Eleven beach shacks at Utorda/Majorda get ‘Stop Notices’ from Dept of Tourism

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The Department of Tourism, Govt.  of  Goa  on  Tuesday has  issued  ‘Stop Notices’ to 11 beach shacks  at Utorda/Majorda  directing for stoppage of  operations  with  immediate  effect. The orders were issued today following directions from the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) and Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA).

The  Department  of Tourism,  in a  press statement  issued today,  disclosed  that  joint  inspections   conducted  by  officials of  the  Department  of  Tourism,  GSPCB and GCZMA had revealed  violations under the  Environment  protection  Act and  Tourism Policy for erection of temporary seasonal structures 2013-16.

A common violation noted by the authorities was of discharge kitchen and sewerage waste in to open pit dug in the sand. The GSPCB had also issued directions   to the erring beach shacks to rectify the defects within a period of 7 days. The GCZMA has directed the Department of Tourism to take immediate action to stop the activities of the beach shacks till the time the defects are rectified.

The Deputy  Director, Department of  Tourism, Government  of  Goa, Shri  Arvind  Khutkar  said  that  the  shacks  have to  comply with the  notices and  directions given therein within  seven  days, failing  which  further action  would be initiated.

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