High Court issues notice to CM’s son on eco-tourism project

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Panaji: Bombay High Court at Goa on Tuesday issued notices to Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s son Abhijat and others in connection with the Public Interest Litigation filed against him accusing him of destroying the forest area in South Goa for his eco-tourism project ‘Hideaway Hospitality.’

High Court’s Division Bench comprising Justice Mahesh Sonak and Justice Prithviraj Chavan issued notices to Abhijat and several others including senior government officials asking them to file the reply by March 11.

The PIL was filed by locals Abhijit Satyavan Desai and Prakash Bhagat alleging that  rampant destruction of forest adjoining Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary in   Netravali village, Sanguem Taluka, specially in the notified Eco-Sensitive Zone of Netravali, Sanguem Taluka, South Goa by Hideaway Hospitality, a company owned by Abhijat.

The notices are also issued to Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Chief Secretary of Goa State, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest, Goa State Eco-sensitie zone management Committee, Village Panchayat of Neturlim and Goa Investment Promotion and Felicitation Board amongst others.

“The Petition will set out how the entire machinery of the State Government was misused by the route of Investment Promotion Board  to grant “in-principle approval” and into granting permissions illegally to the project of Abhijat  and on the strength of the permissions obtained, has in fact proceeded on a rampage to clear and destroy forest in the property,” the PIL reads.

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