Department of Tourism to post lifeguards at Harvalem waterfalls soon: Ajgaonkar

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Panaji:  Minister for Tourism  Manohar Ajgaonkar while expressing
deep shock and regret over the death of a military personnel due to drowning at Harvalem
waterfalls today has stated that he will direct the Department of Tourism to post lifeguards
at this tourist spot which is now the new jaunt for picnickers and tourists.
Ajgaonkar said, “It is very unfortunate that a life has been lost on this auspicious day of
Dussehra and I am very concerned about mishaps being reported from Harvalem waterfalls.”
He however pointed out that the group of personnel from the military hospital, Panjim who
were on a picnic at Harvalem waterfalls on Saturday had been cautioned by locals not to swim
in the waters at Harvalem.
“Time and again Goa Tourism is impressing on people/tourists not to throw caution to the wind
and to refrain from risking their lives,” he reiterated.
Ajgaonkar conveyed his condolences to the bereaved family of the military personnel
whose body was fished out by a team of Naval divers today.
According to reports from Bicholim police station, a group of eight military personnel from
Military Hospital, Panjim had ventured for a swim into the waters at Harvalem even as
conditions were unsuitable for swimming. While the rest were rescued, one drowned. He was
aged 29.
Later today Mr. Ajgaonkar tweeted on his social media handles appealing to tourists visiting
Goa for the festive and long weekend to enjoy their stay in Goa and to be responsible and
refrain from endangering their lives.
He said, “As Goa is decked up for the festive season and is an attractive holiday spot for tourists
to enjoy the festive fervor, I wish everyone visiting the State a pleasant and enjoyable stay. I
also take this opportunity to appeal to everyone to enjoy the season’s splendor and while doing
so to be cautious and responsible citizens. Do abide by instructions of the locals and police as
they are your guides in helping you from risking or endangering your lives. We want you to
return home with good memories of Goa and want you to revisit Goa in the future.”