April 14th, 2017
One of the world’s most popular nightlife destinations will now not be allowed to have late night parties beyond 10 pm. Manohar Parrikar, Goa Chief Minister said in his statement on 13th April 2017, that any activity which is not permitted in the law will not be allowed. “As per law, after 10 p.m. you cannot play loud music. If there is no permission, there is no question of banning it. Law says you can play loud music till 10 p.m., after taking permission”. This was with reference to the ban on the late night and rave parties, which was demanded by Goa Water Resources Minister, Vinod Palyekar.
“As per law, after 10 pm you cannot play loud music. If there is no permission, there is no question of banning it. Law says you can play loud music till 10 pm, after taking permission”, said the CM. This was in reference to the ban on the late night and rave parties, which was demanded by Goa Water Resources Minister, Vinod Palyekar.
Palyekar represents Siolim constituency in North Goa, which has several popular beaches that are thronged by numerous tourists every year. Palyekar had expressed his concern when demanding the ban, saying, “Our coast is infested with the sale and trafficking of drugs. There is absolutely no control over it. We need to stop it. First of all, we need to stop the rave parties and all night parties which are happening here as there is an abuse of drugs in them”.
Palyekar had further claimed that he had called the police and instructed them to stop late night police. However, the police were turning a blind eye to such parties which are “against our culture”, and hence need to be shut down immediately, he added.
Palyekar complained that late night music continued until 3-4 am, despite various warnings and reminders, causing disturbances for senior citizens and students studying for their exams.
“There is a legal ban on holding parties after 10 pm in the state. The ban has been upheld by the state government. There is no controversy about it,” Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said. He further added, “Strict instructions have been given to the police department to crack down on drugs, prostitution and illegal gambling activity in the state. What Palyekar is speaking is about late night parties and already there is a ban on it”.
Chief Minister Parrikar said, “All such sales along the highways would be restrained except the sale of vegetables if it is not hindering the traffic movement”. He also assured that any crime against women would not be tolerated in the state, adding that, “Every complaint of crime against women would be investigated in detail and thorough action would be taken”.
The Logical Indian condemns Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s move to disallow late night parties and loud music beyond 10 pm in Goa as the state thrives on tourism. People from all over the world visit its beaches to attend parties at night. It is a shortsighted viewpoint of the government to link late night partying with “Indian culture” as maximum earnings of the state come from these parties, which are also the basis of livelihood of the locals. The government’s decision would have been rational if partying and loud music were disallowed in residential areas, but prohibiting them across the state is an unreasonable move which is bound to adversely affect the local population and substantially decrease the state exchequer’s earnings.