NGT issues notices to Goa & central Govts on Terekhol bridge

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 20 October 2014 18:10 IST

The National Green Tribunal has issued notice to the Goa and central government on the issue of the construction of Terekhol bridge in Pernem taluka.

The NGT has issued notice to the Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation, GCZMA and the Ministry of Environment and Forests on the construction of the Terekhol Bridge.

The NGT was considering an appeal filed by the Goa Foundation on the issue.

The matter would be now heard on 31 October to decide whether to stay the construction.

The Foundation sought to challenge the CRZ clearance dated 22.10.2013 granted by the GCZMA for construction of a major bridge project across the Terekhol estuary costing Rs.77 crores as it was in violation of the CRZ Notification 1991/2011 issued under the provisions of the Environment Protection Act, 1986 and the approved Goa Coastal Zone Management Plan dated 27.9.1996.

Permission as required from the Ministry of Environment & Forests has not been obtained. The GSIDC has nonetheless commenced construction of the bridge. Permission has been granted by the GCZMA despite the characterization of the area as CRZ I and in violation of the provisions and procedures laid down in the CRZ notification.

The bridge access on southern side is being constructed in the beach zone, immediately on the HTL of Keri beach which is demarcated as CRZ I as per the approved Coastal Zone Management Plan and CRZ notification.

The bridge is being constructed without prescribed study of environmental impact and that too in the NDZ of Keri and across the estuary of Terekhol river which is ecosensitive area and in the absence of an approved CZMP.

Northern side access is in Terekhol village, in forested land, for which no diversion order under FCA, 1980, has been obtained.

According to the GSIDC website, construction work of the bridge commenced on in June this year.

The appeal alleges the bridge design and project was part of a press note issued by project consultants seeking to construct a golf course in the village of Terekhol. Hence the public purpose of bridge construction is doubted.

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