A Helicopter to Patrol
Panaji, March 22 – A helicopter
will now patrol the beaches in Goa in order to ensure the safety of the
millions of tourists who visit the state’s sunny shores annually.
In his inaugural address
in the budget session of the Goa legislative assembly Monday, Governor
S.S. Sidhu said the central government has already promised the chopper,
along with several other measures for efficient beach management.
‘For the patrolling of
beaches, a helicopter has already been promised by the Centre,’ Sidhu said.
Sidhu also said that the
central government has also allocated assistance of Rs.49 crore this financial
year for promoting tourism.
‘My government has put
in place an advanced beach safety management system by virtue of which
the death rate due to drowning has been substantially reduced,’ Sidhu said.
||Safety of tourists has
been an issue of major concern in Goa, after several crimes against foreign
tourists received wide publicity in the national and the international
Following the several
high-profile crimes, the union ministry of tourism had to intervene and
write to Chief Minister Digambar Kamat asking him to act proactively on
The state government has
hastened up setting of a special tourist security force, comprising of
ex-servicemen, to foot-patrol the beaches of the state.