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Goa wants to give nod for weddings, parties, music fests on beaches

Panaji: In a significant move that may change the face of Goa’s beach front, the state government has asked the Centre to allow it to grant permission for beach weddings, music festivals and parties, and for construction of temporary structures for new hotels and resorts in the no development zone.

In a letter dated June 29 interspersed with etcs and ellipsis, state environment director Ravi Jha has written to the Union ministry of environment, forests and climate change to incorporate Goa’s suggestions in the CRZ notification, 2018, a copy of which has been marked to the principal secretary to the chief minister.

Jha, in his letter, has said the state government’s suggestions were made in consultations with the state departments, stakeholders and corporations.

Giving a raft of proposals to be included in the CRZ notification, the state government has also suggested that many of the responsibilities like handling solid wastes and untreated sewage discharged on to the coast or coastal waters be taken away from the town and country planning authority and handed over to “village panchayats, urban local bodies….”

The state has also urged the Centre to permit construction of foreshore facilities like ports, harbours, quays, dry docks, slipways, mooring dolphins, floating jetties, bridges, sea links and maintenance of waterways, channels and ports by dredging or desilting.

For the people following traditional occupations, the government has sought facilities of net mending yards, ice plants, fish drying platforms, sanitary facilities, to be included in the notification. The state has also sought inclusion of setting up of temporary floating cages for mariculture in open sea. It has also sought exemption of mandatory CRZ clearances projects such as cable stayed.

The letter has said that the state government be permitted to amend/revise the coastal zone management plan (CZMP) in case of projects which might have been left out during the preparation of CZMPs in order to execute time-bound projects “which serve public interest”.

The state government has also suggested public amenities such as toilets, changing rooms, tourists information kioks, shower panels, walkways using interlocking paver blocks, for physically disabled and senior citizens, drinking water facility, seating arrangements, recreational facilities to be included in the notification.

It has also spoken of having a sewerage and solid waste management plan for fishing and other coastal community habitants in NDZ. [TOI]

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