Goa tourism is set to renew shack license

Published on : Friday, August 20, 2021

Even though the hospitality sector is yet to bounce back with full scale operations, the tourism department from next monthwould kick-start the process of renewing the licences for the beach shack allottees. To quote a tourism official, “Since hotels have started operations, we don’t see any reason why shacks should not, though some may not due to economic inviability.”

Almost 350 shacks are created during the season along the coastline in the state with greater percentage being along the coastal belt of Calangute, Baga and Candolim. In Goa, the tourist season starts in October and closes by May-end.
“Beach shacks have done badly for the last two seasons and so we hear that some may not be setting up shacks for the upcoming season. But we will start renewing their licences from next month. Let them decide if they want to or not,” the tourism official said.

Because of the second wave in last year, all shacks had to remain closed for three months before the season could end, as the year before that they had no other choice but to close earlier than usual due to the lockdown.

Anywhere between Rs 2 lakh to Rs 4 lakh is the cost of setting up a beach shack. Now, this cost can still go higher if allottees decide to go for something fancy. Even though the materials which are used for creating a shack is reusable, 10% wear and tear can’t be avoided, a shack allottee from Calangute said.

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