why has the government waited till just the beginning of the tourist season to assess the carrying capacity? and then to blame NGT how convenient!
The erection of beach shacks is likely to be delayed by a month as the release of the beach shack policy is deferred by ten more days. The Goa Coastal Zone Managment Zone Authority (GCZMA) will able to give its approval to the policy only after the National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management (NCSCM) report is received, a GCZMA official said.
NCSCM, the Chennai-based agency was appointed to carry out coastal zone management plan (CZMP) after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in its judgement dated December 17, 2014 directed GCZMA to carry out a rapid survey of sand dunes and locate them on a map, and not issue any permission in such areas until a detailed survey was completed.
The GCZMA official said they are expecting the report next week. The beach shack policy formulated by the tourism department was forwarded to GCZMA two weeks ago.
Addressing a press conference, chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Friday confirmed that the policy will be released only after the beach carrying capacity study is carried out.
The GCZMA official said, the beach shack policy which is similar to the last policy and it is likely that it will be retained in toto.