With the end of December 2015 came tourists leaving behind loads of garbage, plastic waste which were strewn along the beach belt of Calangute and Candolim.
The low income tourists who flocked in large number cooked in the open, drank on the beach, defecated in the open and molested women along the Baga-Sinquerim beach belt.
Shockingly, government authorities, the Tourism Department personnel or police were not present, neither to penalise those who litter nor to place additional bins. Ironically, the Goan taxpayer has to pay for cleaning public places after every festival or season.
The two EDMs Sunburn and Supersonic failed to get business along the beach belt. Due to massive traffic jams, loud music and poor infrastructure, high end tourists went to other destinations where they could enjoy the peace and tranquility of the vacation.
The business community along the beach belt speaking to this daily said that their business was badly affected as many high end tourists had gone to other destinations as shack owners and hoteliers were charging them double the normal cost.
Shacks closed business at 12.30 a.m. at Candolim as most of the tourists who came to the beach, partied by carrying their own liquor. The shack owners said that there was no police available to keep a check at the Candolim beach.
Locals had to come to the rescue of women tourists who were molested along the Titos lane and Candolim beach. According to a local, police were mere spectators and did nothing to rescue the women.
The Calangute sarpanch Filomena Fernandes said that business was badly affected for the first time in Calangute as the two mega musical shows did not contribute to local business. She said that high-end tourists did not visit the musical shows and business was down by 50 per cent.
The Calangute deputy sarpanch Joseph Sequeira said that he had brought to the notice of the deputy collector that tourists are defecating in the open, cooking food and drinking in the open. He said that the police had failed to control the huge crowd of tourists at Calangute.
Raskin Mascarenhas who runs a tourist taxi business said that his taxi drivers had to wait the whole day to get business. He said that due to poor business taxi drivers were willing to come below the usual rate.
Peter Ferrao from Candolim said that he and his family missed the midnight mass on New Year’s Eve as they were caught in a traffic jam near Sinquerim for several hours. Ferrao said that there were hardly any traffic cops stationed to regulate the traffic.
The Calangute MLA Michael Lobo said that the tourism during the Christmas season was very poor in the coastal belt and stakeholders must come together to find a solution to this problem.