Tourism stakeholders cry foul over demolition drive on Agonda beach



Agonda tourism stakeholders are tensed following the
demolition drive which commenced on Wednesday and continued on Thursday as

On Thursday, 30 illegal structures on the beach were
demolished taking the number up to 52 including those that were demolished on

The structures were set up in private properties close to
the beach area, some using cement as plinth. There was also use of low-density
lights with shades, low and high-volume loud speakers, besides stacking and use
of beach beds.

As the demolition drive continued till late evening on
Thursday, locals complained that the tourism season would be affected in Agonda
as tourists have already started arriving in the state. Local stakeholders were
disappointed as demolition of structures was being carried out at the beginning
of the tourist season.

A magisterial team, consisting of deputy collector Rohit
Kadam, who holds the additional charge of Canacona SDO, Canacona mamlatdar
Raghuraj Phaldesai, joint mamlatdar, GCZMA officials, was present. Police led
by police inspectors of Canacona, Quepem, Curchorem, PSIs of different police
stations were also present to maintain law and order
during the mass demolition drive.

After completion of the drive, the South Goa District
Collector will submit a report to the National Green Tribunal (NGT) by November

Source:: The Navhind Times

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