Goa Implements Noise Ban, Alienates Raves/Evening Dance Music Events
The Indian state of Goa has a reputation, albeit a reputation received with disfavor by the state’s government.
Hailed as a musical mecca of dance music event offerings, Goa will forfeit its status as a hub of raves/late night dance parties due to the new avowal of Goa authorities to enforce a pre-existing law that restricts loud noise after 10 PM, a ban that has been largely ignored in past years, leading Goa to become a popular nightlife destination.
The news of law officials’ renewed interest in the law is not the source of recent legislation, but cultural dissonance: the water resources minister of Goa, Vinod Palyekar, underscored the oppositional quality of the dance events in a comment made earlier in the week, “These parties are against our culture. We need to stop them immediately.”
Palyekar’s denouncement of the evening music affairs preceded Goa’s chief minister’s announcement that the legal noise restriction would begin to be observed in accordance with the law. “There is a legal ban on holding parties after 10 PM,” chief minister Manohar Parrikar stated, “The ban will be upheld by the state government.”
The noise restriction functions as a direct limitation of the events, frequented by tourists seeking nightlife and beaches, finding the desire of both answered by Goa. Goa’s shutdown of the parties seeks to quell the string of tourist deaths in the area, crimes often the result of drug/alcohol interaction. Goa's strategic legal restriction of the nightlife ongoings mirror that of Playa Del Carmen, another tourist location known for tourist related deaths/crimes. Playa Del Carmen notably banned dance music events after the BPM festival shooting months prior.