GCZMA razes 11 tourism structures at Patnem

The NGT should have heavily fined the structures that were standing despite the orders for demolition. The tourism structures . The locals who had made extensions to their dwellings dismantled their structures but the tourism structures had to be demolition by the demolition squad.



The Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) demolished about 11 tourism structures including shacks and huts at Colomb-Patnem on Thursday. rnIn a daylong exercise, the demolition squad led by Canacona Deputy Collector Kedar Naik reached Colomb and with the security cover provided by Canacona Police began to raze the structures standing tall at Colomb coastal area.

the goan I network\rCANACONA\r\rBesides manpower, an earthmover was also pressed to demolish the structures. The 11 demolished structures included a large-sized shack with a beach restaurant and residential luxury huts. Other demolished structures in CRZ violations taken up for demolition are mostly shacks converted as storages, informed locals. \rIt may be recalled that a resort having purchased the predominantly fishermen occupied property (1,10,037 sq mtrs) at Colomb-Patnem coast had filed a complaint with NGT against controversial constructions/encroachments in violations with CRZ \rregulations. \rFollowing the NGT orders, GCZMA fixed hearings and served notices to about 76 alleged encroachments suspecting over 300 illegal structures, and the last inspection was conducted at the site in mid-April. \rWorried fishermen in the locality fearing their residential houses are at stake, reportedly dismantled several alleged illegal structures temporarily erected by them, but according to locals only some commercial temporary structures were still existing which the demolition squad razed on Thursday. Officials from GCZMA, besides advocates from the complainant were also present during demolition drive.