Panaji, June 22: Goa’s popular beaches have set up “no selfie” zones due to the rise in drowning incidents along the state’s coastline. The aim behind the decision is to reduce the number of accidents, caused by falls from slippery and rocky areas along the coastline, which incidentally also provide a vantage point for selfie and photography enthusiasts, Ravi Shankar, CEO Drishti Marine, a state government-appointed private lifeguard agency manning the state’s beaches and other water bodies, told IANS.Also Read - Goa Caps RT-PCR Testing Rate For Inbound Foreign Tourists at Rs 3,200
“The 24 unsafe selfie points with signages which have been identified are located near Baga River, Dona Paula Jetty, Sinquerim Fort, Anjuna, Vagator, Morjim, Ashwem, Arambol, Kerim and between Bambolim and Siridao (all beaches) in North Goa. In South Goa, the signs have been placed at Agonda, Bogmalo, Hollant, Baina, Japanese Garden, Betul, Canaguinim, Palolem, Khola, Cabo De Rama, Polem, Galgibagh, Talpona and Rajbagh (all beaches),” Shankar said. Also Read - Love Feni, a Local Goa Delight? Then THIS Place is a Must-Visit as it is 'All About Alcohol'
“Further, signage boards are being upgraded with pictorial instructions on flags, an emergency toll-free number and dos and don’ts while visiting the beaches of Goa,” he added. Also Read - International Flight Services From These 3 Indian Airports Likely to Stop After December 2021 | Here's Why
On June 17, two tourists from Tamil Nadu died in two separate incidents while posing for selfies. The incident, tourism ministry officials say, expedited the process for setting up the “no selfie” zones. Goa’s beaches, attract more than six million tourists every year.
Meanwhile, Goa state government is planning to ban swimming in the sea from dusk to dawn and limit tourism activity to a limited area on a beach. The move is seen as a crackdown on errant tourists. The decision was taken in a meeting of Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar and industry stakeholders. The tourism department will also impose punishment for tourists violating the law. In recent days number of incidents has been reported including gangrape and drowning.
(With agency inputs)