By Anupama Vimal
The Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority has to pay Rs one crore as interim environmental compensation for failing to act against illegal structures on the beach. The National Green Tribunal the other day had issued the order to deposit the compensation with the Central Pollution Control Board in a week.
The NGT issued the order on a petition filed by Goa Paryavaran Sanrakshan Samithi, who had demanded demolition of illegal structures along the coast that falls in the CZR purview. In the order, the Tribunal also ordered that the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority should file a compliance report within three weeks before it.
In February, the Tribunal had asked the Coastal Zone Management Authority to take steps against the illegally constructed temporary structures in Morzim, Galgibaga, Agonda and Mandrem.
In the order, the National Green Tribunal has also directed the Coastal Zone Management Authority to enforce the recommendations/directions issued by the Forest Department for conserving the turtle breeding grounds.
The NGT had said that the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority had failed in its duty. It also said that the Authority had failed to act on the directions of the tribunal. It was in 2017 that the National Green Tribunal directed all illegal buildings and structures to be demolished. The green tribunal is also said to have been irked over the non- compliance of its 2017 order.