United Goans Foundation (UGF), on Thursday, condemned the attempt of the Union ministry of environment, forest and climate change (MoEF) to decrease the ambit of the no-development zone (NDZ) from 200m to 50m away from the high tide line (HTL).
Almeida went on to say that the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority(GCZMA)which is the nodal agency to protect the CRZ and its environmentis itself sought to be made defunct. “Complaints filed are not resolved. Multiple show cause notices are issued for a single violation but no action is appropriated. Citizens and NGOs who make a conscientious effort are sent round in circles, forcing them to approach the courts and now, the NGT,” she pointed out, adding that in a matter of two months, two member secretaries have been shunted out and the third is holding multiple charges of the civil supplies department, directorate of environment, department of science, technology and environment, and the GCZMA.