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Last Updated : Feb 22, 2020 05:32 PM IST | Source: PTI

Goa: Sunday carnival route altered citing public safety?

Goa's traditional carnival floats, led by the mythical King Momo, began in Panaji on February 22 and will travel to all major towns in the state over the next three days.

Tableaus of Goa, Meghalaya and other states pass through Rajpath during the parade (Image: PTI)
Tableaus of Goa, Meghalaya and other states pass through Rajpath during the parade (Image: PTI)

Citing public safety, the South Goa district administration on February 22 altered the route of the carnival parade scheduled on February 23, as per which it would now be held in Fatorda town instead of Margao city.

Goa's traditional carnival floats, led by the mythical King Momo, began in Panaji on February 22 and will travel to all major towns in the state over the next three days.

The state Tourism Department-sponsored carnival committee had decided to hold the parade in Margao on February 23.

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However, a day before the event, the district authorities altered the route. As per the changed plan, the carnival parade will now be taken out in Fatorda instead of Margao.

South District Collector Ajit Roy said he held a meeting with Superintendent of Police (South) and Chief Officer of Margao Municipal Council (MMC), after which it was decided to hold the parade in Fatorda instead of Margao.

"The decision was taken for administrative convenience and from the public safety point of view...We don't have much time left now. The parade needs to be flagged off on Sunday and we are working round-the-clock," he said.

Goa Forward Party (GFP) chief Vijai Sardesai asked that if the route was altered in view of public safety then why the decision to hold the parade in Margao was taken in the first place.

"South Goa Collector has cited public safety as the reason for finalising Fatorda route for carnival parade. It means the decision taken by Goa Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar to hold it in Margao was against public safety," he said.

"A tourism minister who doesn't care about the safety of tourists must be sacked by the chief minister immediately," he added.

First Published on Feb 22, 2020 05:31 am
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