When MOEF announced this decision, there was great cheer from shack owners. Now they seem to be singing a different tune. How can they even suggest the use of concrete on the beach? that is a total CRZ violation. Is this all about greed and selfish interests?
The notification issued by the ministry of environment and forests permitting temporary shacks to be retained on the beach brought some relief to the owners, but it doesn’t seem like they would benefit from this move as the structures in the sand are not engineered to withstand the fury of the monsoon season.
Though the operators heaved a major sigh of relief as they would save anything between 1lakh and 1.5 lakh to erect and dismantle the structure, the reality is the notification came too late and therefore, they have not designed the shacks to endure the wind speeds during stormy weather.
While welcoming the notification, president of All Goa Shack Owners Welfare Society, Cruz Cardozo, said, “This year, we will have to dismantle the structures as they aren’t as strong as those built on private property”.
He said, “Private shacks are built with either concrete or wood which are able to take the beating of weather changes. Secondly, since these shacks have a permanent licence to sell alcohol, staff are engaged throughout the year and during heavy rains or high speed winds, they come together to save the property”.