The Goa Assembly passed the Goa Mineral Development Corporation Bill, 2021, which would enable the state government to start a corporation to carry out mining operations in an orderly, scientific and ecologically sustainable manner.

The government of Goa has issued the draft ‘Goa Electric Mobility Promotion Policy, 2021’ for the adoption of electric vehicles and to cut down the carbon emissions making the state greener. Goa has recently announced that it will offer subsidies to 11,000 electric vehicles every year for the next five years.

Order passed by the High Court of Bombay at Goa in the matter of State of Goa & Others Vs Armando Gonsalves & Others dated 13/05/2021. The matter related to COVID-19 related casualties at the Goa Medical College due to lack of oxygen supply.

The Bill seeks to amend sections 2 and 7 of the Goa Non- Biodegradable Garbage (Control) Act, 1996 (Goa Act 5 of 1997), so as to provide for levy of cess at the rate not exceeding two percent of consideration received on outward supply of goods.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Victor Fernandes Vs Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority dated 19/10/2020.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Jayashri Rajebhosale Vs State of Goa & Others dated 12/10/2020. The present case relates to the illegal mining of laterite stone extraction in Goa.

The state authorities had proposed environmental compensation of Rs. 25,000, saying that there was no parameter for calculation of environmental compensation in the laterite stone extraction matter.

Affidavit-in-reply by the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) in the matter of Dattaprasad Prabhu Goankar Vs Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority & Others.

The application was filed by Dattaprasad Prabhu Goankar on the following grounds:

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Mehdad & Others Vs Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change & Others dated 28/09/2020. This application was filed by the state of Goa seeking extension of time for finalizing Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP). The matter was getting delayed for a long time. The NGT said that repeated extensions were given earlier.

The court was informed that the delay was due to National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management (NCSCM).

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Goa Foundation Vs Union of India dated 28/09/2020.

The issue for consideration is the remedial steps for protection of ecology of Western Ghats, which is an eco-sensitive area. The NGT observed that there was demand for more and more exclusion by those who claim the need for ‘development’ while need for ‘environment protection’ does not allow acceptance of such demands. This aspect needed to be finalized and had been pending consideration for the last eight years.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Kashinath Shetye & Others Vs Chief Secretary State of Goa & Others dated 24/09/2020.

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