“It is not surprising that the GCZMA is dragging its feet. It has always been the hand-maid of industry. Its slowness to react is to keep the space on the beaches open for the big players. After all the GCZMA is always at hand to haress shack owners and coastal dwellers at the drop of a hat.”
Study on beach carrying capacity
Asserting that the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) continues to remain under obligation to carry out the study to assess the carrying capacity of different beaches in Goa for providing shacks and other temporary structures, the National Green Tribunal has directed the GCZMA Chairperson to place before the Tribunal the complete schedule of the carrying capacity study of the coastal beaches in Goa in a time bound manner.
The Tribunal has warned that failure to do so will incur consequences under Order XXI Rule 32 of the Code of Civil Procedure.
The Tribunal observed, “little has been done to move towards the implementation of those directions. Now we are in 2016. If these studies are not carried out, we are afraid that mischief would continue. We, therefore, direct the Chairperson GCZMA to place before us complete schedule of the carrying capacity study of the coastal beaches in time bound manner on or before the next date. Failure to do so, we again warn the Authorities would incur consequences under Order XXI Rule 32 of the Code of Civil Procedure”.
When the Counsel appearing on behalf of GCZMA invited the Tribunals attention to the Order dated February 18, 2016 passed by the High Court of Bombay at Goa staying the effect and operation of the Order dated February 9, 2016 till appearance of Respondent No.4 therein, the NGT further observed “there is no stay to the directions passed by this Tribunal vide Judgment and Order dated December 17, 2014 in Application No.3/2014 (Aleixo Arnolfo Pareira Vs. State of Goa & 4 others).
The tribunal made it clear that GCZMA continues to remain under obligation to carry out the study to assess the carrying capacity of different beaches in State of Goa for providing such shacks and other temporary structures.
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