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No excavation and land filling adjacent to Mini India site: HC

Panjim: The High Court of Bombay at Goa on Tuesday directed the Mamlatdar concerned to ensure no damage is done to the environment by any excavation and land filling in the area adjacent to the Mini India project site at Quelossim.The Court has asked the mamlatdar to seize all the machinery at the site and take all measures to ensure that no further dumping and excavation is carried out.The court passed the directions while disposing off an application filed by Goa Foundation seeking directions to restrain the project proponent of Mini India Project from undertaking any kind of civil work in 95,000 sq mtrs of land falling within the coastal regulation zone (CRZ).The Division Bench comprising Justice FM Reis and Justice Nutan Sardessai disposed off the application, after respondent – project proponent Movaj Enterprises Pvt Ltd – informed the Court that they have not undertaken any works in the area and the pictures produced by the petitioners claiming works undertaken by them, does not belong to them.
Goa Foundation had moved an application before the Court seeking directions to restrain the project proponent from continuing with any work, either of dumping of mud or bulldozing of dumped mud or any other operations of development or constructions at Survey No 170/1 and 171/1 of Quelossim. The petitioner claimed that despite stop work order issued by the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA), the respondent has undertaken developmental work.However, the respondent countered the charge by stating that it has not undertaken any work in the CRZ area nor in the area which is not part of CRZ. The PIL has argued that there is a specific bar imposed on the IPB under Section 8 of the Investment Board Act which restrains it from granting approvals or recommendations for projects that are located in CRZ and khazan areas. [H]

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