The Tribunal had set August 31, 2021, as the deadline for Goa to finalise its CZMP.
“We have asked for three more months, which is till end of November. Though we have sought three months, we plan to finalise the CZMP much earlier. I have asked officials to complete at the earliest the work of verification and ground truthing based on the objections and suggestions received on the plan. The work is in progress and will be completed soon,” Cabral said.
Cabral had earlier said that Goa is planning to seek sn extension by only one month, but he said on Tuesday that the state wants to seek three months’ time as a precaution to ensure the deadline is met this time.
Goa held a public hearing on July 8, where it received around 8,000 objections and suggestions on the draft CZMP.
Work of verifying these inputs is presently on by various government departments.
“I have told the officials that they have to carry out verification on the ground,” the minister said, suggesting that the state does not want to take any chances this time around.
A public hearing held by the state on March 7 this year was rejected by a large section of citizens and Goa Foundation approached the NGT pointing out various deficiencies in the manner in which the hearing was held. Based on this plea, the NGT asked the state to conduct fresh hearings and set August 31 as the deadline to complete Goa’s CZMP.
Accordingly, another public hearing was held on July 8.
The latest extension upto November 2021 being sought by the government will be the fourth such extension being asked by the state.