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Sat 28 Oct 2006 12:00 AM

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Construction ban in Goa

A law banning construction along Goa’s coastline has been introduced.

The High Court has asked the Goan government to stop issuing building permits within a 200-500m coastal zone from the sea, and all along the state’s 150km coastline.

The regulation comes after parts of the coastline became affected by landscape changes over the last few decades, destroying sand dunes and natural vegetation.

Goa’s tourism hotspot villages, such as Calungate and Candolim in north Goa, have allegedly doubled their quota of permissible construction over the last decade.

The area now banned from construction will be around 70% of the state’s coast.

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