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Either CRZ or just CRY!
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Miguel Braganza
2006-11-10 05:27:48 UTC
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Either CRZ or just CRY!

Civilization has come to such a pass that it can no longer see things in
black and white, with a few grey areas. Today we have different types of
'grey areas' and a dozen types of 'off-white' shades of opinion and
understanding. One such 'grey area' is the CRZ. It almost makes one cry!

The Government of India came up with what was believed to be a simple,
straight-forward notification on 20 February, 1991, entitled "Coastal
Regulation Zones" and issued under the Environmental [Protection] Act, 1986
. The all important 'High Tide Line' or HTL is defined as 'the line up to
which the highest high tide reaches at Spring Tide'. The farmers in the
villages and the fisher folk along the coast in Goa know this HTL as
'zorgoti-chem uddhok' and will readily show you the level it reaches in
April or July-August, when the sun and the moon are opposite each other at
15 degrees North latitude. In Menkurem village of Bicholim and
Ibrampur-Hassapur villages of Pernem, the farmers allow the flood waters
from the river Chapora to deposit silt around the banana plants kept in the
unfilled pits. The miracle is that these 'ignorant' folks know what our
highly qualified scientists, engineers and experts in the Goa
Administration, GCZMA, TCP, DPA, DMA, NIO and other organizations keep
debating about.

The Good Book says, "There is none as blind as the those who refuse to see."
Right in the capital city of Goa there is sea water lapping onto concrete
and masonary walls. Or is it the saline water from the river? Is it a river
or a creek? Or, perhaps, it is a nallah. On the other hand, it could well be
a 'storm water drain' that has been inundated by saline water due to a
breach in some imaginary dyke or bund somewhere! There are so many grey
areas when one has a cataract in the eye. What a pity that the Rotary
Foundation does free cataract surgeries only for the financially poor. These
poor myopic guys in the administration could do with some help for improving
their vision, too.

There is some light at the end of the tunnel or, more appropriately, pipe.
The Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority [GCZMA] is reported to have issued
orders to stop the unauthorized construction activity allegedly for a
shipyard at Chicalim on the South bank of the River Zuari. The 'River' Zuari
is actually an 'estuary' in which saline water from the sea ingresses during
high tide even during monsoons. During summer it is an arm of the sea 24x7.
The seven days make the whole week! The stoppage of illegal work in Goa is
so rare that it makes front page news whenever it happens, which is rarely.
This week began on that rare note. Viva! Like Priyadarshani Mattoo, it has
been ravaged, raped and murdered by the persons who know the law only too
well.

Take the case of a CRZ violation in Baga-Calangute, close to the world
famous watering-hole that advertises itself rather simply, "Tito's. Where
else?" Four labourers were killed and five injured when a wall collapsed.
One of the dead persons was a Manipuri lad named Lucky Singh. Guess his luck
ran out on the sands of time. They were doing a 'neeru' finish for the
masonary wall. The contractor's name is Vishwas [meaning 'Trust']. Perhaps,
his full name is Vishwas Gath [Betrayal]. Did the Good Book have something
to say about a house built upon the sands? The owners of the property are
reportedly named Atul and Arun Surekha [Su= good, rekha=line]. Perhaps, they
knew not of the 'surekha' called the HTL: the High Tide Line.

The Coastal Regulatory Zone notification defines the four CRZ categories.
CRZ-I is the inter-tidal area between the LTL and the HTL. In lay man's
terms, the region in which one would wade in the water, without wanting to
swim. Along the banks of the creeks and estuaries, land filling to reclaim
inter-tidal mudflats is very rampant. The Chicalim shipyard was also into
this process, as pointed out by the local MLA. The former MLA has already
forgotten the CRZ law and is all for Pinky, 'because the local people want
Pinky'. So what does greenery have to do with pinky? The village Sarpanch
allegedly went a step further and punched a journalist on his head.

The next is CRZ-II, the land on the shore that already has the fisherman's
huts and some vacation houses of old, many of them conveniently 'renovated'
to become hotels. CRZ-III is the zone that was 'relatively undisturbed' in
1991. That part of coastal geography is now history! CRZ-IV is also history
for Goa after it handed over Anjediva island to the navy. The details are
available in a number of books including "Protection and Control of Coastal
Erosion in India" and "Mangroves" both by Dona-Paula-based WWF-Goa Chairman
and BSG member Dr. A. G. Untawale and the Botanical Society of Goa's
DSTE-funded project report "Sand Dune Vegetation of Goa: Conservation and
Management." Like any other truth, most people in Goa know CRZ in their
hearts but will not bring it to their lips lest they dirty their hands or
shackle their feet or, worse, lose their heads.

Right now we can only try, or cry, to save CRZ-I and CRZ-II, or whatever is
left of them. There is no CRZ-III to be found. The entire coast of Goa is a
'disturbed area' and everyone is raving about it. Like Priyadarshani Mattoo,
it has been ravaged, raped and murdered in cold blood by the persons who
know the law only too well. If Goa succeeds to save its CRZ it will make
front page even in the National newspapers. It is a 'rarest of rare' event!
(ENDS)


Miguel Braganza's column at:

http://www.goanet.org/index.php?name=News&file=article&sid=482

===========================================================
The above article appeared in the November 3, 2006 edition of Gomantak
Times, Goa
Miguel Braganza
2006-11-10 05:27:48 UTC
Permalink
Either CRZ or just CRY!

Civilization has come to such a pass that it can no longer see things in
black and white, with a few grey areas. Today we have different types of
'grey areas' and a dozen types of 'off-white' shades of opinion and
understanding. One such 'grey area' is the CRZ. It almost makes one cry!

The Government of India came up with what was believed to be a simple,
straight-forward notification on 20 February, 1991, entitled "Coastal
Regulation Zones" and issued under the Environmental [Protection] Act, 1986
. The all important 'High Tide Line' or HTL is defined as 'the line up to
which the highest high tide reaches at Spring Tide'. The farmers in the
villages and the fisher folk along the coast in Goa know this HTL as
'zorgoti-chem uddhok' and will readily show you the level it reaches in
April or July-August, when the sun and the moon are opposite each other at
15 degrees North latitude. In Menkurem village of Bicholim and
Ibrampur-Hassapur villages of Pernem, the farmers allow the flood waters
from the river Chapora to deposit silt around the banana plants kept in the
unfilled pits. The miracle is that these 'ignorant' folks know what our
highly qualified scientists, engineers and experts in the Goa
Administration, GCZMA, TCP, DPA, DMA, NIO and other organizations keep
debating about.

The Good Book says, "There is none as blind as the those who refuse to see."
Right in the capital city of Goa there is sea water lapping onto concrete
and masonary walls. Or is it the saline water from the river? Is it a river
or a creek? Or, perhaps, it is a nallah. On the other hand, it could well be
a 'storm water drain' that has been inundated by saline water due to a
breach in some imaginary dyke or bund somewhere! There are so many grey
areas when one has a cataract in the eye. What a pity that the Rotary
Foundation does free cataract surgeries only for the financially poor. These
poor myopic guys in the administration could do with some help for improving
their vision, too.

There is some light at the end of the tunnel or, more appropriately, pipe.
The Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority [GCZMA] is reported to have issued
orders to stop the unauthorized construction activity allegedly for a
shipyard at Chicalim on the South bank of the River Zuari. The 'River' Zuari
is actually an 'estuary' in which saline water from the sea ingresses during
high tide even during monsoons. During summer it is an arm of the sea 24x7.
The seven days make the whole week! The stoppage of illegal work in Goa is
so rare that it makes front page news whenever it happens, which is rarely.
This week began on that rare note. Viva! Like Priyadarshani Mattoo, it has
been ravaged, raped and murdered by the persons who know the law only too
well.

Take the case of a CRZ violation in Baga-Calangute, close to the world
famous watering-hole that advertises itself rather simply, "Tito's. Where
else?" Four labourers were killed and five injured when a wall collapsed.
One of the dead persons was a Manipuri lad named Lucky Singh. Guess his luck
ran out on the sands of time. They were doing a 'neeru' finish for the
masonary wall. The contractor's name is Vishwas [meaning 'Trust']. Perhaps,
his full name is Vishwas Gath [Betrayal]. Did the Good Book have something
to say about a house built upon the sands? The owners of the property are
reportedly named Atul and Arun Surekha [Su= good, rekha=line]. Perhaps, they
knew not of the 'surekha' called the HTL: the High Tide Line.

The Coastal Regulatory Zone notification defines the four CRZ categories.
CRZ-I is the inter-tidal area between the LTL and the HTL. In lay man's
terms, the region in which one would wade in the water, without wanting to
swim. Along the banks of the creeks and estuaries, land filling to reclaim
inter-tidal mudflats is very rampant. The Chicalim shipyard was also into
this process, as pointed out by the local MLA. The former MLA has already
forgotten the CRZ law and is all for Pinky, 'because the local people want
Pinky'. So what does greenery have to do with pinky? The village Sarpanch
allegedly went a step further and punched a journalist on his head.

The next is CRZ-II, the land on the shore that already has the fisherman's
huts and some vacation houses of old, many of them conveniently 'renovated'
to become hotels. CRZ-III is the zone that was 'relatively undisturbed' in
1991. That part of coastal geography is now history! CRZ-IV is also history
for Goa after it handed over Anjediva island to the navy. The details are
available in a number of books including "Protection and Control of Coastal
Erosion in India" and "Mangroves" both by Dona-Paula-based WWF-Goa Chairman
and BSG member Dr. A. G. Untawale and the Botanical Society of Goa's
DSTE-funded project report "Sand Dune Vegetation of Goa: Conservation and
Management." Like any other truth, most people in Goa know CRZ in their
hearts but will not bring it to their lips lest they dirty their hands or
shackle their feet or, worse, lose their heads.

Right now we can only try, or cry, to save CRZ-I and CRZ-II, or whatever is
left of them. There is no CRZ-III to be found. The entire coast of Goa is a
'disturbed area' and everyone is raving about it. Like Priyadarshani Mattoo,
it has been ravaged, raped and murdered in cold blood by the persons who
know the law only too well. If Goa succeeds to save its CRZ it will make
front page even in the National newspapers. It is a 'rarest of rare' event!
(ENDS)


Miguel Braganza's column at:

http://www.goanet.org/index.php?name=News&file=article&sid=482

===========================================================
The above article appeared in the November 3, 2006 edition of Gomantak
Times, Goa
Miguel Braganza
2006-11-10 05:27:48 UTC
Permalink
Either CRZ or just CRY!

Civilization has come to such a pass that it can no longer see things in
black and white, with a few grey areas. Today we have different types of
'grey areas' and a dozen types of 'off-white' shades of opinion and
understanding. One such 'grey area' is the CRZ. It almost makes one cry!

The Government of India came up with what was believed to be a simple,
straight-forward notification on 20 February, 1991, entitled "Coastal
Regulation Zones" and issued under the Environmental [Protection] Act, 1986
. The all important 'High Tide Line' or HTL is defined as 'the line up to
which the highest high tide reaches at Spring Tide'. The farmers in the
villages and the fisher folk along the coast in Goa know this HTL as
'zorgoti-chem uddhok' and will readily show you the level it reaches in
April or July-August, when the sun and the moon are opposite each other at
15 degrees North latitude. In Menkurem village of Bicholim and
Ibrampur-Hassapur villages of Pernem, the farmers allow the flood waters
from the river Chapora to deposit silt around the banana plants kept in the
unfilled pits. The miracle is that these 'ignorant' folks know what our
highly qualified scientists, engineers and experts in the Goa
Administration, GCZMA, TCP, DPA, DMA, NIO and other organizations keep
debating about.

The Good Book says, "There is none as blind as the those who refuse to see."
Right in the capital city of Goa there is sea water lapping onto concrete
and masonary walls. Or is it the saline water from the river? Is it a river
or a creek? Or, perhaps, it is a nallah. On the other hand, it could well be
a 'storm water drain' that has been inundated by saline water due to a
breach in some imaginary dyke or bund somewhere! There are so many grey
areas when one has a cataract in the eye. What a pity that the Rotary
Foundation does free cataract surgeries only for the financially poor. These
poor myopic guys in the administration could do with some help for improving
their vision, too.

There is some light at the end of the tunnel or, more appropriately, pipe.
The Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority [GCZMA] is reported to have issued
orders to stop the unauthorized construction activity allegedly for a
shipyard at Chicalim on the South bank of the River Zuari. The 'River' Zuari
is actually an 'estuary' in which saline water from the sea ingresses during
high tide even during monsoons. During summer it is an arm of the sea 24x7.
The seven days make the whole week! The stoppage of illegal work in Goa is
so rare that it makes front page news whenever it happens, which is rarely.
This week began on that rare note. Viva! Like Priyadarshani Mattoo, it has
been ravaged, raped and murdered by the persons who know the law only too
well.

Take the case of a CRZ violation in Baga-Calangute, close to the world
famous watering-hole that advertises itself rather simply, "Tito's. Where
else?" Four labourers were killed and five injured when a wall collapsed.
One of the dead persons was a Manipuri lad named Lucky Singh. Guess his luck
ran out on the sands of time. They were doing a 'neeru' finish for the
masonary wall. The contractor's name is Vishwas [meaning 'Trust']. Perhaps,
his full name is Vishwas Gath [Betrayal]. Did the Good Book have something
to say about a house built upon the sands? The owners of the property are
reportedly named Atul and Arun Surekha [Su= good, rekha=line]. Perhaps, they
knew not of the 'surekha' called the HTL: the High Tide Line.

The Coastal Regulatory Zone notification defines the four CRZ categories.
CRZ-I is the inter-tidal area between the LTL and the HTL. In lay man's
terms, the region in which one would wade in the water, without wanting to
swim. Along the banks of the creeks and estuaries, land filling to reclaim
inter-tidal mudflats is very rampant. The Chicalim shipyard was also into
this process, as pointed out by the local MLA. The former MLA has already
forgotten the CRZ law and is all for Pinky, 'because the local people want
Pinky'. So what does greenery have to do with pinky? The village Sarpanch
allegedly went a step further and punched a journalist on his head.

The next is CRZ-II, the land on the shore that already has the fisherman's
huts and some vacation houses of old, many of them conveniently 'renovated'
to become hotels. CRZ-III is the zone that was 'relatively undisturbed' in
1991. That part of coastal geography is now history! CRZ-IV is also history
for Goa after it handed over Anjediva island to the navy. The details are
available in a number of books including "Protection and Control of Coastal
Erosion in India" and "Mangroves" both by Dona-Paula-based WWF-Goa Chairman
and BSG member Dr. A. G. Untawale and the Botanical Society of Goa's
DSTE-funded project report "Sand Dune Vegetation of Goa: Conservation and
Management." Like any other truth, most people in Goa know CRZ in their
hearts but will not bring it to their lips lest they dirty their hands or
shackle their feet or, worse, lose their heads.

Right now we can only try, or cry, to save CRZ-I and CRZ-II, or whatever is
left of them. There is no CRZ-III to be found. The entire coast of Goa is a
'disturbed area' and everyone is raving about it. Like Priyadarshani Mattoo,
it has been ravaged, raped and murdered in cold blood by the persons who
know the law only too well. If Goa succeeds to save its CRZ it will make
front page even in the National newspapers. It is a 'rarest of rare' event!
(ENDS)


Miguel Braganza's column at:

http://www.goanet.org/index.php?name=News&file=article&sid=482

===========================================================
The above article appeared in the November 3, 2006 edition of Gomantak
Times, Goa
Miguel Braganza
2006-11-10 05:27:48 UTC
Permalink
Either CRZ or just CRY!

Civilization has come to such a pass that it can no longer see things in
black and white, with a few grey areas. Today we have different types of
'grey areas' and a dozen types of 'off-white' shades of opinion and
understanding. One such 'grey area' is the CRZ. It almost makes one cry!

The Government of India came up with what was believed to be a simple,
straight-forward notification on 20 February, 1991, entitled "Coastal
Regulation Zones" and issued under the Environmental [Protection] Act, 1986
. The all important 'High Tide Line' or HTL is defined as 'the line up to
which the highest high tide reaches at Spring Tide'. The farmers in the
villages and the fisher folk along the coast in Goa know this HTL as
'zorgoti-chem uddhok' and will readily show you the level it reaches in
April or July-August, when the sun and the moon are opposite each other at
15 degrees North latitude. In Menkurem village of Bicholim and
Ibrampur-Hassapur villages of Pernem, the farmers allow the flood waters
from the river Chapora to deposit silt around the banana plants kept in the
unfilled pits. The miracle is that these 'ignorant' folks know what our
highly qualified scientists, engineers and experts in the Goa
Administration, GCZMA, TCP, DPA, DMA, NIO and other organizations keep
debating about.

The Good Book says, "There is none as blind as the those who refuse to see."
Right in the capital city of Goa there is sea water lapping onto concrete
and masonary walls. Or is it the saline water from the river? Is it a river
or a creek? Or, perhaps, it is a nallah. On the other hand, it could well be
a 'storm water drain' that has been inundated by saline water due to a
breach in some imaginary dyke or bund somewhere! There are so many grey
areas when one has a cataract in the eye. What a pity that the Rotary
Foundation does free cataract surgeries only for the financially poor. These
poor myopic guys in the administration could do with some help for improving
their vision, too.

There is some light at the end of the tunnel or, more appropriately, pipe.
The Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority [GCZMA] is reported to have issued
orders to stop the unauthorized construction activity allegedly for a
shipyard at Chicalim on the South bank of the River Zuari. The 'River' Zuari
is actually an 'estuary' in which saline water from the sea ingresses during
high tide even during monsoons. During summer it is an arm of the sea 24x7.
The seven days make the whole week! The stoppage of illegal work in Goa is
so rare that it makes front page news whenever it happens, which is rarely.
This week began on that rare note. Viva! Like Priyadarshani Mattoo, it has
been ravaged, raped and murdered by the persons who know the law only too
well.

Take the case of a CRZ violation in Baga-Calangute, close to the world
famous watering-hole that advertises itself rather simply, "Tito's. Where
else?" Four labourers were killed and five injured when a wall collapsed.
One of the dead persons was a Manipuri lad named Lucky Singh. Guess his luck
ran out on the sands of time. They were doing a 'neeru' finish for the
masonary wall. The contractor's name is Vishwas [meaning 'Trust']. Perhaps,
his full name is Vishwas Gath [Betrayal]. Did the Good Book have something
to say about a house built upon the sands? The owners of the property are
reportedly named Atul and Arun Surekha [Su= good, rekha=line]. Perhaps, they
knew not of the 'surekha' called the HTL: the High Tide Line.

The Coastal Regulatory Zone notification defines the four CRZ categories.
CRZ-I is the inter-tidal area between the LTL and the HTL. In lay man's
terms, the region in which one would wade in the water, without wanting to
swim. Along the banks of the creeks and estuaries, land filling to reclaim
inter-tidal mudflats is very rampant. The Chicalim shipyard was also into
this process, as pointed out by the local MLA. The former MLA has already
forgotten the CRZ law and is all for Pinky, 'because the local people want
Pinky'. So what does greenery have to do with pinky? The village Sarpanch
allegedly went a step further and punched a journalist on his head.

The next is CRZ-II, the land on the shore that already has the fisherman's
huts and some vacation houses of old, many of them conveniently 'renovated'
to become hotels. CRZ-III is the zone that was 'relatively undisturbed' in
1991. That part of coastal geography is now history! CRZ-IV is also history
for Goa after it handed over Anjediva island to the navy. The details are
available in a number of books including "Protection and Control of Coastal
Erosion in India" and "Mangroves" both by Dona-Paula-based WWF-Goa Chairman
and BSG member Dr. A. G. Untawale and the Botanical Society of Goa's
DSTE-funded project report "Sand Dune Vegetation of Goa: Conservation and
Management." Like any other truth, most people in Goa know CRZ in their
hearts but will not bring it to their lips lest they dirty their hands or
shackle their feet or, worse, lose their heads.

Right now we can only try, or cry, to save CRZ-I and CRZ-II, or whatever is
left of them. There is no CRZ-III to be found. The entire coast of Goa is a
'disturbed area' and everyone is raving about it. Like Priyadarshani Mattoo,
it has been ravaged, raped and murdered in cold blood by the persons who
know the law only too well. If Goa succeeds to save its CRZ it will make
front page even in the National newspapers. It is a 'rarest of rare' event!
(ENDS)


Miguel Braganza's column at:

http://www.goanet.org/index.php?name=News&file=article&sid=482

===========================================================
The above article appeared in the November 3, 2006 edition of Gomantak
Times, Goa
Miguel Braganza
2006-11-10 05:27:48 UTC
Permalink
Either CRZ or just CRY!

Civilization has come to such a pass that it can no longer see things in
black and white, with a few grey areas. Today we have different types of
'grey areas' and a dozen types of 'off-white' shades of opinion and
understanding. One such 'grey area' is the CRZ. It almost makes one cry!

The Government of India came up with what was believed to be a simple,
straight-forward notification on 20 February, 1991, entitled "Coastal
Regulation Zones" and issued under the Environmental [Protection] Act, 1986
. The all important 'High Tide Line' or HTL is defined as 'the line up to
which the highest high tide reaches at Spring Tide'. The farmers in the
villages and the fisher folk along the coast in Goa know this HTL as
'zorgoti-chem uddhok' and will readily show you the level it reaches in
April or July-August, when the sun and the moon are opposite each other at
15 degrees North latitude. In Menkurem village of Bicholim and
Ibrampur-Hassapur villages of Pernem, the farmers allow the flood waters
from the river Chapora to deposit silt around the banana plants kept in the
unfilled pits. The miracle is that these 'ignorant' folks know what our
highly qualified scientists, engineers and experts in the Goa
Administration, GCZMA, TCP, DPA, DMA, NIO and other organizations keep
debating about.

The Good Book says, "There is none as blind as the those who refuse to see."
Right in the capital city of Goa there is sea water lapping onto concrete
and masonary walls. Or is it the saline water from the river? Is it a river
or a creek? Or, perhaps, it is a nallah. On the other hand, it could well be
a 'storm water drain' that has been inundated by saline water due to a
breach in some imaginary dyke or bund somewhere! There are so many grey
areas when one has a cataract in the eye. What a pity that the Rotary
Foundation does free cataract surgeries only for the financially poor. These
poor myopic guys in the administration could do with some help for improving
their vision, too.

There is some light at the end of the tunnel or, more appropriately, pipe.
The Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority [GCZMA] is reported to have issued
orders to stop the unauthorized construction activity allegedly for a
shipyard at Chicalim on the South bank of the River Zuari. The 'River' Zuari
is actually an 'estuary' in which saline water from the sea ingresses during
high tide even during monsoons. During summer it is an arm of the sea 24x7.
The seven days make the whole week! The stoppage of illegal work in Goa is
so rare that it makes front page news whenever it happens, which is rarely.
This week began on that rare note. Viva! Like Priyadarshani Mattoo, it has
been ravaged, raped and murdered by the persons who know the law only too
well.

Take the case of a CRZ violation in Baga-Calangute, close to the world
famous watering-hole that advertises itself rather simply, "Tito's. Where
else?" Four labourers were killed and five injured when a wall collapsed.
One of the dead persons was a Manipuri lad named Lucky Singh. Guess his luck
ran out on the sands of time. They were doing a 'neeru' finish for the
masonary wall. The contractor's name is Vishwas [meaning 'Trust']. Perhaps,
his full name is Vishwas Gath [Betrayal]. Did the Good Book have something
to say about a house built upon the sands? The owners of the property are
reportedly named Atul and Arun Surekha [Su= good, rekha=line]. Perhaps, they
knew not of the 'surekha' called the HTL: the High Tide Line.

The Coastal Regulatory Zone notification defines the four CRZ categories.
CRZ-I is the inter-tidal area between the LTL and the HTL. In lay man's
terms, the region in which one would wade in the water, without wanting to
swim. Along the banks of the creeks and estuaries, land filling to reclaim
inter-tidal mudflats is very rampant. The Chicalim shipyard was also into
this process, as pointed out by the local MLA. The former MLA has already
forgotten the CRZ law and is all for Pinky, 'because the local people want
Pinky'. So what does greenery have to do with pinky? The village Sarpanch
allegedly went a step further and punched a journalist on his head.

The next is CRZ-II, the land on the shore that already has the fisherman's
huts and some vacation houses of old, many of them conveniently 'renovated'
to become hotels. CRZ-III is the zone that was 'relatively undisturbed' in
1991. That part of coastal geography is now history! CRZ-IV is also history
for Goa after it handed over Anjediva island to the navy. The details are
available in a number of books including "Protection and Control of Coastal
Erosion in India" and "Mangroves" both by Dona-Paula-based WWF-Goa Chairman
and BSG member Dr. A. G. Untawale and the Botanical Society of Goa's
DSTE-funded project report "Sand Dune Vegetation of Goa: Conservation and
Management." Like any other truth, most people in Goa know CRZ in their
hearts but will not bring it to their lips lest they dirty their hands or
shackle their feet or, worse, lose their heads.

Right now we can only try, or cry, to save CRZ-I and CRZ-II, or whatever is
left of them. There is no CRZ-III to be found. The entire coast of Goa is a
'disturbed area' and everyone is raving about it. Like Priyadarshani Mattoo,
it has been ravaged, raped and murdered in cold blood by the persons who
know the law only too well. If Goa succeeds to save its CRZ it will make
front page even in the National newspapers. It is a 'rarest of rare' event!
(ENDS)


Miguel Braganza's column at:

http://www.goanet.org/index.php?name=News&file=article&sid=482

===========================================================
The above article appeared in the November 3, 2006 edition of Gomantak
Times, Goa
Miguel Braganza
2006-11-10 05:27:48 UTC
Permalink
Either CRZ or just CRY!

Civilization has come to such a pass that it can no longer see things in
black and white, with a few grey areas. Today we have different types of
'grey areas' and a dozen types of 'off-white' shades of opinion and
understanding. One such 'grey area' is the CRZ. It almost makes one cry!

The Government of India came up with what was believed to be a simple,
straight-forward notification on 20 February, 1991, entitled "Coastal
Regulation Zones" and issued under the Environmental [Protection] Act, 1986
. The all important 'High Tide Line' or HTL is defined as 'the line up to
which the highest high tide reaches at Spring Tide'. The farmers in the
villages and the fisher folk along the coast in Goa know this HTL as
'zorgoti-chem uddhok' and will readily show you the level it reaches in
April or July-August, when the sun and the moon are opposite each other at
15 degrees North latitude. In Menkurem village of Bicholim and
Ibrampur-Hassapur villages of Pernem, the farmers allow the flood waters
from the river Chapora to deposit silt around the banana plants kept in the
unfilled pits. The miracle is that these 'ignorant' folks know what our
highly qualified scientists, engineers and experts in the Goa
Administration, GCZMA, TCP, DPA, DMA, NIO and other organizations keep
debating about.

The Good Book says, "There is none as blind as the those who refuse to see."
Right in the capital city of Goa there is sea water lapping onto concrete
and masonary walls. Or is it the saline water from the river? Is it a river
or a creek? Or, perhaps, it is a nallah. On the other hand, it could well be
a 'storm water drain' that has been inundated by saline water due to a
breach in some imaginary dyke or bund somewhere! There are so many grey
areas when one has a cataract in the eye. What a pity that the Rotary
Foundation does free cataract surgeries only for the financially poor. These
poor myopic guys in the administration could do with some help for improving
their vision, too.

There is some light at the end of the tunnel or, more appropriately, pipe.
The Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority [GCZMA] is reported to have issued
orders to stop the unauthorized construction activity allegedly for a
shipyard at Chicalim on the South bank of the River Zuari. The 'River' Zuari
is actually an 'estuary' in which saline water from the sea ingresses during
high tide even during monsoons. During summer it is an arm of the sea 24x7.
The seven days make the whole week! The stoppage of illegal work in Goa is
so rare that it makes front page news whenever it happens, which is rarely.
This week began on that rare note. Viva! Like Priyadarshani Mattoo, it has
been ravaged, raped and murdered by the persons who know the law only too
well.

Take the case of a CRZ violation in Baga-Calangute, close to the world
famous watering-hole that advertises itself rather simply, "Tito's. Where
else?" Four labourers were killed and five injured when a wall collapsed.
One of the dead persons was a Manipuri lad named Lucky Singh. Guess his luck
ran out on the sands of time. They were doing a 'neeru' finish for the
masonary wall. The contractor's name is Vishwas [meaning 'Trust']. Perhaps,
his full name is Vishwas Gath [Betrayal]. Did the Good Book have something
to say about a house built upon the sands? The owners of the property are
reportedly named Atul and Arun Surekha [Su= good, rekha=line]. Perhaps, they
knew not of the 'surekha' called the HTL: the High Tide Line.

The Coastal Regulatory Zone notification defines the four CRZ categories.
CRZ-I is the inter-tidal area between the LTL and the HTL. In lay man's
terms, the region in which one would wade in the water, without wanting to
swim. Along the banks of the creeks and estuaries, land filling to reclaim
inter-tidal mudflats is very rampant. The Chicalim shipyard was also into
this process, as pointed out by the local MLA. The former MLA has already
forgotten the CRZ law and is all for Pinky, 'because the local people want
Pinky'. So what does greenery have to do with pinky? The village Sarpanch
allegedly went a step further and punched a journalist on his head.

The next is CRZ-II, the land on the shore that already has the fisherman's
huts and some vacation houses of old, many of them conveniently 'renovated'
to become hotels. CRZ-III is the zone that was 'relatively undisturbed' in
1991. That part of coastal geography is now history! CRZ-IV is also history
for Goa after it handed over Anjediva island to the navy. The details are
available in a number of books including "Protection and Control of Coastal
Erosion in India" and "Mangroves" both by Dona-Paula-based WWF-Goa Chairman
and BSG member Dr. A. G. Untawale and the Botanical Society of Goa's
DSTE-funded project report "Sand Dune Vegetation of Goa: Conservation and
Management." Like any other truth, most people in Goa know CRZ in their
hearts but will not bring it to their lips lest they dirty their hands or
shackle their feet or, worse, lose their heads.

Right now we can only try, or cry, to save CRZ-I and CRZ-II, or whatever is
left of them. There is no CRZ-III to be found. The entire coast of Goa is a
'disturbed area' and everyone is raving about it. Like Priyadarshani Mattoo,
it has been ravaged, raped and murdered in cold blood by the persons who
know the law only too well. If Goa succeeds to save its CRZ it will make
front page even in the National newspapers. It is a 'rarest of rare' event!
(ENDS)


Miguel Braganza's column at:

http://www.goanet.org/index.php?name=News&file=article&sid=482

===========================================================
The above article appeared in the November 3, 2006 edition of Gomantak
Times, Goa
Miguel Braganza
2006-11-10 05:27:48 UTC
Permalink
Either CRZ or just CRY!

Civilization has come to such a pass that it can no longer see things in
black and white, with a few grey areas. Today we have different types of
'grey areas' and a dozen types of 'off-white' shades of opinion and
understanding. One such 'grey area' is the CRZ. It almost makes one cry!

The Government of India came up with what was believed to be a simple,
straight-forward notification on 20 February, 1991, entitled "Coastal
Regulation Zones" and issued under the Environmental [Protection] Act, 1986
. The all important 'High Tide Line' or HTL is defined as 'the line up to
which the highest high tide reaches at Spring Tide'. The farmers in the
villages and the fisher folk along the coast in Goa know this HTL as
'zorgoti-chem uddhok' and will readily show you the level it reaches in
April or July-August, when the sun and the moon are opposite each other at
15 degrees North latitude. In Menkurem village of Bicholim and
Ibrampur-Hassapur villages of Pernem, the farmers allow the flood waters
from the river Chapora to deposit silt around the banana plants kept in the
unfilled pits. The miracle is that these 'ignorant' folks know what our
highly qualified scientists, engineers and experts in the Goa
Administration, GCZMA, TCP, DPA, DMA, NIO and other organizations keep
debating about.

The Good Book says, "There is none as blind as the those who refuse to see."
Right in the capital city of Goa there is sea water lapping onto concrete
and masonary walls. Or is it the saline water from the river? Is it a river
or a creek? Or, perhaps, it is a nallah. On the other hand, it could well be
a 'storm water drain' that has been inundated by saline water due to a
breach in some imaginary dyke or bund somewhere! There are so many grey
areas when one has a cataract in the eye. What a pity that the Rotary
Foundation does free cataract surgeries only for the financially poor. These
poor myopic guys in the administration could do with some help for improving
their vision, too.

There is some light at the end of the tunnel or, more appropriately, pipe.
The Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority [GCZMA] is reported to have issued
orders to stop the unauthorized construction activity allegedly for a
shipyard at Chicalim on the South bank of the River Zuari. The 'River' Zuari
is actually an 'estuary' in which saline water from the sea ingresses during
high tide even during monsoons. During summer it is an arm of the sea 24x7.
The seven days make the whole week! The stoppage of illegal work in Goa is
so rare that it makes front page news whenever it happens, which is rarely.
This week began on that rare note. Viva! Like Priyadarshani Mattoo, it has
been ravaged, raped and murdered by the persons who know the law only too
well.

Take the case of a CRZ violation in Baga-Calangute, close to the world
famous watering-hole that advertises itself rather simply, "Tito's. Where
else?" Four labourers were killed and five injured when a wall collapsed.
One of the dead persons was a Manipuri lad named Lucky Singh. Guess his luck
ran out on the sands of time. They were doing a 'neeru' finish for the
masonary wall. The contractor's name is Vishwas [meaning 'Trust']. Perhaps,
his full name is Vishwas Gath [Betrayal]. Did the Good Book have something
to say about a house built upon the sands? The owners of the property are
reportedly named Atul and Arun Surekha [Su= good, rekha=line]. Perhaps, they
knew not of the 'surekha' called the HTL: the High Tide Line.

The Coastal Regulatory Zone notification defines the four CRZ categories.
CRZ-I is the inter-tidal area between the LTL and the HTL. In lay man's
terms, the region in which one would wade in the water, without wanting to
swim. Along the banks of the creeks and estuaries, land filling to reclaim
inter-tidal mudflats is very rampant. The Chicalim shipyard was also into
this process, as pointed out by the local MLA. The former MLA has already
forgotten the CRZ law and is all for Pinky, 'because the local people want
Pinky'. So what does greenery have to do with pinky? The village Sarpanch
allegedly went a step further and punched a journalist on his head.

The next is CRZ-II, the land on the shore that already has the fisherman's
huts and some vacation houses of old, many of them conveniently 'renovated'
to become hotels. CRZ-III is the zone that was 'relatively undisturbed' in
1991. That part of coastal geography is now history! CRZ-IV is also history
for Goa after it handed over Anjediva island to the navy. The details are
available in a number of books including "Protection and Control of Coastal
Erosion in India" and "Mangroves" both by Dona-Paula-based WWF-Goa Chairman
and BSG member Dr. A. G. Untawale and the Botanical Society of Goa's
DSTE-funded project report "Sand Dune Vegetation of Goa: Conservation and
Management." Like any other truth, most people in Goa know CRZ in their
hearts but will not bring it to their lips lest they dirty their hands or
shackle their feet or, worse, lose their heads.

Right now we can only try, or cry, to save CRZ-I and CRZ-II, or whatever is
left of them. There is no CRZ-III to be found. The entire coast of Goa is a
'disturbed area' and everyone is raving about it. Like Priyadarshani Mattoo,
it has been ravaged, raped and murdered in cold blood by the persons who
know the law only too well. If Goa succeeds to save its CRZ it will make
front page even in the National newspapers. It is a 'rarest of rare' event!
(ENDS)


Miguel Braganza's column at:

http://www.goanet.org/index.php?name=News&file=article&sid=482

===========================================================
The above article appeared in the November 3, 2006 edition of Gomantak
Times, Goa

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