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In Goa, Drinking Alcohol in Public Will Attract Heavy Fine from August 15

Manohar Parrikar also warned against littering the state capital will empty beer bottles, adding that he had caught and cautioned college students found drinking beer along the newly developed river front here.


Updated:July 17, 2018, 8:01 AM IST
In Goa, Drinking Alcohol in Public Will Attract Heavy Fine from August 15
File photo of Manohar Parrikar.

Panjim: Drinking alcohol at public places in Goa will attract heavy fine from August 15, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar announced today.

Addressing a gathering after opening the incubation centre at the state-run Economic Development Corporation (EDC) here, Parrikar said the fine for littering and carrying plastic bags would also go up from the next month.

"There is something called civic responsibility. The footpath which is developed along the river in Panaji city is being used by the people for drinking beer," he said.

The chief minister said, "There will be heavy fine for drinking in public from the next month. We will implement the decision from August 15 onwards".

However, he didn't specify the amount.

He said littering would also attract a steeper fine.

The fine for carrying plastic bags will be increased from Rs 100 to Rs 2500.

"I think that is the only way we can control this menace," he said.

Parrikar also lashed out at the citizens who dump flowers by wrapping them in plastic in the Mandovi river after offering them to God.

"Every day we get the old bridge cleaned up. Every day I see some flowers being thrown on it. People think that they are doing great religious service by throwing flower in the water. You can throw flowers in water but not in plastic bags. Half the flowers are thrown on the footpath on the bridge," the chief minister said.

| Edited by: Naqshib Nisar
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