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The Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) today revoked the consent to operate given to controversial beach shack 'Curlies' located at Anjuna beach, which was in news after its owner was arrested in a drug-related case. The board, in its order issued today, asked the shack owner to stop the operations with immediate effect. The National Green Tribunal at Pune had asked the GSPCB to reconsider the consent given to the shack to operate after social activist Kashinath Shetye had filed a petition against it. "The consent to operate the order dated March 3, 2016 issued by the Board to Curlies Restaurant and Bar located at Anjuna shall be revoked forthwith," the order issued by GSPCB official Dr Mohan Girap said. The board, during its hearing, found that the no objection certificate (NOC) provided by the shack to seek consent under The Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 and The Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981 was invalid. "The NOC was dating back to the year 2014-15, while the consent to operate was sought for the year 2016 onwards," the board sources stated. Curlies, a popular tourist joint in Anjuna, was in the news after the owner Edwin Nunes was arrested on August 16 this year by police under Narcotics, Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.
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