Panaji: Soon, Goa will ban drinking in public spaces, said the state Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday.
Announcing the notification on banning drinking in public places, Parrikar said the idea behind it is to curb nuisance created by people in an inebriated state.
Earlier, the state had banned drinking on beaches, saying strict action would be taken against the offenders, and if need be, they could even be arrested.
In the latest ban on drinking in public areas, the state has decided to impose fines or cancel the license of the liquor shops that allow people to drink near its compound, added the chief minister.
The necessary amendments to the Goa, Daman and Diu Excise Act, 1964 will be done next month.
“If someone wants to drink (liquor), they should drink inside and not in public places. In the next 15 days, I will hold meetings with government officials to ban the consumption of liquor at public places. Liquor shops will face the music if people are found drinking in the open spaces near the shop,” said Parrikar told PTI while addressing a conference at a ' Swachch Bharat ' function.
With Agency Inputs