Quellosim Residents Unite to Save Kesarval Spring in South Goa, Oppose Hotel

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Nihar Gokhale

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September 18, 2018

September 18, 2018

Updated on

September 18, 2018

Location of Conflict

Quellosim

South Goa

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Tourism

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People Affected by Conflict

300

Households Affected by Conflict

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

27

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Starting Year

2018

State

Goa

Sector

Industry

In May 2018, the Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC), a state government undertaking, floated a tender to seek a private hospitality firm to build, finance and operate a "threestar or higher" hotel on publicprivate partnership model at Kesarval, a waterfall off National Highway17 in South Goa. People who live close to the waterfall claim that the spring has medicinal properties. However, its flow has reportedly reduced in the past two decades due to illegal borewell drilling in a nearby industrial estate. In 2017, the Quellosim panchayat had resolved to rejuvenate the spring with the help of the tourism department. But the GTDC instead floated the tender the following year to build a hotel. The village residents formed a network called Save Kesarval Spring Movement (SKSM) to oppose the hotel. They said it would amount to handover of their community land to a private developer, and they feared losing access to the spring. They also said that effluents from the hotel could pollute the stream and the land area around it, including their farms. The SKSM has held demonstrations, addressed press conferences and reached out to local legislators and the tourism department. In August 2018, in response to a question raised in the Legislative Assembly on the issue, Tourism Minister Manohar Azgaonkar argued that that no water would be used from the spring and that the project will help rejuvenate the spring. The final date of submission of tender bids is yet to be announced. SKSM has said it will continue the agitation until the tender is scrapped. In September 2018, the group submitted a memorandum to the GTDC and threatened to go to court if needed. In June 2019, the SKSM also demanded the closure of the bore wells at Verna Industrial Estate, which are reportedly affecting the Kesarval springs.

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

closure of the bore wells at Verna Industrial Estate.

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Common

Type of Common Land

Forest

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Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Environmental Laws, Other

Legislations/Policies Involved

Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974
Section 24: [Prohibition on use of stream or well for disposal of polluting matter]
Goa Panchayat Raj Act, 1994
Section 60 r/w Schedule I [Maintenance and upkeep of the land and water resources is the responsibility of the panchayat]
Goa, Daman and Diu Town and Country Planning Act, 1974
Section 16A [All development work must be in accordance with the regional plan, except for work undertaken by the Union or state government]
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Violation of free prior informed consent

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Out of Court

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Goa Tourism Development Corporation

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