Tuesday 13 Apr 2021

Varca resolutions forwarded to GCZMA


The extraordinary gram sabha of the Varca village panchayat had adopted a host of resolutions in respect of the Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP) demanding the immediate withdrawal of the port limits from the plan.

The resolutions were forwarded to the Member Secretary, Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) for appropriate action.

The resolutions seek showing all the existing structures on the plan and to remove the hazard line.

It was also resolved that the fish ward boundary should be at Coastal belt itself and not beyond 500 meters, as the meeting resolved that buffer Zone for mangroves plan should not be allowed because mangroves will encroach innearby fields.

The resolution has further demanded that the updated Sand Du11cs and mangroves should be incorporated and other existing infrastructure as well as proposed future infrastructure as per the CZM plan proposed by Village Panchayat of Varca.

While demanding holding of public hearing at the Panchayat level, the meeting demanded that the CZMP Authority should explain the proposed Plan to the general Public and Stakeholders and prepare new plan after incorporating the objections and Suggestions from the villagers and Stakeholders.

After going through the plans in details and after deliberating the issue threadbare and after prolonged discussions, Sarpanch Charlton Lourenco said the gram sabha members unanimously resolved to reject the plan sent by the GCZMA and accepted the plan prepared by the Panchayat body

Plea to incorporate existing 
development in final CZMP

MARGAO: Assolna Sarpanch Xavier Almeida has dashed off a letter to the Member Secretary, Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) demanding that the existing development by the local communities be incorporated in the final CZMP.

The Sarpanch said the GCZMA must incorporate the suggestions as per the guidelines laid down in the CRZ notification 2011 to ensure equality and justice to the affected people.

In his letter, the Sarpanch said the new draft CZMPs prepared by NCSCM and sent to the Panchayat is full of gross errors and irreparable flaws. “We have already sent to you by an earlier email the draft CZMPs prepared by us and submitted in 2019 to you incorporating the relevant data, which should be used as the draft CZMPs for finalization. It is observed by the local residents that the draft CZMPs prepared by NCSCM shows only those of our houses which were existing in 1971. Many houses and other structures have been constructed, expanded or repaired during the 50 years thereafter, but none of these are demarcated on the draft CZMPs prepared by NCSCM”, Xavier pointed out.

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