The Goa State Environment Impact Assessment Authority at its 42nd meeting held recently has approved the grant of environment clearance to the proposed construction of district and sessions courts complex at Merces.
The project proponent – Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation – had submitted a proposal seeking EC due to increase in the total built-up area from 20,091 square metres to 36,524.60 square metres falling under 8a (B2) category of the EIA Notification 2006 (building & constructions), which makes environmental clearance mandatory.
The three-member authority headed by Vivekanand Sawkar took the decision to grant clearance after closely examining the compliances submitted by the GSIDC and also the recommendations made by the Goa state expert appraisal committee on the project.
The minutes of the meeting said, “The authority subsequently perused the compliances submitted by the project proponent and recommendations by the committee and accordingly decided to recommend the said proposal for grant of environmental clearance under the provision of the EIA Notification 2006 (as amended).”
The SEIAA and the SEAC are the authorities that grant CRZ clearance and environment nod for projects in the state.
The appraisal committee helps the authority in decision making.
However, the SEAC during its site inspection conducted on December 28, 2017 noted that the project proponent had already started construction on the site without obtaining environmental clearance.
The same was confirmed by the SEIAA during its site inspection on March 16.
While granting the clearance, the authority noted that the proposed site being in the catchment area, proper drainage drawing/plan should be prepared by the project proponent and needs to be approved by the water resources department, as the surrounding area is likely to get flooded during heavy monsoon.
The SEIAA has asked the GSIDC to open up the blocked road from the other side to prevent waterlogging/flooding since the area is low-lying area. The authority directed the project proponent to ask the public works department to clear the blocked nallah.
However, the authority put 29 conditions to be followed, which include dust mitigation measures during construction, no discharge of waste water into any water body and provision of installation of solar panels while constructing rooftops.
Source:: The Navhind Times