“The minister repeated his statement that they will tabulate the objections against the responses from the NCSCM. We will be appealing to all the villages and just trying to make our own parallel bank of objections from both editions (2019-2021). This will at the very least, be a check or balance to allow villages to hold NCSCM and the GCZMA accountable for addressing their issues,” urban planner and architect Tahir Noronha told TOI.
In a letter signed by 44 architects, planners and designers, as well as 14 students and researchers, the community pointed out that the draft CZMP plan is rife with errors that include misidentification of khazan lands and mangroves, confusion over port limits, missing elements like jetties, sluice gates, fishing community areas, among other issues.
They volunteered to “stitch the grids together into a comprehensive village map” and then sit with villagers who know the ground reality and identify corrections in the map.