only Karnataka but the entire South India as a whole will be promoted.
The Golden Chariot train of the Karnataka government is sought to be expanded into a ‘Southern Splendour’ covering Chennai, Mammalapuram, Pondichery, Madurai, Tanjavur, Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu and Trivandrum, Kovalam, Alleppy and Kochi in Kerala, besides Bangalore in Karnataka.

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