The decision of state government to lobby for special tourism zones (STZ) to facilitate enthusiasts to party till the wee hours has now received backing from musicians and music aficionados in Goa. As per a statement made by Manohar Parrikar, the chief minister his office with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, efforts have been made to develop these STZs in non-populated areas. These are the areas that ban loud music beyond 10.30 p.m.
"I fairly think it is a good move. Goa has been dropping quality tourists because it does not have as much to offer in terms of festivities and occasions in the outdoor, compared to other destinations such as Thailand", said Ajit Pai, resident DJ at one of Goa's top night club Mambos.
Pai also mentioned that most foreign tourists prefer partying in the outdoor and this is the reason why they visit Goa. The existing indoor clubs in the countries they originally hail from are a thousand times better than what Goa has to offer. After a meeting with Manmohan Singh, Parrikar had believed there was a need to work around the present sound pollution standards. He said that these were responsible for creating a problem for typical Catholic weddings in Goa. These weddings usually stretch out late night.
"Special travel zones can be formed in areas where there is no populace. Recreation in playing music can be given in these regions so that publics are not bothered", Parrikar had said.
Lester Rodrigues, a musician said that the decision would definitely make Goa's party scene much popular and famous across the globe. Sean Faia, who runs music solution agency 'Muzic Matters' has mentioned that from an entertainment point of view there was definitely no requirement need to do away with existing sound restrictions.