PANAJI: The police in North Goa have begun patrolling the beaches on motorcycles from Monday while the South Goa police have already started it.
“The patrolling has been initiated in public interest in order to ensure safety and security to citizens on the beaches and prevention of crime,” said North Goa SP Chandan Chowdhary.
The police in North Goa will cover Arambol-Morjim beach stretch, Vagator-Anjuna beach stretch, Baga-Calangute beach stretch, Sinquerim beach stretch and also Miramar-Dona Paula beach stretch.
The police personnel on motorcycles will patrol the beaches till midnight, the police said adding that four motorcycles have been assigned for the task.
According to the police, it has been observed that even during the offseason a sizeable number of tourists visit the beaches.
Number of drowning incidents have taken place while recently there was a case of gang-rape in Betalbatim (South Goa), and as such as a proactive measure the beach patrolling has been undertaken, the police said.
While the permissions are awaited from the authorities in North Goa, patrolling on the beaches has been started in the public interest for prevention of crime and protection of citizens, informed the police, adding, moreover, the territorial jurisdiction extends upto 12 nautical miles in the sea.
It may be recalled that in order to make beaches more secure, the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) has 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 had also written to the authorities.