NGT directs restoration of Cavelossim sand dune ecosystem in three months [Refer Attached Order]

  EJ News Network   2020-10-27 14:15:41 India Legal

Panaji: Cavelossim Salsate, Goa Villages Forum had filed an application praying NGT to issue direction to stop illegal dumping of red mud and the construction activities or business activities in the village Cavelossim Salsate, Goa in violation of Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) regulation, 2011. The plea further prayed the Tribunal to direct the authorities concerned to take action to remove the mud deposited, demolish all illegal constructions and restore the said land to its original state.

The levelling of sand dunes and dumping of red mud in aforesaid property was without permission from the competent authority.

Notices were issued and in compliance thereof, the Member Secretary, Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) had submitted an affidavit. The Secretary with the other expert members visited and inspected the site and observed violation of CRZ Notification, and decided to issue demolition order of all the illegal constructions.

A joint team from Goa State Bio-diversity Board (GSBB) and GCZMA inspected the beach stretch and submitted a report recommending concrete structures on the beach side to be removed and facilitate the natural process of regeneration of sand dune ecosystem and riverside areas without human intervention. The removal of top soil shall be detrimental to the objective hence should be avoided. The work of PWD will ensure removal of unwanted platforms and trash/debris.  

The team also recommended the removal of concrete floors and parking floor on beachward side with asphalted like compacted platform and restoration of area to normal and the removal of boulders and red and prominent coarse rocks protruding from soil.

 The experts also recommended making Bamboo fence from coastal side to prevent visitors from accessing the sand dune and avoiding use of heavy earth moving equipment (HEME) to prevent further instability for sand dune ecosystem. 

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