Two of the biggest EDM festivals, Sunburn and VH1 Supersonic look set to be banned. Goa Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar has proposed a ban due to critics complaining about the influx of tourists they bring.
Parulekar said: “We are seriously thinking not to allow mega events like EDM festivals between December 15 and January 15 every year as the state witnesses a rush of tourists during that time who arrive here to usher in the New Year.”
He added that if the organisers want, they can have their event before December 15 or after January 15, when the peak tourism season is over.
Both the organisers have already moved an application seeking permission to host the festival this year.
“The panel has asked them to submit their proposed dates for holding the event. We have also conveyed the organisers to consider holding the events before December 15 or post January 15 to reduce further pressure on the state machinery,” the minister said.