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A hotspot for domestic and international tourists, visiting Goa is synonymous to wild partying, chilling by the beach and day drinking for many. Till last year, you could see travellers soaking up on a tan by the Arabian sea with a beer in hand but special law which banned drinking at public places, changed that. However, things are going to get better as the tables are turning once again.


Soon, state Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar will be allowing travellers and locals to booze publicly on the beaches here in Goa but with a clause.

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After more than a year of banning the consumption of alcohol on Goa's beaches, Manohar Ajgaonkar stated that there'll be special zones constructed at the state's popular beaches for gatherings and liquor drinking. On Tuesday at a press conference in Panaji, Mr. Ajgaonkar also mentioned that folks boozing outside these special zones on beaches would have to pay up ₹5,000 as a fine.

According to reports by NDTV, Mr Ajgaonkar stated, "When implementing the ban on drinking we want to create a special zone for picnics. A lot of local groups want to have picnics along the beach and we have decided to keep spots along the beach side -- one or two at each beach where those who want to go can go and drink -- a picnic zone."

He further added, "Police head constables have been given powers, wardens will be there too, as well as supervisors, who will have the power to fine people drinking alcohol outside these designated zones."

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The state government will also be releasing a special app through which photographs of violators of laws and rules, littering and people creating a ruckus on the state's beaches could be uploaded, following which actions would be taken against these offenders. That's not all.

Since the motive is to ultimately make Goa peaceful for visitors, the beaches will also be made free from beggars and hawkers soon.

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