Maharashtra’s 720 km-long Konkan coastline is all set for an upgrade. Just like Goa, tourists will soon be able to savour seafood and enjoy liquor on the beaches of Mumbai, thanks to the state government’s new shack policy.
After much debate, liquor will finally be allowed on the beaches with permission from the excise department, reports The Times of India. “Restricting liquor at tourist spots like beaches will lead to encouraging the illegal supply of liquor, or shacks may fail to be an attraction for tourists,” a senior official told the publication.
Enforcement cells or flying squads will be deployed to ensure safety.
Illegal shacks, however, will be shut down and penalties will be imposed on them by designated officers. A CCTV will be made compulsory to monitor any illegal activities like drug trafficking etc. and they will have to be reported by the beach shack applicant.
Foreigners will not be allowed to work in shacks, even if they have a work visa. The shacks will be allowed to function from 7 am to 11:30 pm, with no loud music after 10 pm.
As long as the music doesn’t travel outside the shack, it can be played. Music systems beyond the permissible limit will be taken away, reports TOI.
The state government will allow these shacks to operate from September to May, but not during the monsoon season. This policy is subject to approval by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
Measures will be taken to ensure safety as well as cleanliness. They have suggested the shacks be made of eco-friendly and resilient materials, which can withstand the coast’s unpredictable weather. They will ensure there is provision for fire cover or first aid and portable toilets are also going to be introduced.
A number of such measures have been included in the police.