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Manohar Ajgaonkar vows to expedite shack allotment

Manohar Ajgaonkar vows to expedite shack allotment

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09 Oct 2019 No comment 13 hits

PANAJI: A day after the high court of Bombay at Goa permitted beach shacks to be erected on the state’s beaches, tourism minister Manohar Ajgaonkar said on Tuesday that he would examine whether allotment can be done before October 22, the scheduled date to allow shacks through draws.
Shack operators have demanded that the government allot shacks as soon as possible since the tourist season has already begun.
Ajgaonkar told REPORTERS on Wednesday that the government welcomed the decision of the high court.
He also said that “as of now” they would allot the shacks on the day it’s been advertised. “On Wednesday, I will examine if we can allot shacks before October 22,” he said.
Ajgaonkar said that the hurdles in implementing the shack policy have gone, and that in the interest of tourism, the state government would work hard to give shack licences as soon as possible so they don’t miss the tourist season.
“We want to provide the best facilities to domestic as well as international tourists visiting the state, and we will do so.”
The state government allots 238 beach shacks in North Goa and 108 in South Goa. As per the shack policy, 50% of shacks are allotted to applications having minimum 10 years experience in their district, and 40% will be alloted to applicants having 5-10 years of experience. The remaining are allotted by draw of lots.
On September 13, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) stayed the implementation of the shack policy 2019-22 until the finalisation of the Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP). The NGT set a deadline of November 15 to finalise the plan. Placed in a quandary, the state government challlenged the NGT stay in the high court.

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