He said that the two steps combined with other initiatives, which includes emulating German town Kaiserslautern's garbage treatment and waste management practices, could finally make Goa free of garbage, which has been threatening to damage the state's tourism prospects.

"We are going for highway patrol, which will look after the highways and spot those who dump garbage. That way, we can keep the roads clean," Parrikar said. With tourism in Goa is increasing nearly threefold in the last decade or so, the state has been unable to handle the tonnes of garbage which the industry generates.

What has compounded the issue further is the state government’s inability to identify a single site big enough, to dispose garbage, both organic and non-organic. As a result, it is not unusual to find piles of garbage strewn along the roads as well as near urban hubs in this beach tourism destination, which is visited by 2.6 million tourists annually.

Parrikar said that a system is also being worked out where rubble and construction waste, created by rampant real estate development, would be sorted out in holding pits specially created for the purpose.

(Agencies)

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