Panaji: Based on the directive from the National Green Tribunal and the High Court, the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) has approved a formula to recover environmental compensation from violators of CRZ standards.
The Authority had formed a committee under the direction of the lawyer Savio Correia to work out an environmental compensation. The GCZMA has now approved the formula worked out, whereby Rs 2,590 will be imposed as a penalty per square meter of violation for each year of violation.
“The Authority, after discussion and deliberation, has decided that the environmental compensation should be recovered from the offenders from the date on which the offenders are put in default using the form which is submitted by a committee headed by Savio Correia and other members of the committee at the rate of Rs 2,590 per sq m per annum, i.e. Rs 2,590 x area sq m x number of years,” GCZMA said in its ruling last week.
The NGT along with the High Court had ordered GCZMA to collect environmental compensation from the violators to help repair the damage to the ecology and environment.
Goa Paryavaran Savrakshan Sangharsh Samitee, a voluntary organization, had approached NGT saying that GCZMA’s collection of environmental fees paled in comparison to violations in Goa.
He alleged that the GCZMA deliberately delayed the collection of environmental compensation.
GCZMA had told the court that it had been unable to begin recovering compensation from many of the offenders, who had gone to the High Court against their orders. The NGT then told the GCZMA that it should at least start collecting environmental compensation from offenders whose cases are not pending in the High Court.
Based on its undertaking to the court, the GCZMA formed a committee to set the environmental compensation.