GCA halts construction work at Thivim stadium

Panaji: The Goa Cricket Association has halted the construction of an international stadium in Thivim, 15 kms from here, following a public interest litigation filed in the Panaji bench of the Bombay High Court against GCA for violating environmental norms.

GCA secretary Prasad Phatarpekar in a written undertaking has told the court that work on the international cricket stadium will be stopped till further court orders.

The Panaji bench of the Bombay High Court is hearing a PIL against GCA filed by a local NGO, which claimed that the project has not undergone environment impact assessment (EIA).

Goa Foundation, a NGO, had told the court that more than 100 trees have been cut by the GCA and work is on without the mandatory permission, including licence from local panchayat.

The court has fixed the matter on December 31 for further orders.

The NGO had pointed out to the court that the EIA (environment impact assessment) notification of September 2006 does not permit even land preparation work at any site until project authorities have obtained environmental clearance order.

Several locals and the NGO had filed PIL against the stadium which is being heard by the court.

The stadium planned by GCA is expected to have 45,000 seating capacity and was likely to be completed by 2013.