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The beaches, once considered pristine, are now lined with litter. The Goa tourism ministry is all set to acquire massive cleaning machines, which could be set to work on the beaches by December, the minister said. Parulekar said that a public demonstration of the cleaning process would be held so that the fears of environmentalists are allayed. Environmentalists had earlier expressed fears that if the beaches are not cleaned manually but with machines, the animal life in the sand could be harmed. ”Environmentalists can attend the demonstration, so that they can see that no animal life which lives in the sand on the beaches is disturbed. The machines do not interfere even with sand patterns,” Parulekar said.
The most popular beach-belt in Goa, which stretches from Baga, 20 km north of here, to Sinquerim, is likely to be the first where tehse machines would be tested. In South Goa district, the Benaulim to Utorda stretch will be the first to deploy the machines. Goa’s beaches are home to hordes of tiny sand crabs, which live in the porous sand pockets.