PANJIM: Representatives of various NGOs under the banner Goans Against CRZ 2018 have slammed the Central and State governments for supporting the amendments to 2011 CRZ notification and being a mute spectator to draft CRZ 2018.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, GACRZ said that through amendments the government has “opened the coastline for port-led development and mega projects without accessing the need to protect the fragile coastal ecosystem from the already existing pressures of developmental activities and to examine the coastal management approach in the country in a holistic manner.”
It adds that to access the present damage the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) had constituted an expert committee under the chairmanship of Professor M S Swaminathan in June 2009 to complete the hazard mapping exercise for protecting the life and property of local communities. The ministry had proposed to demarcate the hazard line in coastal areas of the mainland, about 5,500 km in the aim to conserve the fragile ecosystem and protect the livelihood of communities staying in those areas ‘but the same has not been incorporated in the CRZ notification 2011. This haphazard and anti people development will put the entire traditional communities and people residing at the coast, that is, 25percent of Goans population into serious threat from natural calamities’.
“Thus the amendment done dated 2nd July 2018 will only severely affect endemic flora and fauna of such ecologically sensitive areas, degrade the marine ecology, coastal environment and the aesthetic uses of the sea coast,” it further said.
GACRZ has demanded immediate withdrawal of all three amendment to CRZ Notification 2011.