Thursday, August 23, 2007

Heat is turned on by CRZMA

All those tears of citizens in Goa, whose once virgin beaches became an eyesore with deforestation and compound walls constructed might feel a sign of relief. (I am still awaiting for information asked in my RTI Application on Goan Real Estate and Construction Ltd project of Aldei De Goa) SEE VIDEO ON VIOLATIONS
Nevertheless here is the news update on this....

Bambolim construction permissions challenged in HC

NT Legal Correspondent

Panaji, Aug 24 The permissions granted by the Curca panchayat to Goan Real Estate and Construction Ltd have been challenged before the division bench of the Bombay High Court.

The Curca panchayat had granted permission to the company to construct a hotel cum residential project at Bambolim village, part of which falls within the 100 metre no development zone according to the Coastal Regulation Zone notification.

When the matter came up before the division bench, Mr Justice R M S Khandeparkar informed the counsel for the petitioner that he was unable to take up the matter.

The court however granted liberty to the petitioner to mention the matter for August 28 and the matter will be now heard by the division bench of Mr Justice R S Mohite and Mr Justice N A Britto.

The petitioners have sought a stay on the developments within 100 metres on the grounds that the area has been classified as CRZ III in the Goa Coastal Zone Management Plan, approved by the central government.

The Curca village panchayat had issued a construction license in July 1995 which was again renewed for three years in October, 1998. According to the petitioners no revalidation could be done without considering the law applicable at the time of revalidation and the series of revalidations is illegal because it was issued after the date of expiry.

It may be recalled that the division bench of the Bombay High Court comprising of Mr Justice R S Mohite and Mr Justice N A Britto had set aside the orders passed by the Goa Coastal Zone management Authority directing the additional collector, North Goa to a pass a status quo order on construction by the company and also the orders passed by the additional collector, Mr Swapnil Naik to stop the work of the construction project.

Now with this petition the fate of the ongoing construction will depend on the decision of the court.

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