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10 Jul 2018

Infuriated with drunk-tourists, Goa villagers want bars to shut down

Goa villagers want bars to be shut down

The residents of Surla village, North Goa, have had enough of drunk tourists creating a ruckus and are now demanding the closure of bars in the area.

The infuriated villagers have passed a resolution. They want the bars to be either relocated or shut altogether.

Sarika Gaonkar, sarpanch, Thana-Dongurli said intoxicated tourists harassed locals, and such incidents have increased in the last five years.

In context

Goa villagers want bars to be shut down
The location of village ensures it's visited by tourists

The location

The location of village ensures it's visited by tourists

The village borders the Western Ghat and during monsoons, a lot of tourists flock the area to watch the waterfall.

Many tourists from Karnataka also come to the locality to buy alcohol, which is cheaper than their state owing to the low liquor taxes.

While the visits benefit some villagers, most of them stay upset with the rowdy actions of the tourists.

The problem

Semi-nude tourists pass comments on girls, create nuisance

Shedding light on ruckus created by inebriated tourists, Goankar said most of them are young and come in groups.

"Sometimes, they are drunk so bad that they do not have anything other than their undergarments on," she added.

They even pass lewd comments on young girls and women, making life difficult. She added theirs was a small village and everyone keeps busy with farming.

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Resolution is with panchayat, villagers to approach government formally

Details

Resolution is with panchayat, villagers to approach government formally

Many a times, the drunk tourists fight with bar owners and alcohol vendors.

Considering these issues, almost 500 villagers have signed the resolution demanding the closure of nine bars.

The resolution is addressed to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and has signatures of students too. For now, the resolution is within the panchayat and the distressed villagers are yet to approach the government formally.

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