Tourism stakeholders cry foul over demolition drive on Agonda beach




Agonda tourism stakeholders are tensed following the demolition drive which commenced on Wednesday and continued on Thursday as well.

On Thursday, 30 illegal structures on the beach were demolished taking the number up to 52 including those that were demolished on Wednesday.

The structures were set up in private properties close to the beach area, some using cement as plinth. There was also use of low-density lights with shades, low and high-volume loud speakers, besides stacking and use of beach beds.

As the demolition drive continued till late evening on Thursday, locals complained that the tourism season would be affected in Agonda as tourists have already started arriving in the state. Local stakeholders were disappointed as demolition of structures was being carried out at the beginning of the tourist season. 

A magisterial team, consisting of deputy collector Rohit Kadam, who holds the additional charge of Canacona SDO, Canacona mamlatdar Raghuraj Phaldesai, joint mamlatdar, GCZMA officials, was present. Police led by police inspectors of Canacona, Quepem, Curchorem, PSIs of different police stations were also present to maintain law and order
during the mass demolition drive. 

After completion of the drive, the South Goa District Collector will submit a report to the National Green Tribunal (NGT) by November 9.