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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Retrospective EIA of third Mandovi bridge project not feasible now: SEAC

Expert Committee submits observations and recommendation to State EIA Authority

PANJIM: The Goa State Expert Appraisal Committee (SEAC) conducted a fresh site inspection of the ongoing construction work of the third Mandovi Bridge following directions from the National Green Tribunal (NGT) and it is of the view that retrospective environment impact assessment of the project was not feasible at this stage.

Appearing to be satisfied with the ongoing construction work, the SEAC has submitted its observations and recommendation to the State Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA), which has to consider granting fresh CRZ clearance to the project.
“The SEAC in its post site visit/technical presentation/deliberations has considered the contemporary status of the construction and its present environmental impact/fallout. Wherein retrospective impact appraisal is not possible at this stage, the SEAC has considered the present scenario and apprehensions arising from various stakeholders,” the minutes of the meeting, held earlier this month, state.
“Given the fact that substantial construction work has already taken place on ground, the SEAC sought to lay emphasis on the current environmental scenario at the construction site and the requisite mitigation and management interventions put in place by the project proponent – Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC),” it added.
The SEAC has made it mandatory to the project proponent for periodic and regular examinations of exposed concrete structures for fouling encrustations and to take the necessary antifouling measures to avoid weakening of the pile structures.

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