Bombay HC allows Goa govt to issue licences for beach shacks

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An NGT order had stalled the issuing of licences to beach shacks until the state authorities submits a Coastal Zone Management Plan. (Representational picture)

The Bombay High Court at Goa on Monday allowed the state authorities to issue momentary licences for the organising of shacks promoting meals and drinks on seashores.

“The tourist season having commenced in the state of Goa, and keeping in view the large employment generated, we dispose of the petition staying the operation of the NGT (National Green Tribunal) order to the State of Goa,” the order reads.

“We permit the state to implement the shack policy 2019-22. We would request the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority to finalise for the state of Goa the Coastal Zone Management Plan as soon as possible and preferably by the date specified by the NGT,” it additionally states.

Noting that the shacks are erected with eco-friendly materials corresponding to wooden, bamboo and palm leaves, the courtroom noticed that the shacks have existed for many years and there’s no proof of hostile affect on the setting on account of the shacks.

A division bench of Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice Mahesh Sonak was listening to a petition by activists difficult a NGT order which had stalled the issuing of licences to beach shacks until the state authorities submits a Coastal Zone Management Plan. The Goa authorities was to submit the plan by August 30, with the NGT ordering that no licences must be given to arrange shacks till submissions are given.

While the licences are given by the tourism division, the petitioners complained that not one of the ecological measures are ever in place.

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