Goa Beach Vigil App

Chief Minister of Goa, Pramod Sawant, launched the “Beach Vigil App”, by keeping in light the tourism sector and beaches of Goa.

Why was this app launched?

  • The app was launched with the aim of benefiting travellers as well as those working in tourism sector.
  • It aims to holistically manage the beaches.

How is this app going to help?

  • This app will cover everything, ranging from reporting illegal hawkers to beach cleanliness.
  • Through this app, people can file complaint regarding any illegal activity or violation.
  • It will also open several future avenues in collaboration of information technology and tourism sector.
  • Through this app, it would be easier for Drishti workers, police and other stakeholders to raise issues, for safeguarding travellers’ interest.
  • It will also help stakeholders in beach cleaning initiatives.

Government’s plan

Government of Goa is in process of finalising an integrated plan for beach cleaning. Government also plans to make Goa among top 25 destinations for start-ups in Asia by 2025.

Why is beach cleaning important for Goa?

Tourism activity in Goa is usually promoted along the coastal areas and on beaches. This state is a destination of choice for Indian as well foreign tourist, especially Britons and Russian travellers. It stands 6th among top ten Nightlife cities worldwide in National Geographic Travel. Water sport is the main attraction of state. Popular beaches include Baga and Calangute, which offer jet-skiing, banana boat rides, water scooter rides, parasailing etc. Patnem beach in Palolem was ranked third in top 20 beaches of CNN Travel, in Asia.

Historical Sites in Goa

State of Goa has two popular World Heritage Sites, viz., Convents of Old Goa and Bom Jesus Basilica & Churches. Bom Jesus Basilica is the showcase of mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier, which is honored by Catholics as patron saint of Goa. Important forts in Goa include Chapora, Tiracol, Corjuem, Reis Magos, Aguada, Mormugao, Nanus, Cabo de Rana and Fort Gaspar Dias.

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