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Reduce shacks on Bardez’s popular beach stretch: NCSCM

Panjim: Shack permissions along the Calangute-Candolim-Baga-Sinquerim stretch have been given for just one season as the beaches have exceeded their carrying capacity.The National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management (NCSCM), which conducted a study of the beach carrying capacity across the State, actually recommended a reduction in the number of beach shacks along these beaches for the current tourism season.“In case of Calangute-Baga to Sinquerim, though the carrying capacity is available based on footfalls, the carrying capacity in terms of number of shacks has exceeded and thus the number of shacks to be erected on these beach stretches were to be reduced by eight, based on the concept of length and 33 percent beach area to be occupied,” NCSCM recommended in its report.
However, Tourism Department objected to the recommendation stating that these beaches are frequented by a large number of tourists. The department said that the number of shacks to be allotted under the previous policy was frozen in 2014 and thereafter an increase of more than 40 percent in arrival of tourists can be reasonably assumed as is made out from the year to year increase in total arrival of tourists in Goa. After listening to both agencies, Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) decided that since, Baga-Sinquerim stretch is frequented by a high number of tourists, the number of shacks proposed to be erected may be maintained at the earlier numbers as permitted during the last tourist season under the tourism policy of 2013-2016 as against the figure of 188 recommended by the NCSCM. This year permissions have been given to 196 shacks along this stretch.
“In- principle permission for erection of temporary shacks on Calangute Beach, Candolim Beach shall be valid only for the Tourist Season 2016-17,” GCZMA added. The beach belts of Calangute-Candolim are thickly populated with large inflow of foreign and domestic tourists during the season annually.Tourism Department has allotted 364 beach shacks in North and South Goa. The demarcation process at the ground level for erection of shacks is currently in process. [H]

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