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‘Reopen sluice gates in Quelossim’

‘Reopen sluice gates in Quelossim’

12 Aug 2017 No comment 39 hits

Panaji: National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) to furnish an action plan for opening the sluice gates blocked during reclamation of the eco-fragile site in a khazan land allegedly by a project proponent at Quelossim.

Three villagers - Lopinho Xavier, Sebastiao Serrao and Caitan da Silva of Quelossim, had filed the complaint against Movaj Enterprises Pvt Ltd, promoter of Mini India Park, praying for rehabilitation of the site in the khazan land, under the supervision of the Goa State Biodiversity Board.

In a two-page order, the NGT Pune bench took note of the mud-dumping without GCZMA's permission in the non-development zone (NDZ) in Quelossim, and disruption of the natural flow and impact on biodiversity in the wetland area. While fixing the matter on September 18, 2017, the bench issued an order seeking a plan for implementing remedial measures.

The villagers had also pleaded that the project proponent be directed to carry out measures to restore the flow through the sluice gate.

The bench noted that the records show that two GCZMA expert members had carried out a site inspection on May 10, 2017. Their recommendations indicated that the mud-filling was undertaken in survey No 181 and 182 unauthorizedly. The owner had denied the charge and stated that some other party had reclaimed the area.

While two site inspections have been conducted, the project proponent has been issued a showcause notice. An enquiry is in progress and the matter has been posted on August 22, 2017, and it is likely to be completed by September 12, 2017, GCZMA's counsel informed the bench.

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