Activists demand scrapping of Goa tourism master plan

Published on : Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Not-for-profit organisation Goencho Avaaz demanded on Monday that the draft tourism master plan of the government be scrapped, terming it “anti-people” and “anti-Goa”.

 

“The plan was brought into the public domain in a hush-hush manner. There was no involvement of the local people. We don’t need foreign companies to tell us how tourism policies must be devised in Goa. The policymakers are trying to bring corporate people into Goa through the backdoor. We demand that this plan be scrapped in its present form,” said convener, Goencho Avaaz, Viriato Fernandes.

 

Members of the group said that a detailed study of the master plan indicates damage to the Western Ghats, forest land and the ecology as a whole. They also demanded that a committee be set up comprising eminent people from the field of tourism, environment, marine ecology, power sector, water conservation, social sector, finance, hospitality and medicine among others, and work out a criterion for involving a people-oriented,

 

sustainable tourism master plan that will be in the interest of the people of Goa.

 

“Any plan being prepared for tourism in Goa should have the total participation of the local people and the same must be discussed in the gram sabhas across the state,” they said.

The activists also said the government must make efforts to uplift existing businesses instead of bringing in foreign players into the picture.

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