Goa Administration bans swimming in waterfalls, abandoned quarries, rivers, lakes

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Panaji: Goa Administration has issued circular prohibiting swimming in waterfalls, abandoned quarries, rivers, lakes and other water bodies in the state, ahead of the monsoon season.


Both the district collectors — North and South Goa — have issued separate circulars on Sunday warning that failure to abide by the circular would amount to violation of section 188 of Indian Penal Code.

The section 188 deals with disobedience that causes or tends to cause danger to human life, health or safety.The circulars read that there have been many incidents of drowning reported in the past in Waterfalls, Abandoned Quarries, Rivers, Lakes and other water bodies in the North and South Goa Districts and as such swimming in these water poses dangerous risk to the life of people.

“It is necessary to take exigent measures in this regard so as prevent any danger to human life or safety and security of general public,” the circular said.
The collectors have said that they are “prohibiting swimming in such Waterfalls, Abandoned Quarries, Rivers, Lakes and other water bodies until further orders.”

The Administration has asked the local Police Inspector and Mamlatdar to maintain
strict vigil in their jurisdiction and enforce this order.

The circulars have said that failure to comply with the order shall be liable for penal action under Section 188 of Indian Penal Code and other relevant provisions of law in force.
The Collectors have said that the circulars have come in force from May 26, 2024 onwards.

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