Panaji, Oct 5 (IANS) The Congress has raised question over the safety of beachgoers a day after a tourist died and his pregnant wife was seriously injured in a lightening strike on the Candolim beach.
A 35-year-old tourist from Delhi Chaitanya Nagpal died in the freak accident. His wife is recuperating at a local hospital.
State Congress chief Girish Chodankar, here on Saturday, also questioned the Rs 141.50 crore spent on the beach safety and lifeguard services on beaches in the last five years. No rescue vehicle or other facilities were available on the Candolim beach when the freak accident occurred, he said.
“The death of a tourist and injuries to his wife in a lightning strike on the Candolim beach raise questions on the much-hyped beach safety and lifeguard services of the Goa tourism department on which the government has spent Rs 141.50 crore in the last five years,” Chodankar said.
According to the lifeguard and beach safety contract, it’s mandatory for the contractor to deploy equipments and infrastructure in good working condition. “The Chief Minister must clarify whether the emergency equipments and rescue vehicle were available on the beach when the lightning struck,” Chodankar said.
Goa’s tourism season stretches from October to March. Last year, nearly eight million tourists visited the coastal state.