It is nothing short of good news for all! Soon, chilling by the seaside, enjoying a pint of beer and grooving to music will be the most happening thing for tourists visiting Maharashtra. Travellers who always preferred beach destination ‘Goa’ for the ultimate beach holiday, can now look forward to the same experience in Maharashtra soon. The state government has come up with a beach shack policy to promote tourism.
As per the Maharashtra government’s Beach Shack Policy, the 720 km long coastline of Maharashtra will serve liquor and seafood to the tourists in beach shacks; however, hookah won’t be allowed. The shacks will operate from 7 am to 11:30 pm. The seasonal shacks, that are expected to bring considerable revenue to the tourism sector, will be operative from the months of September to May. The government also plans to set up enforcement cell or flying squads and compulsory installation of a CCTV surveillance system for security measures. Moreover, foreigners will not be permitted to work in the shacks even though they may have a work visa. The policy also states that beach shack applicants must no be involved in any kind of illegal activities including drug trafficking, immoral activities or paedophilia.
The beaches and number of shacks will be announced once the policy is okayed by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. The policy will be applicable for all seven districts of the Konkan region — Mumbai city, Mumbai suburban, Thane, Raigad, Palghar, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg.