Maharashtra could get a 'Goa-like' coastline with shacks, seafood and liquor!

The Maharashtra State Government has come up with a beach shack policy to promote the 720 km coastline as a tourist destination

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The state government (Maharashtra) has come up with a beach shack policy to promote the 720 km coastline as a tourist destination which means there will be shacks, seafood, liquor on the beaches! Wohooo! Now no need to head to Goa every time you crave for a drink or meal by the beach.

Union Road Transport Ministry is developing the INR 10,000 Cr Mumbai-Goa coastal road project with a view to developing the tourism circuit along the 720-km long coast in Maharashtra. 

Now, this is something! Although sheesha won’t be permitted on these shacks, the ministry says they will take responsibility to ensure the safety of the people. 


Policy Pointers


  • Beach shack applicants must not be involved in illegal activities, including trafficking in drugs, immoral activities and the applicant will have to report any such cases to police or MTDC officials.
  • The shacks will operate from 7:00 am-11.30 pm and there will be restrictions on the volume of music.
  • No loud music beyond 10:00 pm and the music played should be heard only within the shack premises and should not disturb occupants of surrounding shacks.
  • Any music system comprising speakers and amplifiers beyond the permissible limits will be confiscated
  • The shacks will operate during nine months of the year, from September to May, excluding the monsoon.
  • The beaches and number of shacks will be announced once the policy is approved by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

So do you think this project could work? Does the government really need to clean up beaches and focus on tourism along the coastline? 


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