Why 2006 GR on safety at beaches not implemented, HC asks Maharashtra Government

The court sought a commitment on the number of days, guards would be made available at beaches for security purposes.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:June 11, 2016 2:04 am

The Bombay High Court Friday sought to know from the Maharashtra Government why it has not implemented the Government Regulation (GR) of 2006 relating to safety and security measures to be taken at beaches in the state.

Notices were issued to the collectors of Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg and Raigad asking them as to why the GR wasn’t implemented earlier.

The district collector of Ratnagiri submitted a report, which stated that in 19 of the beaches under its jurisdiction, guards are stationed only at one beach.

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However, no report was submitted by the collectors of Raigad and Sindhudurg district.

The court sought a commitment on the number of days, guards would be made available at beaches for security purposes and said it would pass orders making this mandatory if the government did not do so. A division bench of Justice A S Oka and Justice A A Sayed were hearing a plea filed by NGO Janhit Manch.

Government Pleader, Abhinandan Vagyani assured the court that the government would provide guards, patrolling vehicles and whistles for security purposes within one week.

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