Nayak said that when they visited the spot, they could see no one at the construction site but the construction material and at least three stumps of felled coconut trees were lying around. The sarpanch said that when she returned to the panchayat office, there was an application seeking permission to construct some huts and a restaurant. “That an application has been submitted doesn’t mean the permission is granted,” she said, adding that it has to be placed before a meeting of the panchayat.
TOI had reported that residents of Khola village were alerted of illegal activities in violation of CRZ regulations at the picturesque location. A short video clip and several photographs of the construction activities in the eco-sensitive zone and steel rods in the vicinity had gone viral on various social media platforms since Saturday evening. Workers were seen erecting platforms, landscaping and cutting coconut trees on the edge of the cliff of the Khola beach.
Locals also allege involvement of a political group whose blessings are given for such activities, which they say are rampantly taken up in the coastal areas of Khola village. They also said that the property in which the construction activities were reported belongs to a local resident.
TOI spoke to a few locals who said that not just one structure but similar and larger construction activities are going on and that some are already completed. What is surprising, they add, is that in the same locality such construction activities go unnoticed. Most of such activities are damaging or destroying the eco-sensitive areas, no development zones which they say is in blatant violation of CRZ regulations.