Coastal body orders razing of 171 structures in NDZ
PANAJI, India: The Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) has ordered the demolition of 171 temporary structures erected in no-development zones (NDZ) at Morjim, Mandrem, Galgibaga and Agonda stretches that are popular for their turtle-nesting sites. Out of the 171 temporary structures facing the axe, 64 are in South Goa and 107 in North Goa. A senior GCZMA official told TOI that both district collectors have been asked to implement the demolition orders.
During its April 26 meeting, GCZMA noted the report submitted by the three-member committee constituted by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in its February 25 order.
“The authority resolved to issue directions to demolish all the resorts or establishments which are operating without GCZMA approval as per NGT’s November 2, 2017 order. The authority decided to impose a fine of Rs 1 lakh for violations as per NGT’s November 2, 2017 order,” GCZMA member secretary Ravi Jha stated in the minutes of the meeting.
Recently, the NGT ordered GCZMA to deposit an interim environment compensation of Rs 1 crore with the Central Pollution Control Board within a week for ‘gross non-compliance’ of its November 2017 directions.
A senior officer said, they will inform the tribunal that they have already implemented its directives.
The tribunal had directed the coastal regulator to take action against all temporary structures erected in the no-development zones of Morjim, Mandrem, Galgibaga and Agonda which includes turtle nesting sites.
The NGT passed the order after observing that the report placed by GCZMA before it was ‘severely wanting in compliance of the directions’ in November 2017. It also noted that the ‘table filed along with the report demonstrated gross non-compliance’.
"It is needless to reiterate that the order was passed far back on November 2, 2017, which was required to be complied with expeditiously considering the serious environmental issues raised in the application,” the tribunal’s principal bench stated in its May 1 order.
Following its February 25 order, it directed the three-member committee comprising the deputy conservator of wildlife and member secretaries of Goa State Pollution Control Board and GCZMA to submit a complete report with regard to the compensation to be recovered.