Goa government to request centre to identify cause of tarball pollution on Goa’s beaches

GT Desk
Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Sawant also said that the beaches which have been polluted with tarballs will be cleared in time.

The menace of tarballs has gripped many of Goa beaches this year with increased severity including popular tourist beaches. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Wednesday said that he will write to the Union Home Ministry and also the shipping ministry to identify the cause of tarballs on Goa’s beaches.

Speaking to the media persons, Sawant said, “we discussed the tarball issue with the goa pollution board, tourism department and environment department in the meeting and have decided to write letters to the home ministry. We will request the Home Ministry to take strict action against people who are indulging in the deep-sea and high sea population It is a west coast problem, which impacts the entire stretch.”

Sawant’s comments come days after tarballs have been found deposited on several beaches in Goa, resulting in dark, ugly streaks on the beach sand.

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Sawant also said that the beaches which have been polluted with tarballs will be cleared in time.

Currently, beach cleaning agencies are employed by the tourism department is clearing the beaches of tarballs. The Karnataka Commercial and Industrial Corporation has collected 760 bags of tarballs from the beaches of North and South Goa.

The phenomenon which occurs every year has been found on beaches in North Goa including along the sands of the Miramar beach in the capital city, Anjuna beach in North Goa as well as beaches further North including Morjim, Mandrem, Keri, as well as Colva beach in South Goa.

Tourism industry stakeholders in the state have repeatedly urged the Goa government to take up the matter with the central authorities in order to ensure a permanent solution.

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