Goa will use state of the art machines to keep its beaches tidy from December.

Those booking flights to Goa to enjoy the state’s fabulous beaches in the future can rest assured that the golden sands and turquoise waters will stay pristine.

At the moment, the sands are cleaned by hand, but the Goan government is to invest in large cleaning machines, which will scour the beaches of debris.

Tourism minister Dileep Parulekar told IANS that the scheme could be underway by December.

As Goa’s beaches are home to a rich and diverse ecosystem, environmentalists had expressed concerns that the switch from manual to mechanical cleaning could have an adverse effect on the wildlife in the area.

“Environmentalists can attend the demonstration, so that they can see that no animal life which lives in the sand on the beaches is disturbed. The machines do not interfere even with sand patterns,” Parulekar said.

The machines will first be rolled on the state’s most popular beaches – the 20 km stretch of coast from Baga to Sinquerim.

Written by Ruth Marshal

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