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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Panel to superimpose RPs, draft integrated plan

To conduct physical verification of the ground realities

PANJIM: In a major decision, the State Level Steering Committee (SLC) on the Regional Plan (RP) has resolved to correlate and superimpose the components of the RP 2001 and RP 2021 and draft an integrated land plan-cum-‘Goa based Visionary Growth Plan’. The Committee has also decided to conduct physical verification of the ground realities rather than being dependent on Google mapping alone.
The SLC that met on Wednesday under the chairmanship of Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Town and Country Planning (TCP) Francis D’Souza, has also decided to create a special land palette by integrating all the government policies like the Tourism Master Plan, Investment Promotion Board (IPB), agricultural and forest policies, coastal regulation zone (CRZ) guidelines, rules and regulations pertaining to protection of Western Ghats, housing policies, etc.
“Rather than just being a land plan, we want to give a people-friendly, sustainable and economical land plan for the State. Our focus is to have a Goa-based visionary growth plan,” SLC member and chairman of Indian Institute of Architecture, Goa Chapter, Mangesh Prabhugaonkar told Herald after the meeting.
“The meeting has decided to correlate and superimpose the main components of the RP 2001 and RP 2021 and draft an integrated plan. This will be the main base of the RP,” he added.
The meeting decided to formulate detail parameters for scrutinising the 5,940 applications providing suggestions and comments for rectifying the land plan, so as to decide whether certain suggestions would fit into these parameters.
“We are doing a taluka-wise analysis with a vision-based, way-forward model for the RP21. In the first phase, we have started work on Sattari, which has a total of 13 panchayats. This will be followed by finalising the taluka-level plan,” said Prabhugaonkar.
He added, “We are proposing to have a socio-economic model for every taluka to ensure that every taluka is self-dependent.”
The architect said that Goa being a unique State, the SLC proposed to have a Goa-based Visionary Growth Plan and not just a land plan. “This will include all kinds of natural resources, like land, vegetation and water,” he explained.
All these applications have been categorised under a new settlement in ECO-1, new settlement in non-ECO-1, to restore 2001 settlement in ECO-1 and non-ECO-1, rectification of houses, temples, road-width, fresh demands, etc.

Team Herald Goa News

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