05/06/2015 ….. Stating that the name of goa had made a brand in international market through events of electronic dance music festivals Calangute mla Michael lobo had come in support of event like sunburn and supersonic to be held in vagator even after the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority had given its no for holding such big events on the beach belts of Candolim and Vagator
It may be noted that In a major blow to the organizers of mega electronic dance music festivals like Sunburn and Supersonic the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority had given its no for holding such big events on the beach belts of Candolim and Vagator, where it’s held annually in December, attracting several lakhs of visitors across the world and had suggested three large sites in south Goa for holding EDM festivals at places like Betul plateau, Cananguinim hill top and Cabo de Rama cliff hill top.
GCZMA was of the view that the site at Candolim cannot be rented out for such a large magnitude commercial event as the area constitutes a sand dune complex, classified as CRZ I, where no activity could be permitted while On the other hand the site at Vagator was best suited for exhibitions and festivals, where the influx is far less compared to the EDM festival attendees.
The concerned authority of GCZMA had reached to such conclusion following site inspection and observation made by the expert members consisting of Dr. Antonio Mascarenhas and Dr Nitin Sawant, who visited the mega event sites- of Candolim on December 31, 2014 and Vagator on January 3, 2015 to gather information whether or not such activities can be damaging to a sensitive coast
Speaking to goanreporter calangute mla Michael lobo said that as long as beach area were not disturbed events like sunburn and supersonic should be allowed in the coastal areas of north goa and authorities of gczma should try and verify if such events were really disturbing the sensitive coast of the coastal areas …
Lobo said that technical people from gczma should be put in to service to verify the facts and as long as no construction or sand dunes were disturbed in to the area …
GCZMA had noted that there should be change in the venue of the mega festivals events held in Goa and hence decided to forward the same to Department of Tourism for comments views as per the minutes of the meeting held on May 26 stated and the experts had also observed that at Candolim large undulating sand dune area was severely trampled upon and vegetation was found uprooted in totality.
Meanwhile former sarpanch and panch member of calangute village panchayat joseph sequiera said that he was against holding such events in calangute constituency as event like sunburn and supersonic were spoiling young goan youths and even there was no proper infrastructure in calangute constituency to hold such events