The Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court has ruled that the owners of ‘Tipsy Villa’ should demolish the illegal construction, that is within 200 meters of the Goa Beach tidal line, in ten days, failing which the Calangute panchayat will demolish it within 15 days thereafter.
This construction has been done within 200 meters of the sea level of the CRZ area. Due to the negligence of the government with a breakneck speed during the pandemic
The petition was filed by fisherman and social activist Alex Fernandes from Umatawada in Calangute.
The division bench of Justice M.S Sonak and M.S Jawalkar observed in the judgment that construction is prohibited in this area and no occupancy certificate has been obtained from the panchayat after completion of the construction. The construction was carried out during the Covid period without any permission from any official or panchayat.
The Court has also directed the electricity as well as water connection of this constructed bungalow to be disconnected and the owner should immediately vacate the villa and seal it.
"The owner has caused a lot of damage to the environment by erecting these illegal structures. He has done this construction without any license. The place where this construction has been built in the CRZ area. Therefore, a period of 15 days is being given to compensate for the damage caused to the environment", the bench said in its judgment.
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The court has directed the owners to deposit a certain amount to the panchayat within three days, which will be refunded if they demolish the structure by themselves. The court stated after advocate general submission, demolition will cost around Rs. 5 to 6 lakhs.