Goa NOT diluting CRZ rules: Sequeira

PTI, PANAJI | 13 August 2010 23:19 IST

Goa environment minister Aleixo Sequeira today dispelled apprehensions that the state was diluting the draft Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) 2010 rules by seeking special considerations.

"Goa is not diluting the Act. We are fighting for the rights of fishing community. May be you have failed to convince (your) government on the issue," Sequeira shot back during an interaction with media and environmentalists in Goa University near here. 

The minister was participating in the first session of the two-day long regional media briefing workshop on coasts, coastal population and their concerns organised by Delhi-based Centre for Science and Environment and Goa Union of Journalists. 

Replying to a query by an environmentalist working with fishing community in south India that why Goa was trying to dilute the act by asking for special status to fishermen in the state, Sequeira said Goa government was interested in getting protected the rights of traditional fishermen staying on the coastline, in CRZ 2010. 

He claimed there are structures existing on the coast since Portuguese domination era which need to be protected from being razed down under CRZ rules. 

Goa had represented to the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) after fears were raised to demolish various traditional structures standing along the 105-km-long coastline following a High court directive last year. 

The minister said the families of fishermen staying on the coast have grown over the years needing bigger dwellings.

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Smt. Vitholibai S. Lamani,

MMC /CL 96

Kante Baina

Near Shafi Masjid, W/VII,

Vasco da Gama

Date: 16/07/2011

Sub: Consideration for Rehabilitation


I the undersigned Smt. Vitholibai Lamani W/o of late Shri. Shankar Lamani would like to place before your kind honour that my husband was expired in the year 1992 and left with four daughter under minor age. I am earning my livelihood by selling fish in local fish market at Baina.

Sir, I am resident of Katem Baina near Shafi Masjid, Vasco. I am resident for last 35 years. I herewith attached documents with this application for your perusal to prove my existence at above location.

Sir, Further, would like to bring to kind notice that my house (House No. MMC/CL 96), which comes under National Highway 17B, alignment, was never considered for rehabilitation, although houses adjacent to my house have earmarked in alignment and rehabilitated.

However, in last seven year when the process had being to earmarked structures coming the road alignment had begun, I have not received a single notice or summon either from Mormugao Municipality, SLO, PWD or Goa State Rehabilitation Board.

To my surprised on Thursday (June 30, 2011), when few officials were demolishing structures adjacent my house, panic gripped my mind and apprehension that my house would also be demolished.

When enquired with neighbors and officers present during demolition, have asked me to apply for rehabilitation package since my house also comes under the highway alignment.

Sir, this is too hard to inform you that I have neither other sources to earn my livelihood except selling of fish nor any other property to shift my house with my daughters and no one had guided me earlier otherwise I would have applied much earlier.

I, therefore, kindly request for your goodself you that consider my application under Rehabilitation scheme.

Your doing needful at the earliest is highly appreciable.

Thanking you in anticipation,

Yours faithfully,

(Smt. Vitholibai S. Lamani)

C.C. to: DY. Collector & SDM – Mormugao

Documents: Ration Card,

: Election Card,

: House Tax,

: Electricity Bill,

- suresh M Lamani, Baina Vasco | 16 th July 2011 18:08


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