The beach capital of India, Goa is expected to introduce mechanized beach cleaning which is expected to be introduced within the month of August 2009 to help clean the beaches more efficiently.The endeavour being capital intensive, the project is expected to be implemented in a phased manner over a period of three years after which the entire Goan coastline will be equipped to clean the beaches mechanically.
For the start, two beach stretches in Goa, one in the north and the other in the south will be taken up for introducing the beach cleaning machines. The stretch to be covered will be a distance of eight to ten kilometers at the most crowded beaches in the north and south of Goa where high quantities of waste are being generated.
Besides cleaning of the beaches, scientific disposal of collected garbage is also expected to be taken up with the exercise and the garbage will be segregated at source and disposed in a planned manner. Certain norms are set to be introduced in the beach shack policy from the next coming season to tackle the menace of disposing collected garbage as much of the garbage on the populated beaches of Goa are generated by the beach shacks
According to the tourism ministers office, the beach cleaning machine is designed to clean an area of 20,0000 sq metres in a time of an hour and can pick up smallest objects from the sand such as cigarette butts etc. It does not affect the sand pattern or cause any hazardous environmental effects but leaves the beach clean.