Illegal extensions to 30 tourism dept stalls in Colva demolished

Times of India | 4 weeks ago | 09-11-2022 | 04:33 am

Illegal extensions to 30 tourism dept stalls in Colva demolished

Colva: The tourism department on Tuesday demolished the illegal extensions of 30 stalls at Colva beach on the orders of the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA). The demolition commenced in the morning. A sizeable police force was present on site.A few leaseholders initially put up some protest and sought time to remove the extensions. One even tried to gain time by telling the officials that he is approaching the High Court and that he should be given time as a matter of natural justice.The tourism department constructed the 30 stalls in 1988 and subsequently leased them.In 2006, the High Court taking suo motu cognisance of extensions and constructions carried out in Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) areas had directed all panchayats and municipalities to submit an action taken report before the GCZMA.The tourism department in its submission to the GCZMA admitted that the stalls had been illegally extended by the lease holders following which the coastal authority, in exercise of its powers under Section 5 of the Environment (Protection) Act, directed the department to demolish all the illegal extensions. It also directed the Salcete deputy collector to submit compliance within a day of the demolition.

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