New Delhi: The Goa assembly on Thursday passed an amendment to Goa Tourist Place (Protection&Maintenance) Act 2001, which prohibits drinking alcohol, cooking in public places, including beaches and breaking of glass bottles in public, news agency ANI reported. Reportedly, the bill provides for a fine of Rs 2,000 for an individual and Rs 10,000 for a group of persons for violation of the law.

IANS quoted Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar saying that the move is aimed to “protect and preserve tourism potential of tourist places in Goa and to keep such places clean and free from nuisance”.

The Goa Cabinet on January 24 had cleared the amendments, amid demands from travel and tourism industry stakeholders who had blamed the Tourism Ministry for a drop in quantity as well as the quality of tourists visiting the state in recent times.

According to the bill, “No person engaged in the business of sale of liquor “will allow its customer to carry bottles/cans containing liquor in tourist places”.

The three-day assembly session will end Thursday. On Wednesday, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had tabled Budget.

In 2017 too, the state government had banned drinking liquor in public spaces. The ban was passed to stop littering on the beaches and preventing untoward incidents for the safety of tourists, especially women.

Goa has always remained the most preferred destination for both domestic and international tourists in the country. Goa’s natural beauty and bountiful avenues for leisure and relaxation is a very big draw for tourists all through the year.