Panaji: Russians and Israelis have 'occupied' certain coastal
villages in Goa and the trend needs to be resisted, Congress Rajya Sabha
member Shantaram Naik said Tuesday.
"Russians and Israelis have
occupied certain villages in a manner which cannot be called ideal
tourism, and they indulge in business activities in violation of the laws
of the land, including Foreign Exchange Management Act," said Naik in a
written statement which was issued quoting the parliamentarian's speech at
a National Students Union of India (NSUI) convention here Tuesday.
precious lands needs to be protected and we cannot allow any Goan village
to be called 'Israel Village' or 'Russian Village'," Naik said.
reference was to the beach villages of Morjim, Ashwem and Arambol in North
Goa, which are popular with Israeli and Russian tourists, who flock to
these beaches in thousands annually, making the area a throbbing hub for
While foreigners entering into hospitality and
catering businesses in partnership with local residents is not a rare
phenomenon, the Morjim-Ashwem and Arambol beach stretches were also in the
cross-hairs of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the Enforcement
Directorate (ED) a few years back, which had red-flagged a couple of real
estate deals along the coastline, allegedly funded by frontmen for the
While over 40,000 Russian tourists hit Goa's
beaches in the tourist season from October to March, the beach tourism
destination also saw some 4,000 Israelis hitting the surf here annually.