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Coastal South Goa VPs scrutinising CZMPs

Margao: Village panchayats along South Goa coast have started the work of reviewing their village Coastal Zone Management Plans (CZMP) ahead of the July 7 public meeting to be organised by Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA).

While some panchayats are checking whether there is a match between the map and the ground reality, some panchayats have decided to rope in experts to explain the situation.

The Varca village panchayat at first sight of the plan, which it received last week, noticed that the border lines of two of its beaches were not marked correctly.

“To better understand the plan itself and by superimposing it on Google Maps as well as by checking it on the ground, we have asked some experts in the field to come to the village this week. A proper study will be done along with the expert and the village development committee as well as the village biodiversity committee,” said village panch member Roland Fernandes.

The panchayat will also be holding a special gram sabha next Sunday to discuss the plan and file their objections.

Colva panchayat on the other hand held a consultative meeting a couple of days since receiving the plan and will also hold a special gram sabha on Sunday.

“We had a meeting earlier last week to peruse the map and see if there is need for any correction. We will be placing the map before the special gram sabha on Sunday and decide what objections and suggestions should be sent to the GCZMA,” Colva sarpanch Anthony Fernandes said.

In Benaulim, villagers have been urged to visit the panchayat office and check the plan. Through announcements made during Sunday mass, villagers were asked to give their suggestions and objections in writing to the plan.

The village panchayat of Carmona has kept the plan open for public viewing and scrutiny at the panchayat office and has invited suggestions and objections and convened a special gram sabha on Sunday, June 30 to discuss it. Sarpanch Allwyn Jorge also said that the panchayat would write to the GCZMA to depute their official for the gram sabha to explain the CZMP in detail.

Similarly, several of Salcete’s communidades have also started the work to review the plans. On Sunday, members of the communidade of Assolna, Ambelim, Velim, Chinchinim, Sarzora, Carmona and Chinchinim as well as fishermen associations from Assolna, Betul, Chinchinim, Cavelossim and Velim met to review the plans and to organise awareness programmes across the taluka.

Chennai-based National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management (NCSCM) were tasked with preparing the CZMP for Goa based on the existing CRZ notification 2011 with key basic components including hazard line, demarcation of estuarine along rivers on each side, demarcation of High Tide Line, 200 and 500 metres and delineation of areas vulnerable to effects of sea level rise, waves and tides.

According to the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) in a notice it issued, the plan was kept open for a month from June 6 and will be taken up for public hearing on July 7.

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