In the wake of a tourist boat capsizing in the Konkan region, the Maharashtra Government has decided to frame strict rules for those involved in the tourism industry in coastal areas.
"The tourism department is in the process of framing stricter rules for tourism in coastal areas of Konkan to avoid any such untoward incident in future," Minister for Tourism, Vijaykumar Gavit said.
A dolphin-sighting boat with 12 tourists capsized, killing four people on coast of Murud village in Ratnagiri district last week.
On complaints from tourists that safety norms were not followed, Gavit said this is a serious issue and action would be taken against them.
"Only trained persons would be allowed to conduct water sports like scuba diving and snorkeling, failing which they would invite action," the minister said.
The Tourism Department is seeking approval from Ports and Marine Ministry regarding the rules to be implemented.
The beaches would have rescue teams and boats to monitor activities. The boats taking visitors in the sea should carry life saving instruments to ensure safety to them, he said. The private tour operators would be made accountable for the safety of the tourists, he said.
The Government is also planning to upgrade facilities like hotels, roads and toilets on popular beaches like Tarkarli and Ganapatipule, he added.