This delay has gone really far. The government will have to face these very people in the next elections
The Calangute panchayat on Saturday decided to defer its decision to issue licences to beach shack operators within its jurisdiction till November 8, when the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) is expected to approve the new beach shack policy. Shack owners said that failure to announce the policy by then will likely lead to a ‘Calangute bandh’.
Earlier this week, the panchayat had adopted a resolution to give shack operators licences if the tourism department failed to issue NOCs to them by Friday.
On Saturday morning, agitated beach shack owners called on the sarpanch, Anny Fernandes, and deputy sarpanch, Joseph Sequeira, to inquire about the licenses. Sequeira explained that following legal advice, they have decided to defer the decision.