The Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) has directed a waterfront resort to clear the mud that was filled in a lagoon of a tributary of River Chapora at Siolim and restore it to its original dimensions of 10,000 sq m. This is part of the restoration measures that are to be carried out by the proprietors within 45 days, as decided by GCZMA at its 144th meeting held on March 21, 2017.
Vaddy-Siolim residents had filed a complaint on March 4 and May 31, 2012, alleging huge development by both property owners, destroying a sluice gate, fish pond (agor) and other water bodies (poin), and encroaching in the ports administration’s property under survey number 318/2.
The area is part of a scenic backwater of River Chapora opposite Siolim church, sources said.
The deputy collector, Bardez, had issued a showcause notice on November 18, 2014, seeking demolition of structures and restoration of land to its original condition after an inquiry. Alleging that the GCZMA did not initiate further action, Anthony D’Souza, Joseph Noronha and other residents had approached the National Green Tribunal (NGT).