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Tourism Industry’s Gift Not Usable

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The fleet of 15 jeeps donated by the tourism industry to the State Government for setting up Goa Tourism Security Force are not usable as they cannot run in the sand on the beaches where they are most required.
The jeeps donated on May 15 were expected to compliment the tourism security force to keep a vigil on the 105 long Goan coastline besides also being used at other places of importance from the tourism perspective.
However, as the jeeps do not have four-wheel drive, they cannot be used on the beaches, revealed Tourism Director Swapnil Naik. They may now be used only for patrolling at the churches, temples and other sites frequented by tourists. Travel and Tourism Association of Goa spokesman Ralf de Souza expressed surprise over this issue and said the government had not brought it to their notice. While pointing out that this could have been informed to them when they handed over the vehicles, he said his organization would discuss with the authorities to see how best the vehicles can be utilized.
It may be recalled that the government had announced the formation of the Goa Tourist Security Force last year and it was supposed to have around 100 odd ex-servicemen who would man the beaches of Goa which attract most of the tourists.

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