GTDC knocks on GSIDC’s door to get beaches cleaned

This is the GTDC for you…they cannot manage whats they have to but are ready to jump into new avenues where they can rake a fast buck


With sessions court vacating the stay granted to beach cleaning contractors – Bhumika Cleantech Services, and Ram Cleaners and Developers Pvt Ltd — the ball is now in the tourism department’s court to make an arrangement to clean beaches without further delay as the tourist season is almost halfway through.

The Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) had declared that no outside agency would be appointed to clean beaches. It will take up the cleaning process by employing local youth on contract basis. But last week when sessions court rejected the applications by two contractors seeking relief as well as the status quo granted was vacated, the GTDC was far from ready to take up the cleaning job, a source said.

As a stop-gap arrangement, the GTDC has decided to request the Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC) to supply labour for beach cleaning as there is hardly any time to float a tender.

The GSIDC has contractors to collect waste dumped along the high ways. The waste is then sent to the Saligao treatment plant.

 A one-month show cause notice was issued to beach cleaning contractors in September for terminating the controversial beach cleaning contract. The contractors challenged the notice before the sessions court and got a stay.

Since September, a source said, the GTDC had time to keep a plan ready after the court case ended. “It didn’t have to scramble halfway through the tourist season, now,” the source said.

A lifeguard posted at Calangute beach said, more than waste, they were worried about broken glass bottles left on the beach which lead to cuts on the feet. “We see maximum cases at the year-end. If the cut is severe, we refer them to a health center,” said a lifeguard.