The Tourism Department has been asked to take immediate steps to clean the beach stretch between Benaulim and Varca after tar balls were found washing on their shores on Monday afternoon.
Salcete’s Sub-Divisional Magistrate Johnson Fernandes dashed off a note to the Director of Tourism on the matter after it was brought to his notice that tar balls were washed on the beach.
While normally tar balls wash along Goan beaches during the monsoons, which is attributed to the changed movement of the sea during the season, it is for the first time that they have shown up during the monsoons thereby causing concern.
Though the black oily substance washed ashore on Monday was not huge as occurs during the monsoons, the authorities apparently are not taking any chances particularly since a large number of tourists are still present and arriving in Goa.
The Director of Tourism has been asked to deploy necessary manpower to clean the beaches. It may be recalled that in 2009 monsoons when the phenomenon had occurred, extra labour on daily wages was engaged to clean up the beaches besides large number of volunteers including school students who chipped in.