24 Nov 2022  |   06:38am IST

HC: Panchayats, police to keep vigil & stop illegal constructions

HC: Panchayats, police to keep vigil & stop illegal constructions

Team Herald

PANJIM: Taking cognisance of the illegal constructions mushrooming in the coastal areas, especially in the tourism season, the Bombay High Court has ordered the coastal panchayats and police in Goa to keep a strict vigil on the illegal constructions coming up in coastal areas and held them responsible for stopping illegal constructions.

Hence, accountability has been fixed.

Advocate General Devidas Pangam said, “The High Court has given a general direction to the village panchayats, police and other authorities to keep a vigil on the coastal belt and take immediate action against illegal constructions during the tourism season in Goa.”

The Goa bench of the Bombay High Court on Wednesday also directed the Central government to constitute the CRZ Authority for Goa at the earliest.

The term of the CRZ Authority ended on October 31. 

The CRZ Authority will be formed only after the order of the Central government.

The Court was hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) against illegal constructions on Vagator beachside. The Court has ordered the parties doing illegal constructions to deposit Rs five lakh as a recovery of the expense that was incurred in demolition and other expenses of the government.

“As soon as the CRZ Authority is constituted the High Court has ordered hearings and order in the show cause notice and illegal construction matter,” Advocate General Devidas Pangam informed.



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