North Goa Residents Oppose Resort by Club Mahindra, Fear Groundwater Pollution

Reported by

Nihar Gokhale

Published on

September 18, 2018

September 18, 2018

Updated on

September 18, 2018

Location of Conflict

Moitem, Assonora

North Goa

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Tourism

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People Affected by Conflict

100

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

46

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Starting Year

2016

State

Goa

Sector

Industry

The residents of Moitem and Assonora villages in North Goa's Bardez tehsil have opposed a 200room resort proposed by Club Mahindra Holidays. Mahindra Holidays and Resorts India Limited purchased the private property in 2012 and received environment clearance to build the resort in March 2013 from the Goa State Environment Impact Assessment Authority. The clearance was extended by two years in March 2018. But the project was opposed after construction work began in 2016. The village residents claim that the project has been proposed in an ecosensitive zone that was originally barred from development under the 2001 edition of the state's landuse plan, known as Regional Plan. However, the 2021 Regional Plan, which was prepared around 2011, allows development on the plot. Goencho Awaz, an environmental action collective, has pointed out that the project is situated close to the Assonora river and has accused the firm of dumping debris into the river. The villagers have further pointed out that the resort is located close to the government's Assonora Water Treatment Plant that supplies water to large areas of the district. They fear that even a minor wastewater leakage would endanger water security in the region. They also fear loss of groundwater because the project is located at a site that recharges groundwater. The residents have held several public meetings to oppose the project and are contemplating further action.
A company spokesperson denied the allegations and told LCW that Club Mahindra did not seek reclassification of the land use in the Regional Plan. He added that the construction is being carried out as per conditions laid down by the Goa State Environment Impact Assessment Authority and the State Pollution Control Board.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand to retain/protect access to common land/resources

Opposition against environmental degradation

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Private

Type of Common Land

Non-Forest (Other than Grazing Land)

Total investment involved (in Crores):

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, Other

Legislations/Policies Involved

Environmental Impact Assessment Notification, 2006
Clause 2 [Prior environmental clearance required by appropriate authority for new projects falling in the Schedule]; Clause 7(III) [Prior to the grant of a clearance, a public consultation shall be conducted where the concerns of the local affected persons and those who have a stake in the environmental impacts of the project are ascertained and taken into account]
Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974
Section 24 [Prohibition on disposal of polluting material into a stream]
Goa (Regulation of Land Development and Building Construction) Act, 2008
Section 16 [All development programmes undertaken within an area shall conform to the provisions of the regional plan]
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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:

Violation of environmental laws

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)

Case Number

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

Complaints/petitions/letters/memorandums to officials

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Goa State Environment Impact Assessment Authority, State Pollution Control Board

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:

Mahindra Holidays and Resorts India Limited

Did LCW Approach Corporate Parties for Comments?

A company spokesperson denied the allegations and told LCW that Club Mahindra did not seek reclassification of the land use in the Regional Plan. He added that the construction is being carried out as per conditions laid down by the Goa State Environment Impact Assessment Authority and the State Pollution Control Board.

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