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High Court notice to GCZMA to allowing cottages in NDZ

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Panaji: The Bombay High Court at Goa has issued notice to Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) for granting permissions for erection of wooden cottages in the 200 meters of No Development Zone (NDZ) in Anjuna.

The notice was issued in a public interest litigation filed by the Goa Foundation and Sagardeep Sirsaikar, a resident of Anjuna, challenging GCZMA permissions granted to Krishna Parab and W hotels to erect 15 wooden cottages in the 200 metre NDZ of Anjuna village.

The PIL challenges all structures used for keeping tourists in the 200 metre NDZ and claims this is not permitted by the CRZ notification. Present policy of allowing such structures called huts, chalets, shacks is an abuse of the CRZ.

As one of the interim relief, the petitioner has pleaded that GCZMA be restrained from granting any permissions for erection and use of any temporary structures including huts, tents and cottages for occupation by tourists/visitors within the private or public lands falling in the NDZ, i.e., the lands commencing from the HTL upto 200 metres.

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