‘Concerned Citizens’ launch campaign to oppose amendments to Land Development Law

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Sep 13, 2022 | 07:02 IST

‘Concerned Citizens’ launch campaign to oppose amendments to Land Development Law

Team Herald

MARGAO: Taking note of the government’s intention to implement the Amended Goa Land Development and Buildings Regulations (Amendment) Act 2022, a statewide social activist group launched a public awareness campaign on the issue to oppose the move.

Under the banner of ‘Concerned Citizens’, civil society members from various panchayats held their first awareness campaign program at the Camurlim community hall on Monday, with a PowerPoint presentation followed by a discussion on the issue.

Recently, in a bid to implement the amended Goa Land Development and Buildings (Amendment) Act 2022, the state government invited the public to submit suggestions and objections within 30 days for the finalization of the draft regulations.

However, many social activists have already opposed the move by the Department of Land Use Planning (TCP), saying that the government wants to destroy Goa by implementing the amended law.

Addressing the rally, social activist Abhijit Prabhudesai said that in line with changes in regulations, golf courses, movie towns, etc. will be permitted in agricultural areas.

He called on the people and local leaders to be vigilant and speak out against the amendment to the law.

Abhijit also highlighted aspects such as implications for people and aspects of law, constitution, panchayat powers, etc. He further stated that a preliminary review of the proposed amendments shows that the TCP department only wants to water down the laws for the wealthy. build large hotels, polluting industries and commercial buildings.

The public notice mentions that all objections and suggestions to the said draft by-laws may be transmitted to the chief town planner, before the expiry of the said 30-day period from the date of publication.

The group of “concerned citizens” also plans to hold more awareness programs on the issue in other parts of the state. They want citizens to file as many objections as possible to the amended law.

Specific objections have been raised against the proposed Central Commercial Business District (CBD) area where construction with “400 FAR” can occur in green areas. Similar proposals to increase FARs for hotels, educational institutions and hospitals have also been opposed.

There has also been major concern over the proposal to allow golf courses and farms in hitherto green areas given the amount of water that will be wasted.

The group is also consulting with Comunidade stakeholders to see if the draft rules violate the Comunidades Code and the Goa Tenancy Act.

Recall that the CTP had recently invited the public to submit their suggestions and objections.

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