Goa tourism dept. promises to clean up tar balls in 2 days

 Wednesday, September 15, 2021 


In the wake of tar balls surfacing on beaches across Goa, on Tuesday, Manohar Ajgaonkar, the state Tourism Minister, guaranteed that within the next two days, the shorelines will be cleaned up.

In the weekend, tar balls got washed up on many Goa beaches including Anjuna in North Goa, a place majorly frequented by domestic tourists.

To quote Ajgaonkar, “Goa’s beaches are famed internationally. We can’t afford to keep them littered with tar balls as it will affect the tourism prospects.”

He said that already the cleaning work of the beaches has started by the agency employed by the tourism department, mentioning that tar balls getting washed up on beaches has become an every year occurrence, for which a solution has to be found.

In the meantime, local fishermen have been protesting regarding tar balls on the beaches. Sanjay Pereira, a fisherman from Cacra village near Panaji, explained that it becomes tough even to walk on the beaches.

“The sticky substance gets stuck on the feet and it becomes irritating to walk on beaches. We have seen tar balls surface on the banks of Zuari river as well,” Pereira said.

Tarballs are lumps or blobs of solidified tar resulting from an oil spill or natural seepage from the sea, that often get washed up on beaches.

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