Wednesday, 19 April 2017 16:45
Panaji: Citing multiple issues of selective omissions and additions of recommendations in the notified Regional Plan 2021, the Pilerne Citizens Forum has demanded that the government should revisit the draft plan and incorporate all of eco-sensitive zones 1 and 2 in it.
In a letter addressed to the chief minister, town and country planning minister and chief secretary of Goa, the citizens forum has stated that the notified regional plan has, surprisingly, many ingredients which were never recommended by the task force set-up nor by any village panchayat.
"The said features like abolition of village panchayats three status, setting-up of eco tourism zones, helipads, house boats and floating hotels have suddenly sprung up from nowhere and have created a mist of suspicion," forum president Prakash Bandodkar said.
Bandodkar added that the crucial forest department final report of the state-level expert committee, containing identification of private forest land, area covered under plantation belonging to the government and mangroves, has been deliberately omitted with only land-under-private-forest area being mapped and that too incomplete. "We had sought that information through RTI and it was forwarded to the office of the chief town planner to be incorporated in the regional plan. We state that the said report has now been omitted," Bandodkar said.
The letterpoints out that the notified regional plan is without the information about the total agricultural land in the state and with no knowledge about the survey and sub-division numbers.