No more tax on taking selfies in Goan village

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Scenic village of Parra, in North Goa, has been always a hot pick for tourists especially for capturing the enticing nature. With many films including the Shahrukh Khan’s `Dear Zindagi’ making it the backdrop, it attracted more.

But, when suddenly the Panchayat authorities decided to levy Swachhta tax some time back, many got furious and desp. Now the good news is that the authorities have scrapped the controversial tax.

The village, also the ancestral village of former Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, is known for its bewitching scenic road lined with coconut trees and green stretches of fields. Situated in Bardez sub-district, it not very far from the town of Mapusa.

The tax ranged from Rs 100 to Rs 500 on those taking photos and selfies along the scenic coconut palm-lined road. The attempt was to discourage tourists from creating nuisance on the narrow road, which often led to traffic jams and garbage being strewn around, according to the village authorities.

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