PANAJI: The high court of Bombay at Goa will on Tuesday hear a case pertaining to the constructions within the funnel zone of Goa International Airport. The Indian Navy has been asked to submit a timeline for action against the illegal structures that have been identified.
During the hearing, the Chicalim panchayat will also submit an affidavit regarding the 74 structures that have come up within the funnel zone without any permission from the Mormugao planning and development authority (MPDA).
“The Flag Officer Commanding to also give us the timeline within which the complaints in relation to the structures that have allegedly come up in the funnel zone, in the survey, other than 60/2, will be disposed of,” the high court had said after it posted the hearing for Tuesday.
Similarly, the Chicalim panchayat has been asked to submit a “statement about whether there are almost 74 structures, which might be in the funnel area that have come up without any permission from the MPDA”.
Justices M S Sonak and M S Jawalkar said that the panchayat’s statement is necessary because when naval officials went to inspect the site around the airport, they found 70-75 structures in the funnel area.
“On inquiry, the MPDA stated that they have permitted only two of these structures. Therefore, the question arises as to how so many structures have come up without the permission of the MPDA. The sarpanch will also have to make a statement as to whether any permissions have been granted by the panchayat for these structures,” observed the high court.
In February 2020, the high court directed the Navy and director general of civil aviation (DGCA) to initiate action against unauthorised constructions around Goa International Airport within nine months. Despite the directions, no action has been taken and at the last hearing, the high court said that it will “consider whether any action under the Contempt of Courts Act is necessary”.