Saturday, October 31, 2009

CMC doesnt want more beach shacks

Even as coastal villagers in the north have been striving to obtain permissions for an additional number of shacks on its beaches this season, those residing in Canacona prefer otherwise. They fear that soil erosion along Canacona's beaches could cause a serious ecological imbalance if not tackled by the concerned authorities. Information obtained under the Right To Information (RTI) reveals that on September 30, 2009, the chief officer of the Canacona Municipal Council wrote to the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) that the shacks allotted are in violation of the Environment Protection Act.

"There is no beach cleanliness system maintained by the tourism department. No lifeguards are available and no sweepers are visible throughout the tourist season (at Canacona), which are the basic requirements before offering the new shack policy. Beach shacks allotted are in total violation of the Environment Protection Act as there is no waste water disposal facility available on the beaches," the letter states.

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