RTI reveals restaurants working without any NOC from panchayat
An application was filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act with the village panchayat of Morjim, Goa seeking to know whether the Panchayat had issued NOC to Eco Wood village restaurant for operating in the village.
The reply from the panchayat states that it has not issued any NOC to the restaurant. But the villagers say that the restaurant has been functioning in the area for past two years.
The locals have also alleged that many illegal constructions, like hotels and pubs, have coming up along the beach. They allege that not only the Coastal regaulation Zone (CRZ) norms are being violated but also hooliganism by rival factions of businessmen from these illegal businesses are creating a bad reputation for the village as a tourist spot.
The villagers also stated that despite bringing the issue to the notice of the authorities, no action has been taken against these illegal businesses.