Goa Residents Oppose Mega Housing Project Citing Environmental Concerns, Burden on Infrastructure

Reported by

Anamika Gode

Published on

September 24, 2019

September 24, 2019

Updated on

September 24, 2019

Location of Conflict

Sancoale, Mormugao

South Goa

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Township/Real Estate

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People Affected by Conflict

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

201

ha

Starting Year

2015

State

Goa

Sector

Infrastructure

The residents of Sancoale village in Goa have been opposing the construction of a mega housingcumcommercial project, named Adora De Goa, spread across 20 hectares. The proposed project will offer seafacing residential homes, retail spaces with highstreet coffee shops, restaurants, spa and boutiques. A fullfledged hotel/service apartment is also proposed to be built and operated by "The Park Hotels". Construction of the project started in August 2019. In September, hundreds of residents from Cortalim constituency, along with environmental activists, held a peaceful protest rally from Chicalim to Sancoale plateau to oppose the project. The residents have alleged that the land was leased by the original owners, Communidade of Sancoale (an association with collective ownership of land), to agrochemical firm Zuari for setting up an industry, but the land was fraudulently sold off by Zuari to a real estate company. The people in the village have opposed the project since 2016 citing it an environmental and infrastructure burden, especially with regard to water and electricity. According to the Environmental Impact Assessment, submitted to the Goa State Environmental Impact Assessment Authority in 2016, the daily requirement of water for the project during the operational phase will be 2,285.33 cubic metres per day, equivalent to the daily water requirement of two to three villages in Goa. The sewage output is expected to be 1,433 cubic metres per day, which will finally trickle down the villages of Sancoale, Chicalim and Dabolim and destroy the wells, ponds and other water bodies. Solid, nonbiodegradable waste generated per day from the housing project will be around 2,243 kg. "This single project is equivalent to three mediumsized villages in Goa in terms of population affected, water consumption and waste generated. This is against the principle of sustainable development. We do not want such destructive projects on our land which our ancestors have preserved for us," Swapnesh Sherlekar, coconvenor of Goencho Avaaz, told LCW.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Refusal to give up land for the project

Opposition against environmental degradation

Demand to retain/protect access to common land/resources

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Region Classification

Urban

Type of Land

Common

Type of Common Land

Total investment involved (in Crores):

500

Type of investment:

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

Environmental Laws, Procedural Laws

Legislations/Policies Involved

Environmental Impact Assessment Notification, 2006
Schedule 1, Item 8e: [This is a category B project and requires clearance as project exceeds 20,000 square metres]
Code of Comunidade, 1961
Article 30(4)(f): [Power of the Comunidade to deliberate on the sale of land]
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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:

Out of Court

Status of Case In Court

Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

What was the Decision of the Concerned Government Department?

Name of the adjudicatory body

Name(s) of the Court(s)

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Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

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Whether criminal law was used against protestors

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Date of Violation

Location of Violation

Nature of Protest

Protests/marches

Involvement of national and international NGOs

Public campaign

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Goa Town and Country Planning Department, Goa State Environment Impact Assessment Authority

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:

Provident Housing Limited, Puravankara Limited, Larsen and Toubro, Trinitas Realtors India LLP

Did LCW Approach Corporate Parties for Comments?

Communities/Local Organisations in the Conflict:

Goencho Avaaz, Goa Foundation

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