Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar on Wednesday said that the promoters of ‘Sunburn’ have approached the tourism department with a proposal to hold electronic dance music (EDM) festival in Goa.
He, however, said that the government will not consider any proposal by promoters of Sunburn to hold EDM until they clear the pending dues to the state government.
“Government has decided to grant permission for EDM festival, which is an attraction for the tourists, only in the month of February, as the government cannot accommodate the event in view of December and January being overbooked during the peak tourist season and it will be difficult to manage the event,” Ajgaonkar said while interacting with media persons in Porvorim.
He said that the department expects that more organisers will come forward with proposals to organise EDM festivals in the state.
“As far as Sunburn is concerned, we will not allow them until they clear pending dues of previous festivals to the government,” he said.
The Tourism Minister in a written reply to a question tabled by Quepem MLA Chandrakant Kavlekar, last year had said that promoters of Sunburn and Supersonic, which had organised EDM festivals in Goa in the years from 2012-13 to 2015-16, have outstanding dues of around Rs 8.5 crore to the state government.