Arossim Residents in South Goa Stand Firm against Resort Proposed by Sheraton

Reported by

Nihar Gokhale

Published on

March 24, 2017

March 24, 2017

Updated on

March 24, 2017

Location of Conflict

Arossim

South Goa

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Tourism

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People Affected by Conflict

1721

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

79

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Starting Year

2014

State

Goa

Sector

Industry

In 2006, Delhibased firm Competent Automobiles proposed to build a 160room resort on a private property facing the Arossim beach in South Goa. It was a franchise for Sheraton Hotels and Resorts. In the same year, the company reportedly received a noobjection certificate (NOC) from the CansaulimArossimCuelim panchayat, a consortium of a few villages, without consultation with the local panchayat. It received the coastal zone clearance in April 2013 and the consent of the state Pollution Control Board in August 2014. However, the project ran into rough weather when a large number of villagers began protesting on the grounds that the project is proposed in an ecosensitive zone, which contains orchards of coconut trees and traditional storm water drains. Although the land is privately owned (and was purchased by Competent Automobiles), it benefits the community by preventing flood and maintaining the local ecosystem. It was further reported that the hotel would shut off the public's access to the beach. The project could also affect sand dunes, which protect the village from monsoon tidal surges. In addition, the residents pointed out that the proposed resort's close proximity to two similar luxury resorts could put pressure on the village's infrastructure. In a special panchayat meeting called in October 2014, the residents of Arossim unanimously rejected the project and resolved to revoke the NOC granted earlier. In 2016, two local community associations moved the National Green Tribunal's Pune bench against the coastal zone permission and a 2013 environment ministry letter that exempted the project from obtaining a prior environmental clearance (EC). On January 9, 2017, the tribunal upheld the appeal and quashed the ministry's exemption, telling the government to examine the project for EC, which was in progress. The ministry granted a fresh EC in July 2017. In December 2017, Competent Automobiles sold the property to Delhibased Daffodil Hotels Private Limited (DHPL). DHPL attempted to commence construction but had faced resistance from people who had blocked access to tools and JCBs. At a panchayat meeting in 2018, the residents demanded that the construction licence be revoked. Neither Competent Automobiles nor DHPL has responded to LCW's emails seeking responses to the allegations.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Opposition against environmental degradation

Demand to retain/protect access to common land/resources

Complaint against procedural violations

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Private

Type of Common Land

Total investment involved (in Crores):

100

Type of investment:

Cost of Project

Year of Estimation

Page Number In Investment Document:

Has the Conflict Ended?

When did it end?

Why did the conflict end?

Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Other, Environmental Laws

Legislations/Policies Involved

Coastal Regulation Zone Notification, 2011
Section 3: [Prohibited activities within CRZ, including construction]
Environmental Impact Assessment Notification, 2006
Category B Project, refer item 8(a)
Goa, Daman and Diu Preservation of Trees Act, 1984
Section 8: [Restriction on the removal of felling of trees, including coconut trees]
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Whether claims/objections were made as per procedure in the relevant statute

What was the claim(s)/objection(s) raised by the community? What was the decision of the concerned government department?

Legal Processes and Loopholes Enabling the Conflict:

No items found.

Legal Status:

In Court

Status of Case In Court

Disposed

Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

Yes

What was the Decision of the Concerned Government Department?

Name of the adjudicatory body

Name(s) of the Court(s)

Case Number

Appeal No. 84 Of 2017 (Wz)

Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

No items found.

Whether criminal law was used against protestors

Reported Details of the Violation:

Date of Violation

Location of Violation

Nature of Protest

Protests/marches

Complaints/petitions/letters/memorandums to officials

Blockades

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Goa State Environment Impact Assessment Authority; Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change; Panchayats of Cansaulim, Arossim and Cuelim

PSUs Involved in the Conflict:

Did LCW Approach Government Authorities for Comments?

Name, Designation and Comment of the Government Authorities Approached

Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Competent Automobiles Private Limited, Sheraton Hotels and Resorts

Did LCW Approach Corporate Parties for Comments?

Neither Competent Automobiles nor DHPL has responded to LCW's emails seeking responses to the allegations.

Communities/Local Organisations in the Conflict:

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