South Goa police have begun patrolling the beaches on motorcycles while the police in North Goa are awaiting permissions for the same.
“We have deployed four motorcycles for beach patrolling in South Goa. All the major beaches have been covered,” said Superintendent of Police Dinraj Govenkar, who is holding the additional charge as SP South.
According to police, beach patrolling has been undertaken in the interest of public for prevention of crime. Govenkar said, “Police personnel on motorcycle are patrolling the beaches from morning till night depending on the presence of visitors.”
In order to make beaches more secure, the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) had recently granted permission for motorcycle patrolling on the beaches of South Goa from Velsao to Canacona shoreline. While granting the permission, the authority has laid down conditions that no patrolling will be undertaken at Galgibaga turtle nesting sites and that no sand dune vegetation will be disturbed at any of the beaches.
The GCZMA had received a letter in November last year from the additional district magistrate-I, South, forwarded through superintendent of police, South Goa, requesting permission for patrolling
South Goa beaches on motorcycles.
Similarly, the police in North Goa will also conduct beach patrolling using motorcycles and are awaiting green signal from the authorities.
“Five motorcycles will be utilised for patrolling the prominent beaches in North Goa. Beaches such as Calangute, Anjuna, Miramar and others which are frequented by tourists will be covered,” said North Goa SP Chandan Chowdhary.
Apart from this, the Goa coastal police are in the process of procuring seven ‘all-terrain vehicles’ in view of coastal security and it will also help patrol beaches for safety and security reasons.