Goa CZMA wants EDM Festival Venues shifted

In a major blow to the organizers of electronic dance music festivals Sunburn and Vh1 Supersonic, the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) has given its “No” for holding such big events on the beach belts of Candolim and Vagator, where it is held annually in December, attracting several Million visitors from across the world.  

GCZMA is 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 can be permitted. On the other hand the site at Vagator is best suited for exhibitions and festivals, where the influx is far less compared to the EDM festival attendees.

EDMofy View: Every year the some or the other government authority tries to give rise to a political controversy after the Early Bird Tickets for the festivals are sold. These Festivals have brought Highly Talented EDM Acts from around the world & should receive special recognition & support from the local government for driving so many tourists to Goa to attend the music festivals.  Instead of which, the government adds additional burden on these festivals by repeatedly allowing such controversies to come up year after year.

The authority reached to a conclusion following site inspection and observation that at Candolim large undulating sand dune area was severely trampled upon and vegetation was found uprooted in totality. “Plastic waste was scattered all over. The four huge stages / platforms had its share of impacts. It was also noticed that long trailer trucks were moving all over the dune field thus creating further remobilization of dune sands,” GCZMA said adding that movement of large trucks in the dune fields are by itself a violation of CRZ regulations.
“Therefore, the human impact in the non-development zone (NDZ) of Candolim was significant,” the observations added.  In comparison, at Vagator, better sense prevailed. Except for the scattered plastic waste, only some nominal damage could be observed. The site of the festival falls outside NDZ.

Three large sites in south Goa have been suggested for holding EDM festivals
 Betul plateau
Cabo de Rama
 Cabo de Rama cliff
 “Either one or all three sites can be designated as permanent venues for major festivals,” it added. No adverse impacts can be envisaged on these hill tops as these are barren areas composed of hard rock.
The Festival organizers in the past had refused to shift their venue, after different sections from society demanded shifting it to south Goa.This year Festivals having no choice than to adhere with the decisions of the authorities may cause Music Festival scene in Goa to remain on the edge of whether the Festivals will continue to be held in the state of the sun and sand OR Not.



Article was published on: Herald


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