The National Coastal Zone Management Authority (NCZMA) has deferred a decision on the final classification of the Dona Paula to Vainguinim beach under the Coastal Zone Regulation Notification 2011 on grounds that technically though the area is developed, legally it is not classified as urban area.
The classification of this stretch of Goa’s coastline was directed by the Bombay High Court at Goa following a petition filed by Carlos Noronha who had challenged classification of four stretches of the beachfront in this area as CRZ II wherein constructions were prohibited.
When the matter came up for hearing before the court on Friday, the NCZMA submitted that the whole issue needs to be relooked in view of the fresh notification issued this year.
The area which is now being looked at comprises of Cabo Raj Niwas up to Dona Paula Cove, Dona Paula cove to Vainguinim beach, Vainguinim beach up to Panjim city limits towards Siridao beach side and the entire stretch of land at Ribandar along the Mandovi river bank.
Meanwhile the Goa State Coastal Regulation Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) said that the final integrated coastal zone plans mandated by the CRZ Notification 2011, will be prepared considering the Regional Plan 2021 which is still in the process of being notified.
GCZMA Member Secretary Michael D’Souza has reportedly urged the NCZMA to highlight mangroves, sand dunes and other ecologically sensitive areas of Goa on the map which in turn will be superimposed on the Regional Plan maps.