Yet to allow Sunburn festival this time: Goa home ministry

Yet to allow Sunburn festival this time: Goa home ministry

Panaji: Goa home ministry Tuesday said that they are yet to give permission for the Sunburn music festival, which is scheduled to start on 27 December at Candolim beach.

“I have not received any file seeking permission for Sunburn festival. The festival cannot happen without a nod from the home ministry," state home minister Ravi Naik said.

He said, “Beach parties now will have to take licence from the home ministry."

“We have issues strict guidelines that no parties except traditional ones should be allowed without screening by police," Naik said adding that once Sunburn organisers furnish the application, the ministry will inspect it from the law and order angle.

Director general of police B S Bassi said that deputy collector has sent a proposal to the department but final authority lies with the home ministry whether to accept or reject the permission.

He said Sunburn Festival organisers, by announcing the dates for the event, are presuming that they would be given permission by home ministry.

The festival is an event playing electronic music and is attended by over 20,000 people annually.

Sunburn 2009 had hit controversy after Bangalore-based girl, Meha Bahuguna had died at the venue, allegedly due to drug overdose.

The home minister said that the state has cracked down on the drug trade in the coastal belt. “We have intensified our anti-drugs operations in the coast," the minister said adding that he along with officers had personally inspected the belt in the night.

“There is no drug mafia in the state. We are personally ensuring that drug trade don’t take roots here," Naik said.

“We broke the backbone of drug trade. Even the music is not allowed to be played after 10 pm," the home minister said.