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The location where ex-chief minister Manohar Parrikar was cremated at Miramar was protected using metal sheets to enclose the area. However, the site appeared to be in a state of neglect on Monday with more and more of the metal sheets falling off thus exposing the place to stray animals.

No sign of memorial for Parrikar at Miramar

Panaji: It appears that the state government needs to tackle many issues for constructing a memorial for former chief minister late Manohar Parrikar at the Miramar beach where he was cremated on March 18, 2019.

Parrikar passed away on March 17, 2019, after suffering from pancreatic cancer for almost one year.

The general administration department (GAD) of the government is looking after memorials of eminent personalities. In the case of proposed memorial for the former Defence Minister and tallest leader of the state Bharatiya Janata Party, the state government is yet to come out with a concrete proposal.

Sources said that the proposal is in the initial stage and not yet moved for financial approval.

It may be recalled that current Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, soon after taking over the affairs of the state, had announced that the government would build a memorial for Parrikar, adjacent to another existing memorial for the first chief minister late Dayanand alias Bhausaheb Bandodkar.

Surprisingly, the area where the last rites of the former chief minister were performed has been covered with metal sheets. However, presently many such sheets have fallen off and the place has been exposed to stray animals.

Swayandipta Pal Chaudhuri, the chief executive officer of Imagine Panaji Smart City Development Limited (IPSCDL), on Monday said that the Manohar Parrikar memorial is in the domain of the Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation, and the IPSCDL has no role in its construction.

“In fact, the IPSCDL has a plan ready to beautify the Miramar beach and is going ahead with the same,” he added, maintaining that the memorial in memory of the former chief minister has not been included in the particular IPSCDL plan.

The IPSCDL plans to refurbish 11.66 hectares of the Miramar beachfront as a part of its city beautification project, which is estimated to cost Rs 13.56 crore.

Meanwhile, the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) has said that no application has been received from any government agency seeking clearance for constructing a memorial for Parrikar at the Miramar beach.

According to the authority, if the government has proposed area of cremation for memorial which falls under CRZ III as per the 2011 CRZ notification then CRZ approval would not be required, as the area is beyond No Development Zone (NDZ) line and crosses 200 metres from HTL on the landward side.

But a senior official in the environment department said the government’s plan to build a memorial for the former chief minister on Miramar beach will run into many hurdles to obtain permission because monuments/memorial construction do not have any mention in the 2011 CRZ notification.

The 2018 CRZ notification allows land reclamation for construction of memorials or monuments in exceptional cases only in CRZ-IV (A) area and permission is allowed with prior public hearing and environmental clearance. This means no such projects are allowed in any other CRZ areas.

Interestingly, the 2018 CRZ notification would be implemented in the state only after preparing Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP) based on this new notification. However, the state is yet to prepare the CZMP based on 2011 CRZ notification.

The new amended conditions and areas added in 2018 CRZ notification will also have to be reflected in the fresh CZMP within a year after the approval of draft CZMP which has been sent back for redrafting.

The National Green Tribunal in 2017 had ordered that no construction activity and regularising would be permitted in coastal districts of the state till the State Coastal Zone Management Plan maps are submitted.

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