Erection of beach shacks likely to be further delayed

why has the government waited till just the beginning of the tourist season to assess the carrying capacity? and then to blame NGT how convenient!

The erection of beach shacks is likely to be delayed by a month as the release of the beach shack policy is deferred by ten more days. The Goa Coastal Zone Managment Zone Authority (GCZMA) will able to give its approval to the policy only after the National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management (NCSCM) report is received, a GCZMA official said.

NCSCM, the Chennai-based agency was appointed to carry out coastal zone management plan (CZMP) after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in its judgement dated December 17, 2014 directed GCZMA to carry out a rapid survey of sand dunes and locate them on a map, and not issue any permission in such areas until a detailed survey was completed.

The GCZMA official said they are expecting the report next week. The beach shack policy formulated by the tourism department was forwarded to GCZMA two weeks ago.
Addressing a press conference, chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Friday confirmed that the policy will be released only after the beach carrying capacity study is carried out.
The GCZMA official said, the beach shack policy which is similar to the last policy and it is likely that it will be retained in toto.

 The GCZMA, he said has started its exercise of inspecting the beach stretches where shacks will be erected. For every tourist season 350-odd beach shacks are erected on beach stretches of North and South Goa, while 750-800 shacks are erected in private properties.
After approval of the GCZMA, the beach shack policy will be placed before the cabinet paving a way for release of the policy by the tourism department. The beach shack operators fear they will lose business for a month and more due to the delay in notifying the policy. Normally, beach shacks are erected at the start of the tourist season in October.