150 illegal structures erected along Agonda coast


Around 150 illegal temporary structures have been erected at Dhawalkhajan-Agonda beach at Canacona, without any permission from the panchayat in violation of the coastal regulation zone (CRZ) rules, alleged Dajula Pagi, sarpanch of Agonda village panchayat.
Pagi said that illegal electricity connections have also been supplied to them directly from electricity poles and some residences even have underground cables in violation of rules.
These illegal structures include kiosks, huts, tents, shacks and massage parlours.
Pagi also said that Terezinha Milagres and Honarto Fernades from Agonda have filed a complaint with the deputy director of panchayats, directorate of panchayats and electricity department at Canacona in this connection, adding that these authorities neither act against these structures nor against those who have constructed them or supplied electricity connections to them.
Panchayat secretary K Damu has said that not a single NOC has been given for these seasonal structures. He further said that before obtaining seasonal NOCs, the concerned owner must get NOCs from the tourism, fire and emergency services and health department.
"These people have paid hefty sums to a few elected representatives and enjoy their patronage," alleged Vivekrao Gaonkar, a social worker.
Ashok Padwalkar, assistant engineer of electricity department, Canacona, said that so far not a single connection is given to any seasonal structure on the Agonda coast, adding that only two were given at Canacona.
Sapnesh Desai, panch of Agonda village, stated that "Many illegal permanent structures are mushrooming on the Agonda beach and concerned authorities should keep tabs on all of them and not target just a few." [TOI]