Goa hotels to start 'animal farms' to gobble up garbage

Panaji, Jan 21 (IANS) Star hotels and resorts in Goa could soon have pigs, cows and poultry to gobble up their garbage generated in-house.

Such "animal farms" operated by hotels is on the agenda of Francis Braganza, president of the Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG), who said that if the government isn't able to resolve the garbage crisis in Goa, the tourism industry should step in and take the problem head on.

"There is a lot of food waste that is generated in hotels. Starting piggeries, dairies and poultry units could help in disposing of most of it. It will keep garbage off the roads," Braganza told IANS on the sidelines of a tourism meet here.

Goa is one of the favourite beach destinations in Asia, but over the last few years an astronomical increase in tourists and a stagnant infrastructure has resulted in chaos.

And the beach paradise's grubby slip is beginning to show.

The state's roads, beaches and water bodies are polluted by biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste. And the mess is beginning to hurt Goa's tourism interests with the state government unable to zero in on a site for a garbage waste disposal facility.

Goa's Tourism Secretary Matthew Samuel believes that the day Goa begins to take tourist inflow for granted would be the day when the state will start to take a beating. The numbers are already telling the story, according to Samuel.

"Poor garbage management will take a toll on tourism. This is already indicative from the fact that Goa is getting lower tourist arrivals," Samuel said.

Tourism industry stakeholders and the government have woken up to the garbage menace only now. But several tourists and non-residents Goans (NRG) have expressed their disgust at the manner in which the authorities have been quiet and lethargic in handling the garbage issue.

"A lot of feedback that society gets is that Germans don't want to come here because Goa cannot solve its garbage problem," said Aurobindo Xavier, a professor at a university in Munich, who also heads an NRG group in Germany.

At a time when the garbage menace is beginning to assume mammoth proportions, solutions like the one provided by Goa's Public Works Department (PWD) Minister Sudin Dhavalikar do not help.

Dhavalikar described garbage rightly as a "growing demon" at a cleanliness campaign last week. He added that garbage must be disposed of within households, something which is not practically possible, given the fact that most Goan cities and villages do not even have a sewerage system.

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar's administration had promised to clean Goa of visible plastic within six months of coming to power in March last year before putting a comprehensive garbage disposal mechanism in place. That too hasn't happened yet.

Goa's beaches annually see 2.6 million tourists, nearly half a million of whom are foreigners.

(Mayabhushan Nagvenkar can be contacted at mayabhushan.n@ians.in)

Matches

MORE TOP STORIES TODAY

Kallis, Narine star in Knight Riders’ crushing win

Kallis, Narine star in Knight Riders’ crushing win

An all-round display saw Knight Riders thump Mumbai Indians by 41 runs in the IPL-7 opener. More »

Pietersen to miss Delhi's first game

Pietersen to miss Delhi's first game

The former England batsman will have to lead the franchise as he is out of the match against Bangalore with a finger injury. More »

Srinivasan named in fixing report: SC

Srinivasan named in fixing report: SC

The court emphasised that the tainted administrator can no longer work for the BCCI. More »

'If you do the wrong thing it will be found out'

'If you do the wrong thing it will be found out'

'Everyone knows what is right and what is wrong and if you do the wrong thing it will be found out' More »

Why I'm not looking forward to the IPL

Why I'm not looking forward to the IPL

Welcome to another season of a league that many watch but few trust. More »

Mitchell Johnson may quit T20s for Test cricket

Mitchell Johnson may quit T20s for Test cricket

Australia's Mitchell Johnson may quit limited-overs cricket to prolong his test career with an eye on the 2015 Ashes series in England, the fast bowler… More »

There's a lot going on: Fleming

There's a lot going on: Fleming

He experienced anxious moments in the lead-up to the tournament as the courts decided on whether to suspend the franchise, he said, but stressed that the… More »

Latif couldn’t work with tainted players

Latif couldn’t work with tainted players

Former Pakistan cricket captain Rashid Latif said Tuesday he turned down the job of national chief selector because he could not work with ex-players tainted… More »

We are not over-confident: Bailey

We are not over-confident: Bailey

Indian Premier League — George Bailey-led Kings XI Punjab will face Chennai Super Kings on Friday. More »

Taxing issue — BCCI hits roadblock

Taxing issue — BCCI hits roadblock

MoU between BCCI & its units to avoid double taxation delayed after a few decline to share details. More »

Big runs expected, with bat and ball

Big runs expected, with bat and ball

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Their main concern, once again, is the fast bowling More »

Black Caps pick rookie duo for West Indies

Black Caps pick rookie duo for West Indies

New Zealand selectors included two new caps in a 15-man Test squad named Tuesday to tour the West Indies, with injury-hit spinner Dan Vettori's future… More »

The stage is set for IPL-7 to start

The stage is set for IPL-7 to start

The Preview — Defending champions Mumbai Indians take on Kolkata Knight Riders More »

Srinivasan appeals to court to allow BCCI comeback

Srinivasan appeals to court to allow BCCI comeback

He was aggrieved by the allegations against him during the hearing. More »

Klinger on his exit from South Australia

Klinger on his exit from South Australia

Michael Klinger has revealed he felt compelled to leave South Australia after being told he would be only a fringe part of the Redbacks' plans for next season, and disputed the suggestion that he left… More »

India: cricket's Brazil

India: cricket's Brazil

They are tough to beat with a big talent base exposed to good facilities. (CYCSPL) More »

Delhi Daredevils say no to gifts

Delhi Daredevils say no to gifts

Franchises are doing their bit to refurbish the image of the tainted league. More »

India-Pakistan Test series likely in 2015

India-Pakistan Test series likely in 2015

The revival of Indo-Pak Test ties could take place in UAE. More »

Kohli hopes to end RCB trophy drought

Kohli hopes to end RCB trophy drought

'This time around we will hope to go few more steps ahead and actually get that trophy' More »

Gavaskar can help IPL regain glory

Gavaskar can help IPL regain glory

Apart from the foreign players a lot of behind-the-scene activity has taken place in selecting the Indian domestic players. More »

Tendulkar, Ganguly to promote soccer

Tendulkar, Ganguly to promote soccer

Leading Spanish club Atletico Madrid and former cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly are among the owners of eight franchises of a new Indian… More »

This isn’t my first trip to India: Neesham

This isn’t my first trip to India: Neesham

Kiwi all-rounder wants to utilise the India leg to explore the country’s tourist attractions. More »

Ishant wanted to quit ODIs

Ishant wanted to quit ODIs

Says his mother made him change his mind. More »