Panaji, Mar 29 (PTI) Nearly six years after it was put on hold due to protests, the Goa Regional Plan 2021 was revived today with the state government allowing construction activities, on case to case basis, on the lands notified as settlement, commercial, institutional and industrial zones. Also Read - Bizarre: Obscene Clip Sent From Goa Deputy CM's Phone, Minister Claims His Mobile Was 'Hacked' When he Was Asleep
Announcing the decision, Town and Country Planning Minister Vijai Sardesai said the developmental activities would be allowed case-wise after following a proper procedure. Also Read - School Reopening News: Resumption of Normal Classes Deferred in These 2 BJP-Ruled States | Read Details
Implementation of Regional Plan 2021 was put on hold by the then chief minister Digambar Kamat of Congress on June 4, 2012 amid protests by the Opposition which feared that the RP would unleash unbridled construction activity damaging the fragile ecology of the coastal state. Also Read - Beach Lovers, Here’s Why You Should Choose Gokarna Over Goa as Your Next Travel Destination
The order issued today by the Town and Country Planning department prohibited development in eco-sensitive areas like low-lying paddy field, water bodies, khazan land, flood-prone areas, lands having slopes with over 25 per cent inclination, and forest lands, including private forests.
The land falling in the buffer zone of wildlife sanctuaries and those in the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) cannot be developed without the prior permission of Forest department even if they fall under the settlement or developable zones, it stated.
“The government has been toying with the idea of rectification of the Regional Plan for Goa 2021 for quite some time. Permissions were being granted only for lands which are falling under settlement or developable zones,” said Sardesai.
Due to confusion and anarchy, illegal developments and fragmentation of orchard lands and other agricultural lands were on the rise, the minister said while justifying the decision to revive the RP 2021.
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