Goa introduces 'no-selfie-points', Southern Railways puts fine on selfie-enthusiasts
In a move to curb accidents related to selfies, authorities in Goa have come up with 24 no-selfie points. In a related news, Southern Railways have decided to fine passengers for clicking selfies at railway stations. In Goa, the step was taken to reduce drowning incidents. And, the Southern Railways decided to levy fines to prevent train mishaps. Here are the details.
A map: These are no-selfie areas of Goa
In North Goa, the places where selfies are restricted are Baga River, Dona Paula Jetty, Sinquerim Fort, Anjuna, Vagator, Morjim, Ashwem, Arambol, Kerim and the area between Bambolim and Siridao. In South Goa, the prohibited areas are Agonda, Bogmalo, Hollant, Baina, Japanese Garden, Betul, Canaguinim, Palolem, Khola, Cabo De Rama, Polem, Galgibagh, Talpona and Rajbagh. Obviously, tourists are expected to follow these rules.
Existing sign boards will get upgraded with emergency numbers
"These points will have 'No Selfie' signages. The existing signage boards are being upgraded with pictorial instructions on flags, an emergency toll-free number and dos and don'ts while visiting the beaches of Goa," said an official of Drishti Marine, a government-appointed private lifeguard agency.
While Goa will upgrade sign-boards, Southern Railways will fine defaulters
Senthil Vel, manager Coimbatore Railway junction, said a notice will be circulated to all station masters and managers under Southern Railways' Salem division to fine passengers of Rs. 2,000 for clicking selfies inside the station premises. He explained people have developed a habit of clicking selfies and that they stand too close to trains. This has led to various mishaps in the past.
Notably, India recorded highest number of selfie deaths
The Railways implemented the rule on Friday, catching many passengers off guard. Vel added repeat offenders will be sent to prison for six months. Notably, a 2017 report concluded India recorded the maximum number of selfie deaths between March'14 and September'16. Of the 127 reported deaths, 76 happened in India. Considering the facts, imposing a no-selfie rule looks extremely pertinent.