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Reis Magos-Portais waddo locals irked over buffer zone issue

Reis Magos: The residents of Portais waddo of Reis Magos have strongly objected to the marking of fifty metres buffer zone in the draft CZMP as there are old houses located in the said ‘zone’.

The GCZMA had sent an official from the land survey to explain to the people regarding the CZMP as most of the people are not aware of what has been shown in the plan. This exercise is being carried out in all the villages so that the people put forth objections and suggestions as to what they want in the plan before the final notification comes out.

The villagers of Reis Magos came at the panchayat office where a meeting was held and at that time the residents of Portais waddo raised objection over the fifty metres buffer zone in their ward.

The villagers told the land survey official that there are mangroves on one side of the river bank while on the other side there are no mangroves and yet it was shown as a buffer zone. “There are houses that were built during the Portuguese era and these houses have to be maintained; our families have expanded and our children will build houses. Those who came and conducted the survey using Google map have shown mangroves when they are in fact fruit-bearing trees,” they said.

The villagers pointed out that the total area along the river Mandovi has been shown as fishermen’s area and this has been objected to. They said that if the plan was cleared in the present form, in future no construction would be allowed and no commercial activity will take place.

Saligao MLA Jayesh Salgaonkar, who was also present for the meeting, said that “the CZMP map is not correct; mangroves have grown in the area where there were fields due to saline water entering the cultivable


Sarpanch of Reis Magos Virendra Shirodkar told this daily that the residents of Portais waddo have a genuine grievance as there are some houses located along the river bank and old houses built during the Portuguese era need to be maintained, but buffer zone could be

a hurdle.

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