Goa govt to employ satellite imaginary company to identify CRZ violations

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Mapusa: The Goa government will employ a company involved in satellite imagery to map the structures that existed on the shoreline of the coastal state before 1991 to understand the extend of Coastal Regulation Zone violations, a senior official said.
State Environment Minister Nilesh Cabral told a public redressal meeting in North Goa that the state government will file affidavit before the High Court listing out the structures which existed before 1991, a cut off date as per the CRZ Regulations.
Goa State Coastal Zone Management Authority had issued show cause notices to 275 structures, giving them a time to respond with the documentation to prove that their structures existed before the year 1991.
A senior GSCZMA official said that the notices were issued after the High Court order against the gross violations in the CRZ areas.
Cabral said that the state government would be engaging a company equipped with the expertise of satellite imaginary so that it will map the area post 1991.
He said that the state government will submit an affidavit before High Court seeking more time to implement the order of demolition till the exercise of satellite imaginary is completed.
The minister said that all the structures that existed before the year 1991 would be protected, but those who have sprung after that will have to face demolition. “I am sorry, I would not be able to help you, if your structure has come up after 1991 in the CRZ area,” he said.

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