How would you improve Goa?


#1 Mar 22nd, 2017, 15:17
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I really enjoy being in Goa, have since I was a kid and continue to do so now that I have kids! Though I agree, things have gone downhill since the glory days, but honestly, where haven't they?

Since I'm not a resident (but plan to be eventually) there isn't much I can do on a day to day basis, but I'm a fairly good organizer and think together we can create enough waves to make the right people take notice and get things done on the ground.

Might not work, but instead of moaning and complaining it would at least feel good to try and contribute to improving the Goa experience for tourists and residents alike.

So let's start by listing what improvements are needed and then we can work out how we can help in getting them done. Let's keep this to local civic issues that can be solved in the short term.

I'll start with some of the bigger issues that need doing:

1. Clean up - stuff like cleaner beaches / trash collection / banning plastic bags & bottles / etc

2. Beach facilities - Loos, showers, maybe even lockers at each beach would be great.

3. Local transport - Cheap, safe, local transport.

The problems are massive, I'm aware of that, however one has to start somewhere.
All help and suggestions are appreciated.
Thanks in advance!
#2 Mar 23rd, 2017, 19:30
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I have been visiting Goa for 14 years and the biggest problem is the litter strewn everywhere. We took some friends this year and they loved it but were shocked by the amount paper and plastic deposited by the roadside and on some beaches.
A big clean up is definitely required, but, I did notice that the biggest culprits on the beaches are locals who go to have a picnic or family gathering, they leave paper plates, bottles and cans where they were eating/partying and go home. maybe they don't take it home as there isn't a regular refuse collection, but it certainly surprised me to see people messing up their own doorstep.
Plastic bottles are a big problem, especially as most soft drinks seem to come packaged in them, but placing bins by the beach and roadside would help.

Maybe a clean up would be easier if they simply piled it all up and burned it, this would certainly look better than paper all over the place.
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Well, one thing that can be done to reduce plastic bottles, not just in Goa, but all over the country, is if restaurants started serving boiled drinking water to patrons. We travelled all over the country the whole of last year and found that it was only in Kerala that most restaurants would, by default, place a jug of drinking water on the table. In very touristy places like Goa and Hampi, the default was 'packaged' "mineral" water bottles and even of you asked for 'normal' drinking water, they would say they had none (then what do they cook the food in?!)

We carried around 2 metal water bottles all around the country last year, and never got sick once. We filled our bottles at railway stations, shady guest houses, public drinking water stations, bus stations, dhabbas, even from a couple of streams in Meghalaya and Sikkim. I'm not saying that everyone has the same constitution and obviously travellers from countries with a generally higher level of sanitation than ours will not be used to the water here and may need to rely on bottled water.

But something needs to be done about the ridiculous amount of packaged drinking water bottles being sold and scattered around the country.
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Originally Posted by amitmanikoth View Post Well, one thing that can be done to reduce plastic bottles, not just in Goa, but all over the country, is if restaurants started serving boiled drinking water to patrons. We travelled all over the country the whole of last year and found that it was only in Kerala that most restaurants would, by default, place a jug of drinking water on the table. In very touristy places like Goa and Hampi, the default was 'packaged' "mineral" water bottles and even of you asked for 'normal' drinking water, they would say they had none (then what do they cook the food in?!)

We carried around 2 metal water bottles all around the country last year, and never got sick once. We filled our bottles at railway stations, shady guest houses, public drinking water stations, bus stations, dhabbas, even from a couple of streams in Meghalaya and Sikkim. I'm not saying that everyone has the same constitution and obviously travellers from countries with a generally higher level of sanitation than ours will not be used to the water here and may need to rely on bottled water.

But something needs to be done about the ridiculous amount of packaged drinking water bottles being sold and scattered around the country.
I think the problem is that many foreign tourists will not accept water served in a jug. Shacks do not have the time to boil water for every customer, although they could keep a large vat of filtered as we do at home.
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Originally Posted by mwzd View Post I really enjoy being in Goa, have since I was a kid and continue to do so now that I have kids! Though I agree, things have gone downhill since the glory days, but honestly, where haven't they?

Since I'm not a resident (but plan to be eventually) there isn't much I can do on a day to day basis, but I'm a fairly good organizer and think together we can create enough waves to make the right people take notice and get things done on the ground.

Might not work, but instead of moaning and complaining it would at least feel good to try and contribute to improving the Goa experience for tourists and residents alike.

So let's start by listing what improvements are needed and then we can work out how we can help in getting them done. Let's keep this to local civic issues that can be solved in the short term.

I'll start with some of the bigger issues that need doing:

1. Clean up - stuff like cleaner beaches / trash collection / banning plastic bags & bottles / etc

2. Beach facilities - Loos, showers, maybe even lockers at each beach would be great.

3. Local transport - Cheap, safe, local transport.

The problems are massive, I'm aware of that, however one has to start somewhere.
All help and suggestions are appreciated.
Thanks in advance!
By "Goa", you mean the beach areas.? We only visit the South, from Karwar.

However there the garbage situation is improving with bins in many villages (but are they emptied?). Obviously a long way to go for shack areas etc.

Beach facilities would be expensive, there used to be a changing hut on Palolem beach but it disappeared some years ago.

Plenty of buses are available.
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Originally Posted by 2place View Post By "Goa", you mean the beach areas.? We only visit the South, from Karwar.
No, I mean the entire state, though since IndiaMike's focus is tourism it's mostly going to be related to areas that affect tourists. But open to suggestions about every area of improvement.

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Originally Posted by 2place View Post Beach facilities would be expensive, there used to be a changing hut on Palolem beach but it disappeared some years ago.
Not really, a basic toilet / shower / locker facility can be licensed by the govt, just like they do shacks.

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Originally Posted by 2place View Post Plenty of buses are available.
Yes plenty of buses are available, though I'm not sure how comfortable they are and none of the private 'buses' that operate offer any level of safety, specially for the non-resident tourists.
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Give it back to the Portuguese!
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Hahahaha, problem with that is they might re-start murdering locals and that might not assist with the safety issue.
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Please, please... can I give it back to the Portugese? And while I am at it, I would like to give it back to the British too
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Originally Posted by capt_mahajan View Post ... give it back to the British ...
(Was it EVER under British rule?)

A sight I will remember (unfortunately), for evermore, are the scars on the land from open-cast mining - as one flies from Bombay to Panjim and enters Goa airspace. The evident corruption can be seen from 33,000 feet, alas.

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Hmm. Address the corruption.
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How about boycotting Goa till the points mentioned in the first post are not taken care of?
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Alas, I am not half as funny as I thought I was
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I am not one of the Shhh... can't talk about what's wrong with India crowd. Far from it. Very far from it.

But a bunch of tourists asking each other "how would you improve Goa," makes me wonder if they shouldn't be going to Portugal instead?
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Originally Posted by aarosh View Post How about boycotting Goa till the points mentioned in the first post are not taken care of?
Yes you all boycott Goa and then i'll slip on in and enjoy the empty beaches and discounts all alone.
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Originally Posted by ViShVa View Post Hmm. Address the corruption.
Too much of an ask imo, anywhere in the world.

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Originally Posted by aarosh View Post How about boycotting Goa till the points mentioned in the first post are not taken care of?
Not an option, plus I doubt 5 of us not going will be noticed by anyone.

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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post But a bunch of tourists asking each other "how would you improve Goa," makes me wonder if they shouldn't be going to Portugal instead?
Goa is way older than the Portuguese and like I said in the first post, got to start somewhere.

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Originally Posted by ananda2193 View Post Yes you all boycott Goa and then i'll slip on in and enjoy the empty beaches and discounts all alone.
One can always hope right?

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