Says NGT has granted extension for preparation of plan
PANJIM: Assuring to give wide publicity to the draft plan, the State has informed the High Court of Bombay at Goa that the National Green Tribunal has given an extension to the State to prepare the Goa Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP).
Hearing the petition filed by social activist Kashinath Shetye and others, the Division Bench of Justice Prithviraj K Chavan and Justice N M Jamdar scheduled the next hearing on Oct 23.
As per Clause IV(a), the draft CZMP should be given wide publicity and a public hearing should be held. Advocate General Dattaprasad Lawande stated that all developments regarding the CZMP would be placed on record by way of an affidavit. He stated that this issue is also under consideration before the National Green Tribunal and that the NGT has given an extension to the State for preparation of the Plans.
The State, through Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA), had moved an application before the NGT, principal bench New Delhi, seeking the extension.
NGT, through a country wide order in November 2017, had set deadline of April 30, 2018 for all coastal States and Union Territories to submit CZMPs. MoEF was granted three months till July 30, to approve the plans.
As an interim order, NGT had banned granting permissions for development projects in the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) pending finalisation of the CZMP.
The process to draft the CZMP for Goa had begun in February 2017, after its old plan of 1996 had expired in January 2017. The National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management (NCSCM) has been entrusted with the task of preparing the plan.
Sources revealed that the finalisation of the plan has been delayed due to various technical issues like digitisation of 8500 cadastral maps, superimposing the camera photos and the ground-truthing report, which is in process.
“This will be followed by public consultation. The plan has to be kept open for public suggestions for a period of one month. And post incorporating those suggestions, the final plan will be approved by GCZMA, State Government and MoEF,” sources said.
The government also wanted the water bodies in the CRZ areas and fish breeding areas to be clearly marked. “The entire exercise will need another three-four months,” sources revealed.