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No Adverse Impact On Environment: Bombay HC At Goa Allows Government To Go Ahead With Erecting Beach Shacks [Read Order]

Lawstreet Journal 11 Oct 2019 9:03pm

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Noting that there is no evidence of adverse impact on the environment on account of the erection of the shacks for a temporary duration, the Bombay High Court at Goa on October 7, 2019, in the case of Shack Owners Welfare Society Goa v. State of Goa, has vacated the stay imposed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) that had stopped shacks to come up on the state’s beaches and permitted the state government to go ahead with allotments of these temporary structures.

A Division Bench comprising of Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice M.S. Sonak passed the ruling while hearing two writ petitions. One filed by the Shack Owners Welfare Society of Goachallenging an interim order of the NGT that had put a stay on the erection of shacks in Goa and another filed by the State of Goa, seeking extension of time to finalise the Coastal Zone Management Plan envisaged by the CRZ notification of 2011.

On September 13, 2019, the NGT had issued the stay on the erection of shacks on the beaches of Goa, noting that unregulated development activity was resulting in damage to the environment in the absence of a Coastal Zone Management Plan.

While extending the time for finalising the Coastal Management Plan, the Tribunal had also restrained the implementation of the Shack Policy. The Shack Policy for the year 2019-2022 permits 259 shacks in North Goa and 105 shacks in South Goa on the beaches to be erected.

In appeal, the bench observed that the said Shack Policy envisages temporary beach shacks to be erected using… Continue Reading...

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