GCZMA says No to new applications for private shacks pending finalization of CZMP

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Panaji: Pending drafting and finalization of Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP) for the State, the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) has decided not to consider any new applications for temporary seasonal structures in private properties or hotels along the beach belts.

The new permissions for huts, shacks, tents, cottages in private properties or to hotels along the beach area of 0-200 meters from High Tide Line (HTL) will not be accepted, authority decided.

GCZMA, during its meeting, noted that State is under the process of preparation of CZMP which will entail specific provisions for the management of ESAs in Goa and the process is yet to be completed.

“Therefore, exercising the precautionary principle to conserve the unique ecology of beaches and also to prevent overcrowding of beach areas, Authority is of considered opinion that No new applications for huts/shacks/ tents/cottages in private properties/ hotels along the beach area (0-200 mtr from HTL) is to be accepted and processed by GCZMA till the finalization of CZMP by the State Government,” the meeting resolved.

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