Panaji, May 25: Goa has received a pat on the back from Russian Ambassador Alexander M. Kadakin for banning consumption of hard liquor on the state's beaches. He said it will "help save" Russian lives.
"No hard drinks should be sold on beaches. It will add safety to the lives of Russians who come here. It will help save their lives," Kadakin told IANS at the inauguration of a consular office here Friday.
Kadakin also said that Russian authorities were educating India-bound tourists to respect local cultures and sensitivities.
The Goa government banned sale and consumption of liquor on beaches, saying the move would help curb crime rate.
Kadakin said the state government should also act against usage of plastic bags, saying the move would result in cleaner beaches.
Over 1.5 lakh Russian tourists landed in Goa from October 2012 to March 2013. According to industry experts, their numbers may rise further in the coming years.
Goa's mild winter sun, its beaches, cheap food and liquor makes it an ideal destination for Russians who witness harsh winter season from October to March in their country.