Looking for Greens for Goa’s Heritage Properties in Coastal Planning | Goa News – Times of India

The public hearing held on Thursday was severely criticized

Panaji: Goa’s heritage monuments and archaeological sites ranging from megalithic cave and window glass oyster breeding site in Chicalim to ancient temples and popular churches of Old Goa listed by activists for inclusion in Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP) is.
The state’s checkered history has left behind multilevel sites in many villages and former capital cities – caves, tunnels, monuments and ruins.
Goa Heritage Action Group (GHAG) and Charles Correa Foundation said in a statement to the government, “The state has prepared an environmental management plan for sea turtles, mangroves, sand dunes, but there is no plan to manage the built heritage. ”
Goa has a total of 422 legally notified built heritage sites, of which 75 are protected by the state and central governments.
“But only 13 sites are mentioned in the report, and only 12 are marked on the maps,” heritage groups said.
Some sites are of historical importance, as they have shaped the history of the region.
“For example, the 500-year-old Rachol Church. There is also an ancient tunnel and other ancient remains, which make this village an archaeological site,” said Abhijit Prabhudesai, a social activist.
Giving details about other sites in the Goa Coastal Zone Management (GCZMA) hearing on Thursday, he said there is a need to delineate Quelosim, Carambolim and other places in the CRZ area after the survey.
‘Only two of the 21 preserved structures of Old Goa are shown’
In Old Goa, only two of the 14 centrally protected monuments and seven state-protected monuments – St. Cajetan’s Church and the Arch of the Viceroy – are marked. “This demarcation of monuments and sites protected as part of CRZ-1 is under CZMP guidelines,” said Glen Cabral, a veteran Goa-based activist.
“Further, at least four more need to be shown, including St. Cajetan’s Largo, St. Peter’s Church, Benguinim and Casa de Polvora, Panlim,” Cabral said.
Chicalim, a village awaiting the tag ‘Heritage Village’, boasts of a multi-layered history with natural and man-made properties. “Chickalim, Dabolim and St. Jacinto Island have many historical and archaeological sites. The 16th-century ruins of St. Bartholomew’s Church, treasure lands with unique irrigation systems that are thousands of years old and ancient caves at Chickalim and Dabolim,” a social Activist Cyril Fernandes said.
Some houses, an underground tunnel and fort and other sites in the island of So Jacinto are included in the Chicalim list.
Chickalim Bay is known as one of the few window pane oyster breeding sites on the west coast.
Fernandes said, “The National Institute of Oceanography, Dona Paula has declared it as a natural breeding site for the endangered oyster, Placuna placenta, known locally as ‘mendios’, according to EPA, 1986. It is a Schedule IV species protected under

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