“The plans given by the panchayats will be tallied with the plan drafted by the national centre for sustainable coastal management (NCSCM), Chennai, as also 4,000 suggestions will be taken into consideration before the CZMP is finalised,” Sawant said.

Chief minister Pramod Sawant told the House on Friday that the coastal zone management plan (CZMP) would not be finalised till plans submitted by village panchayats and 4,000 other suggestions received from citizens are considered.

“The plans given by the panchayats will be tallied with the plan drafted by the national centre for sustainable coastal management (NCSCM), Chennai, as also 4,000 suggestions will be taken into consideration before the CZMP is finalised,” Sawant said.

He appealed to Porvorim MLA Rohan Khaunte to withdraw his private member’s resolution. Khaunte, through the resolution, recommended that CZMP be reverted to the panchayat level, where the voice of the concerned Goan can be heard.

The House witnessed a heated discussion on the issue for over an over hour and a half.

In case the plan submitted by any panchayat is not correct, Sawant said it would be brought to the notice of the concerned panchayat. It will be asked to submit a corrected plan, and only then will it be finalised. The chief minister repeated his statement, trying to dissipate fears of the opposition that the new CZMP would bulldoze coastal villages.

He also told the House that a committee comprising fishermen headed by the fisheries director has been constituted. Fishermen can address their queries and doubts to the committee through the panchayat and get them cleared, he said.

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