Udupi: Udupi Deputy commissioner Kurma Rao M has said that those who have taken up the responsibility of Malpe beach and St Mary’s island should prioritize the safety of the visitors. He also directed them to create a separate standard operating procedure (SOP).
He made the announcement while speaking at the DC’s office presiding over the Malpe Development Committee meeting.
“Thousands of visitors come to Malpe beach every day, those who have taken up the responsibility of Malpe beach should take up safety measures to keep everyone safe. Take safety precautions in the boats running from Malpe beach to the island,” the DC said.
He further added, “Boat passengers should be asked to wear life jackets. Impose fines on those who ferry passengers without life jackets. The food safety officials, municipal council, and police department should conduct an inspection of unauthorized petty shops ensuring that the food is unadulterated, and submit a report.”
Municipal council president Sumitra Nayak, standing committee president Balakrishna Shetty, Fisheries Federation president Yashpal Suvarna, district panchayat chief executive officer Prasanna, Udaya Kumar Shetty, tourism department assistant director in-charge Guruprasad, officers of various departments, municipal councilors of Malpe, tenderers of Malpe beach, Bhajana mandali representatives and others were present.
The Beach festival will be held from 2023 January 21 to 23. The DC has also directed the officals to use the Malpe Bunder region to conduct activities to promote tourism.