GCZMA decides not to grant permissions to those that started business before inspections were held
PANJIM: In what could rattle many private shack owners, Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) has ordered the removal of illegal seasonal structures in private properties, by February 28, failing which they would be demolished.
As many as 253 applicants had sought permissions for erection of temporary structures. While the tourism season commenced in October last year, due to a delay on the part of the authority to grant permissions under the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ), several private shack operators erected structures and commenced business for the season.
GCZMA at its meeting held on January 24 decided to grant permission/no objection certificates (NOC) to all applicants except for those wherein applicants had already built or were in the process of erecting such structures as observed during inspections.
“The Authority decided not to consider applications of applicants who have already built or were in the process of building such shacks/huts /tents during inspections by the expert member of GCZMA,” the minutes of the meeting state.
It adds, “Further decided to direct such applicants who have already built or were in the process of erecting the structures to remove/dismantle the structures by February 28, 2018 and submit compliance for further consideration.”
The authority has directed the deputy collectors to act in cases, where owners fail to dismantle the structures. The private properties have to be cleared of structures by March 15.
“In case such applicants who had already built or were in the process of building such shacks/huts/tents during inspection by this authority failed to remove/dismantle such structures by February 28, and report compliance, the concerned deputy collector/SDO to be directed to remove/dismantle such structures by March 15, 2018 and recover the cost incurred from such applicants as land revenue and submit a compliance report to this Authority,” GCZMA resolved.