State to file review plea before NGT

NT NETWORK

Panaji

Hours after the National Green Tribunal stayed the
implementation of Goa beach shack policy, the state government on
Friday said that it will file a ‘review’ application before the tribunal.

“We will approach the NGT with a prayer to vacate the
stay order in the interest of the tourism industry in Goa. Every year we allow
shacks on beaches, and for this
particular season we have also obtained permission from the Goa Coastal Zone
Management Authority,” said Deputy Chief
Minister Manohar Azgaonkar while interacting with media persons at the official
residence of Chief Minister Pramod Sawant at Althinho in Panaji.

The green watchdog
stayed the implementation of the beach shack policy as the state has failed to comply with a NGT order that had asked the state government
to prepare and submit its coastal zone management plan 2011 to the Union ministry of environment,
forest and climate change.

Sawant chaired a joint meeting with Azgaonkar, RDA
Minister Michael Lobo, advocate general Devidas Pangam and shack operators to
explore legal options for interim relief
from the NGT’s stay order.

Azgaonkar, who holds the tourism portfolio, claimed that
shack operators will challenge the NGT order in the High Court.

However, the shack operators maintained that they are yet
to take any decision on approaching any authority, and will seek legal opinion
to get immediate relief from the NGT order.

Lobo said the state government is duty-bound to come out
with the CZMP, adding that the
government will impress the green court upon the repercussions the tourism
industry would face if shacks are not allowed on beaches.

“The shacks on the beaches are only for a period of six
months, and are temporary in nature. Foreign and domestic tourists need deck
beds kept at the shacks. We will tell
the NGT that these shacks are allotted to the unemployed youth… that’s how we
try to beat unemployment to some extent,” he explained.

Lobo urged the people to cooperate with the government in
preparing and finalising the CZMP at the earliest.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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