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Mumbai plans to break free of Goa’s shackles

Inspired by the raging tourism industry and ever growing popularity of beach shacks in Goa, beaches in Mumbai will now have their very own version of Goa.

The beaches of Mumbai could look like some of those in Goa, with shacks, showers and seafood. That’s what the Government of Maharashtra hopes to achieve at least, in the hope that they can lay claim to some piece of the tourism pie, making it seem like Mumbai plans to break free of Goa’s Shack-les.

Reports suggest that Maharashtra will frame a shack policy for the beaches of Versova, Marve, Madh, Aksa, etc., on the coast north of Andheri. These shacks will likely serve seafood and soft drinks, however there is no clarity on whether alcohol will be on the menu.

In addition, the shacks are expected to have basic amenities such as showers, toilets, changing rooms, beach-safety equipment and first-aid kits. Probably the Government of Goa could pick on this point and have showers, toilets, changing rooms on our pristine beaches in Goa too.

“The state has a 720km coastline spread over Mumbai, Palghar, Thane, Ratnagiri, Raigad and Sindhudurg. Minister of state (tourism) Madan Yerawar wants to frame a policy along with the comprehensive beach tourism development plan for the coast to be ready in a month. It will be tabled before the cabinet for approval,” said an official, to the Times of India.

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