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No More Photography Tax In North Goa’s Village ‘Parra’

Goa village has suspended the photography tax levied on tourists

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A village in Goa suspends the photography tax levied on tourists. Pixabay

Days after amateur shutterbugs on shoe-string budgets thought they have lost their opportunity to capture the scenic beauty of Goa, the panchayat in North Goa’s Parra, the ancestral village of former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, has scrapped a controversial tax levied on tourists photography.

Parra is best known for its scenic road lined with coconut trees, often serves as a backdrop in several Bollywood films, including the Shahrukh Khan-starrer ‘Dear Zindagi’.

The decision to levy the tax ranging from Rs 100 to Rs 500 had triggered a controversy in Goa, after an outraged local resident published a photo of the panchayat’s signage announcing the tax and uploaded a video of tourists being levied the fee, on social media.

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Parra is best known for its scenic road lined with coconut trees, often serves as a backdrop in several Bollywood films. Pixabay

Talking to IANS on Wednesday, sarpanch of the Parra village panchayat Delilah Lobo said the decision to impose the “Swachhta tax” on those taking photos and selfies along the scenic coconut palm-lined road, was not made in order to earn revenue, but to deter tourists from being a nuisance on the narrow road, which often led to traffic jams and garbage being strewn around.

“We have suspended the tax for now. The idea behind the tax was not to earn revenue for the village panchayat, but to deter tourists and photographers from holding up traffic along the narrow road during their shoots and throwing garbage around the place,” Lobo said.

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The tax had also irked travel and tourism industry stakeholders in Goa, who had expressed concern that such a tax may be emulated in other coastal villages, which would deter tourists from visiting the areas. (IANS)

 

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After each program, prints of the students' photos are sold through 100cameras and 100 per cent of proceeds go back to the local community partner organizations they visit

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"It was amazing to collaborate with 100cameras and the talented and creative students at DRW, the Apple iPhone 11 camera with all its intuitive capabilities right there in your hand is such a powerful storytelling tool. To see the photos the students captured of the ways they see the world around them was truly inspiring," Kaiann Drance, Apple's Vice President of iPhone Worldwide Product Marketing said. Pixabay

Apple has teamed up with 100cameras, a nonprofit organization that teaches adolescents the foundations of photography and visual storytelling by donating new iPhone 11 to participating students of DRW College Prep in Chicago.

As per report, the students are encouraged to tell their personal stories about growing up in a city that faces increasing gentrification and gun violence.

“It was amazing to collaborate with 100cameras and the talented and creative students at DRW, the iPhone 11 camera with all its intuitive capabilities right there in your hand is such a powerful storytelling tool. To see the photos the students captured of the ways they see the world around them was truly inspiring,” Kaiann Drance, Apple’s Vice President of iPhone Worldwide Product Marketing said in a statement recently.

Apple has teamed up with 100cameras, a nonprofit organization that teaches adolescents the foundations of photography and visual storytelling by donating new iPhone 11 to participating students of DRW College Prep in Chicago (Representational Image). Pixabay

After each program, prints of the students’ photos are sold through 100cameras and 100 per cent of proceeds go back to the local community partner organizations they visit.

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“As the residents of a neighbourhood in Chicago that is often overlooked, being given the new iPhone that had been released just a few weeks prior felt like a momentous opportunity,” Angela Popplewell, 100cameras’ co-founder and CEO added. (IANS)