Fishermen Disapprove of Yacht Marina Project Proposed at Nauxim in North Goa

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Nihar GokhaleLand Conflict Watch

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December 3, 2019

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North Goa

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Kargwal Constructions Pvt. Ltd, an infrastructure developer based in Mumbai, has proposed to develop a yacht marina at Nauxim, a fishing hamlet near the state capital Panaji in North Goa. A concession agreement to this effect with the Mormugao Port Trust was signed in October 2010 and is valid for 30 years. Under the agreement, the Trust has leased 10 ha of waterfront area to the developer. The area comes within the port limits of the Trust, as notified under the Indian Ports Act, 1908. According to the projects feasibility report, since Goa is a landstarved state, no land would be acquired for the project, and the company will reclaim 5 ha of riverside area to build the yacht terminal and other landbased facilities. The report estimates that the marina will host an annual traffic of 161 yachts by 2020 and over 500 yachts by 2040. The project has been opposed by local fishermen and politicians on the ground that it will disrupt their sea access. The fishermen claim that the Goan seafront, which falls under the jurisdiction of the Trust, is common land that had belonged to them even before the Trust came into existence. In December 2010, several hundred fishermen from Nauxim gathered to express their opposition to the marina. In January 2011, the Village Council of CurcaTelaulimBambolim (that Nauxim comes under) passed a resolution opposing the project. The project was in cold storage until it was approved by the State Investment Promotion Board at its meeting held on April 13, 2015, along with another marina project aimed at introducing yachtoriented tourism in Goa. Three years after the project's approval, fishermen are doubtful of the promise of more than 450 jobs to the affected people. The projects feasibility report noted that significant fishermen settlements were identified during a survey and that the company will prepare a social support package plan for the fishing community in consultation with them. Besides affecting the fisherfolk, the marina is likely to have an impact on the ecology. The downstream river region where the marina is proposed is a biodiversity hotspot and has drawn the ire of the civil society. At the end of December 2018, the Goa Pollution Control Board asked the North Goa district collector to fix a date for a public hearing to address the concerns of the local people.

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Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Mormugao Port Trust, Goa State Pollution Control Board, Goa Investment Promotion and Facilitation Board

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Kargwal Constructions Pvt. Ltd

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Other Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Bharat Mukti Morcha, Goenchea Ramponkarancho Ekvott (Goa Traditional Fishermen Union), Francisco Silveira, MLA, Alina Saldanha, MLA, Vishnu Surya Wagh, MLA

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