New Delhi: Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Maharashtra cabinet on Thursday approved the “beach shack” policy for eight beaches along the Konkan coast to give the tourism sector a boost in the state.Also Read - Odisha: Shree Jagannath temple in Puri to reopen from February 1

“10 shacks each will be set up at Aareware beach in Ratnagiri, Tarkarli in Sindhudurg, Varsoli and Diveagar in Raigad and Palghar’s Kelva and Bordi beaches,” a statement issued by the Chief Minister’s office said. Also Read - Plan To Retain Schedule As It Is With The Six Venues: Women's World Cup CEO

Applications for setting up temporary beach shacks will be available on thegovernment website and other beaches will also be incorporated in the policy in phases, it was stated. Also Read - India Skipper Yash Dhull And Four Others Recover From COVID Ahead of U-19 WC QF But Nishant Sindhu Tests Positive

Shacks can only come up in areas approved by the tourism directorate with permits from the state coastal area management authority and priority will be given to locals, the statement said.

While the allocation of shacks will be for three years, 80 per cent of jobs generated in these establishments will be given to locals, it was stated.

Beach shacks can function from 7 am to 7 pm and they will all be equipped with CCTV cameras, the release said.

Meanwhile, the cabinet also approved in principle, a proposal to privatise land and properties of the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC).