Panaji: After much outrage from Goans and opposition party against the Sunburn festival in the state, the organisers of event on Friday clarified that upcoming 14 th edition of Sunburn scheduled to be held from December 27, 28, 29, at Vagator will be held only if Covid-19 situation is under control.
Sunburn’s spokesperson, in a statement, stated that the application for the permission itself clarified that the final event will only be held subject to the anticipated Covid19 situation around the time of the event.
In an application earlier made to the tourism department government of Goa, Sunburn had clarified that its only seeking permission to prepare for the event and that the final event would be subject to a review in first week of December 2020, when the authorities can better assess the likely Covid-19 situation and take the final call.
Sunburn cares for its fans, and all the stakeholders. While sunburn believes it’s time to restart lives’ it’s clear that any event can’t be ever done risking anyone’s health and safety.
Sunburn has and will always do best to support the state and its tourism economy and will plan and be ready, but only do the event when the authorities believe it’s safe to do so.
The statement also quoted Deputy Chief Minister Goa Tourism, Manohar ,Babu Ajgaonkar saying, “Revenue Generation has been at the slowest pace in the state of Goa, and small as well as big business along the coastal belts and in interior areas are almost dead. If these big events (read EDM festivals) are held then we can expect a restart of business activities, which will help generate revenue for the Government.”
It further clarified entire permission process also involves SLPC presentation and then seeking NOC’s from every concerned department, which requires time.
Meanwhile, Congress on Friday protested against hosting of the festival in Panaji.