Deputy Collector and Sub Divisional Magistrate, Mapusa, D. M. Redkar issued “stop work order” to the owners of Goa’s most popular night clubs – Tito’s and Mambo’s – for carrying out illegal constructions in Survey No. 243/15 of village Calangute within 200 to 500 meters from the high tide line (HTL).
The area within 200 to 500 metres from HTL is designated a no development zone under the Coastal Regulation Zone.
The Deputy Collector issued the order to David D’Souza, Lucille D’Souza and Lucille D’Souza to stop the constructions after he received a complaint from Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA).
GCZMA Member Secretary Michael D’Souza, in his complaint to the deputy collector said that even otherwise the alleged construction going on, being in the NDZ is violative of the provisions of Coastal Regulatory Zone (CRZ) notification. Earlier, Ravindra Jana had complained to GCZMA about illegal constructions in the NDZ.
The deputy collector has directed the Calangute Police Inspector to see that status quo is maintained and no construction is carried out further. The next hearing is fixed on 7th January 2011. Sources informed that despite the stop work order, the illegal construction has not been stopped and being carried out very cautiously.
Both these night clubs are considered to be the most happening places in Goa where the tourism season has just started. In fact, the Deputy Collector’s order would come as a big blow to the two establishments as major crowd pullers – Christmas and New Year’s eve night – would be coming before the next hearing.