Herald: GCZMA to issue notices to 171 structures in NDZ area

GCZMA to issue notices to 171 structures in NDZ area

16 May 2019 06:28am IST

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16 May 2019 06:28am IST

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Will decide on demolition after hearing those operating the businesses; Team to inspect sites thrice weekly to be formed

PANJIM: Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) has decided to issue show cause notices to 171 structures, which were found to be operating illegally in the No Development Zone (NDZ) identified as turtle conservation sites at Mandrem, Morjim, Agonda and Galgibag beaches. Those operating the illegal structures, which are set to face the axe, will be heard before the demolition is undertaken. 

The decision comes after private shack operators moved the High Court against the GCZMA decision to demolish their structures for operating illegally as per directions of the National Green Tribunal (NGT). The operators pointed out that no show cause notice was issued to the parties, nor any hearing was conducted by the authorities, which amounts to violation of the principles of natural justice.

The Court had granted an interim stay on the demolition order till June 10 and had restrained the Authority from taking any further steps in violation of principles of natural justice. 

The Authority during its meeting last week, resolved to issue show cause notices to all the violators calling upon them for a hearing and thereafter to decide the matter. 

During the meeting, the authority also decided to form a team comprising of officials from Tourism Department, Deputy Conservator of Forests and Deputy Collector, who will inspect the NDZ of beach stretches of Morjim, Mandrem, Galgibag and Agonda to check the operations of shacks/ huts/tents/cottages/resorts/hotels operating without NOC/permission of GCZMA.

The team has to inspect the sites three times a week including one inspection during the weekend. A weekly report will have to be submitted to GCZMA along with the action taken report. 

The Authority has decided to fix responsibility and initiate action against the responsible officers in case of failure to take action and submit a report. The action will be initiated under Section 19 of the Environment Protection Act 1986 in an appropriate court of law. 

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