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Despite covid scare, Govt issues notification calling for public hearing on Marina Project

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Panaji: While the state has banned gathering of people including Gram Sabhas, the notification by Goa State Pollution Control Board calling for Environmental Public Hearing for controversial Marina project at Nauxi has raised eyebrows.

The project had faced stringent opposition from the locals after which Chief minister Pramod Sawant had kept it on hold.

Goa State Pollution Control Board Member Secretary Sharmila Monteiro has issued a notice for the public hearing for “AHOY Marina” project on July 26 at 10.30 am at Athletic Stadium, Curca.

The sudden need to conduct the hearing has raised eyebrows as State government continues to ban gathering of the people to avoid spread of coronavirus.

Locals have said that their oppose for the project will continue.

“The Environmental Public Hearing is conducted for ascertaining the concerns of the affected people who can express their views or seek information or clarifications from the project,” the notification reads.

Monteiro has said that the concerned persons having plausible stake in the Environmental aspect of this project or activity can send their views, suggestions, comments and objections in writing on or before the scheduled date of public hearing, Monteiro has said.

The locals have said that they will now demand for complete scrapping of marina project as it is going to severely affect their livelihood.

Questions are also raised on the role played by chief minister Pramod Sawant in the recent developments.

The recent development is also shocking considering the fact that Union Minister Prakash Javadekar had assured the people that the Marina project will not come up at the cost of livelihood of the people.

 

 

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