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No dismantling shacks during monsoon!

Though non-operational, structures may now brave the rainy months from June to August

Story: THE GOAN NETWORK | 28th April 2016, 12:00 Hrs

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DRAFT NOTIFICATION ISSUED

* Beach shacks allowed to remain standing during from June to August

* The structures will not be operational during the monsoon months

* Amendment to the CRZ notification was sought by shack operators

* Shack operators in pvt lands stand to benefit from this amendment

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WHY WAS AMENDMENT SOUGHT?

* Shack operators had sought the amendment as removing and putting the structures year after a year was a substantial expense

* Their grouse was that the removing and re-putting of shacks each year also damaged the material

* They had sought that they be allowed to keep the beach shacks in place during the monsoon months

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It will particularly benefit the private beach shack owners

- Rajendra Arlekar, Environment Minister

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It is a welcome move. All temporary tourism related businesses will benefit from it

- Cruz Cardozo, GSOWS president

PANAJI: The Ministry of Environment Forests and Climate Change has issued a draft amendment to the CRZ notification 2011 allowing beach shacks to remain standing during the months of June to August provided that they are not operational during the monsoon months.

The draft notification issued by the Ministry of Environment of Forests has introduced clause 3(iiia) after clause 3(iii) “such structures shall not be removed and dismantled during the month(s) of June to August: provided that the facilities provided in these structures shall remain non operational during the month(s) of June to August.”

Speaking to The Goan, Environment Minister Rajendra Arlekar said that the amendment was sought by the beach shack operators in the state and it will particularly benefit those beach shack owners in private lands.

“They had sought the amendment as removing and putting the structures year after a year was a substantial expense. Their grouse was that the removing and re-putting of shacks each year also damaged the material. They had sought that they be allowed to keep the beach shacks in place during the monsoon months,” Arlekar said.

“It will particularly benefit the private beach shack owners,” he added.

The CRZ notification 2011 had special provisions for Goa which included a clause to allow for “purely temporary and seasonal structures customarily put up between the months of September to May” referring to beach shacks and huts without specifically referring to them by name.

Speaking to The Goan, Cruz Cardozo the president of the Goa Shack Owners Welfare Society said that the move is welcome and should benefit all the temporary tourism owners.

“It is a welcome move. All temporary tourism related businesses will benefit from it,” Cardozo said. The draft notification issued on April 25, will be kept open for suggestions and objections from the public for a period of 60 days and thereafter it will be finalised and amended.

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