New Years’ stream of tourist to Goa has increased by 20%
Thousands of local and foreign tourists arrived in Goa to greet the year 2013 and to take part in the celebration of the New Year. According to the Prime Minister Manohar Parrikar, the stream of tourists to Goa in November and December compared to the same period last year has increased by 20%.
Therefore, the State Government has taken increased security measures in the area of the coastal strip, where organizers planned maximum number of events and parties on New Year's Eve. More than 1,200 police officers were placed in areas where they expect a gathering of tourists, such as churches, open-air dance floors, beaches and border crossing points.
In the state they established changes in the handling of traffic for vehicles in such areas like Baga, Calangute and Colva — the most visited tourist destinations of Goa.
On the outskirts of Calangute the traffic passes along the route of: St Alex Church — St Anthony Chapel — St Joseph School in Calangute – Calangute — Baga. Further traffic in the direction of Baga Beach becomes one-sided. An outbound route is established through the connection of Hacienda or from the new bridge in Baga. In the area between the interchange of Baga — Calangute and Baga’s bridge, the parking is prohibited. Vehicles are also not allowed to park on both sides of the road in Candolim in the area between the bus stop and Sanquelim beach.
In South Goa the traffic of four-wheeled transport in the area between La Ben Resort and Colva beach is banned, the route is re-routed around Betalbatim and at Sea Pearl. In the area of Colva Beach, a section of the main road between the beach and the traffic circle, and between La Ben Resort Sea Pearl hotel and car parking is prohibited.