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Tourism Department Ignores Approval Panel and Seeks Government Authorizations | Goa News

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Panaji: Although it was the state-level permissions committee that issues recommendations for mega-events, due to the pandemic situation, the tourism department first approached the government, seeking a nod “in principle” for the Sunburn electronic dance music festival, which has been proposed to be held in December.
For a year and a half, with the pandemic, the department has hardly received any proposal. Currently, Sunburn’s application for detention is still pending with the government.
“Due to the pandemic situation, we are seeking government authorization,” an official said.
“Under normal circumstances, proposals are first submitted to the state-level licensing committee, and their suggestions are passed on to the government. Subsequently, a final decision on a mega-event is made, ”said the head of tourism.
“It is only if the government grants the authorization that the request will be submitted to the state-level committee,” he added.
The official said they had not received any further offers to host mega-events for December. However, the ministry would follow the same path for any new proposals received, he said. The state level committee can make suggestions on how to move and other aspects.
Sunburn organizers are keen to host the event this season. They also announced that they would only sell tickets to those who have been fully vaccinated and promised protocols would be followed.
The government has allowed almost all tourism-related activities since last week, but has yet to suggest whether or not it is in favor of holding the event as the tourist flow has increased. Attendance is likely to increase on weekends and long weekends.
Recently, Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar told TOI that they are very much in favor of allowing sunburns, but not at the expense of the safety and security of the people of Goa.
The state reports around 100 new infections every day.
A trader in North Goa said that with or without permission, many would hold small or moderate concerts in November and December if the situation remained the same – that is, without an alarming increase in Covid cases warranting restrictions . “Some of my friends are getting ready for December because they believe Goa will see a phenomenal increase in arrivals. People want to have fun because they are bored sitting at home, ”he said.


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