The residents of Colva village in Goa have opposed the change in land use of the seasonal Colva Lake, which has been proposed by the village panchayat to be used for the construction of a multipurpose sports complex. The Colva Civic Forum has been fighting since 2013 to get Colva Lake recognised as a wetland. Land for the sports complex was acquired by the village panchayat in 2006, but according to the Forum, the proposal for a change in land use was put forward in 2013. Members of the Forum told Land Conflict Watch that the National Green Tribunal, in an order dated September 26, 2014, had directed the Goa State Biodiversity Board (GSBB) to carry out a site inspection through an expert agency to document the biodiversity of the area and also comment on the nature of the land use at the site. The decision of the GSBB is pending. The Forum contends that no development work at the site can be undertaken until then. An independent inspection carried out by the GSBB on December 5, 2013, recorded the lake site as a low-lying area
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Colva Civic and Consumer Forum
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