New Delhi: Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar who has set an ambitious target of achieving the open defecation free state tag by October 2, 2018, appealed to the tourist of the state that everyone is welcome in Goa, provided they do not urinate on roads and add to the state’s garbage woes. “Everyone is welcome, subject to (the) condition that he should not urinate on the roads or strew garbage.” He further added that these basic social etiquettes are applied to the locals living in the state as well.
Commenting on whether this condition will impact the tourist flow, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar added,
I do not think it will impact. I will prefer to have a good and responsible tourist from any place in the world.
The statement was made by the Chief Minister in view of the on-going infrastructure development work in the state, because of which the number of inbound tourists will touch the 10 million mark in the next one or two years, from the current figure of nearly seven million.
Apart from this, Goa aims to also go garbage free by December 19, 2018 and plastic free by 2022. From implementing the ban on plastic bags from May this year, to deciding to minimise the use of environmentally hazardous plastic on different occasions including state functions and setting up garbage treatment plant and organic waste management facility, the state has been doing it all.
This year, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on January 4 also made an announcement of putting a blanket ban on PVC (Polyvinyl chloride) based plastic from May 30, 2018. The government also decided to ban plastic packaging in the state from December 19, 2018 and punish those who litter.