Beach shack licences to be given this week

Never before have the shacks been delayed for this long…. shows how much the stared hotels have managed to delay the government from delaying the issue of licences.


Licences to beach shacks will be issued by the end of this week as soon as the tourism department, Goa state pollution control board (GSPCB) and Goa state coastal zone management authority (GCZMA) complete joint inspection of shacks.

Many of the beach shacks in the Calangute-Candolim beach belt have started functioning over the last few days, though some of the bigger shacks, with elaborate interiors, are yet to commence operations.

Tourism director Sanjeev Gauns Dessai said the joint inspection started on Monday, which they hope to complete in the next two-three days, and after which licenses will be issued.

Asked about the delay in issuing licenses, he said they waited until everyone erected their shacks and then conducted the inspection to avoid any trouble later. “We didn’t issue licenses first as we wanted to ensure that allottees set up shacks within the area earmarked to them,” said Dessai.

A total of 364 shacks were allotted earlier this month with maximum allowed in the Calangute-Candolim beach belt, but the licence period of these shacks will be of one-year as against the three-year period of shacks allotted at other beaches.

 Speaking to TOI, Shack Owners Welfare Society (SOWS) secretary John Lobo said the tourism department has informed them that in view of the report given by experts on the carrying capacity of the beaches in Goa, the number of beach shacks on the Calangute-Candolim stretch needs to be reduced slightly.
The number of shacks will be maintained at the same level as last season for this season, John Lobo said. “The situation will be reviewed at the end of the season, and only then a decision on the number of shacks for the next season will be taken,” he said.
The Calangute-Candolim beach belt has around 200 beach shacks – 125 in Calangute and 75 in Candolim – more than half of the total number of beach shacks in Goa. The shacks are a source of livelihood for many in the coastal belt, besides also being popular with tourists.