Monday, December 22, 2008

Goa Beach Party? Yes and No!

Will Goa actually see the beach party revelry this year? Yes and No seems to be the answer of the Goa government The clear verdict is not out as yet. What is clear is that there is plenty of confusion on the subject. All government machinery and security apparatus is so full of headaches that the decision is still under fantasy’s hope.

However it seems more likely that the ban may actually be enforced in view of the security thereat that the state and the country is facing. In a bid to avoid a terror strike and thereby prevent long term implications on tourism, the Goa government is willing to forsake the short term tourism hit due to the ban.

If the state government does go ahead and ban the beach party revelry for New year, it would mean denying lakhs of party revelers their regular ambience of the beach party in Goa forcing them to look for an alternative.

The only positive fallout of such a decision from the government could be the crackdown on rampant rave parties in Goa and thereby a curb on the use opf drugs with the police being forced to book offenders on the sidelines.

The roads leading to the beaches are therefore not going to be easily accessible as the ban is likely to begin on Dec 23 and stay uptill Jan 5. However traditional midnight masses, indoor parties in hotels and clubs, open air dances at various venues are likely to continue unhindered provided private organizers of such festivities are able to properly man their activites by security personnel.

However the shack owners on the Goa coastline are already crying foul in anticipation of suffering undue losses due to the ban and are already seeking compensation from the government in lieu of this.

One hopes and prays that terror never hits our beautiful land of Goa.

Xittuk Goencar

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