The authorities should fine such illegal reps and tour guides with very heavy fines and even deport them if necessary. These people come and deprive the locals of their daily bread earnings.
The tourist police cell of Goa police on Wednesday apprehended a Russian national in connection with allegedly illegally escorting tourists to Dudhsagar waterfalls, without a valid work visa. Tourist department officials say he assured them he had the required documents and produced some on Thursday, while promising to return with more on Friday.
Locals claimed that there are more such ‘guides’, but police ignored their advice on how to go about nabbing them, and as a result, managed to apprehend only one ‘guide’. They said that among the nine buses that they stopped, the foreigners acting as ‘guides’ mixed with the tourists and were not traceable, while five other buses escaped through another route.
Repeated complaints have been filed, along with photographic and video evidence, to the police inspector, Collem police station, director general of police, Panaji, director of tourism, president of the travel and tourism association of Goa, president of tourist guides federation of India (Goa Chapter), for more than a year now, regarding foreigners involved in illegal activities, including being a tourist guide, an escort or translators for tourists at Dudhsagar waterfalls, without valid work visas, sources said.