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GCZMA warns of ‘demolishing’ Saturday Night Market for CRZ violations

Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) has warned demolition of the temporary and permanent structures located within 50 metres of High Tide Line for the state’s Saturday night market in Arpora village for alleged violation of norms and issued a show cause notice.

The notice, issued recently after activist Kashinath Shetye alleged violations by the owner of the market, stated that temporary huts, stalls and permanent structures like office, dance floor and a concrete structure have been built within 50 metres of High Tide Line, a senior official said today.

The market, named as ‘Mackie’s Saturday Night Market’ and a popular nightlife spot in North Goa, is owned by local businessman Joseph Pereira.

The notice issued under section 5 of the Environment (Protection) Act 1986 directs to explain “why a direction to demolish the structures as stated above and restore the land to its original condition should not be issued to you”.

“The failure to reply to the notice within a week will force GCZMA to demolish the structure without further notice,” GCMZA member secretary Srinit Kotwale has said in the order.

“The alleged illegal construction and activity is highly detrimental to the coastal ecosystem/ riverine ecosystem,” it stated.

As per the CRZ Notification 2011, the entire belt of 100 metres from the HTL of river and 200 mts. From the HTL from sea is designated as ‘No Development Zone’ (NDZ) and hence no construction/development whatsoever is permissible in the said belt.

Savio Rodrigues

Savio Rodrigues Founder & Editor-in-Chief GoaChronicle.com

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