PANJIM: The State government is finally set to notify the Regional Plan 2021, but only for Sattari taluka, with additional iron ore mining areas notified. The rectified plan for this taluka will be placed for approval before the Town and Country Planning Board at its meeting scheduled on December 9.
The State Level Steering Committee (SLC) chaired by Deputy Chief Minister and TCP Minister Francis D’Souza is also planning to place the land plan of Canacona and Pernem taluka for approval before the Board during the meeting. However, this has not been finalised.
Speaking to Herald, Chief Town Planner Dr S T Puttaraju confirmed that the plan for Sattari is ready. “The entire process of the taluka, including the site inspections, is complete and the plan is ready. TCP board has to grant its approval, before forwarding the same to government,” he said.
SLC had received over 300 applications from the taluka with suggestions and comments to rectify the plan. Following the request from the stakeholders, SLC has notified additional iron ore mining areas in the taluka, where the active mining leases exist.
Puttaraju said that the drafting of the land plan for Canacona and Pernem taluka is almost complete and may place these two before the board for approval. “But we will have to see. For now, Sattari plan will be placed before the Board,” he said adding that the Minister is committed to notify the RP21 for the entire state by December end.
SLC member and chairman of Indian Institute of State Architecture, Goa Chapter Mangesh Prabhugaonkar said that based on the recommendations of people, they have considered to increase cum notify additional mining areas in the taluka, wherever active mining leases or a lease exist which is non operational but has the required permissions from the Union Mines Ministry, Ministry for Environment and Forest and State government.
Stating that the existing notified areas like wildlife sanctuaries, forests and other green covers have been restored on the land plan, Prabhugaonkar said that development, with focus on tourism, has been proposed in the balance land. “We are focusing on tourism and micro industrial sector for providing employment to the locals there,” he said.
During the second round of public inputs, 6500 applications were received with comments and suggestion, which maximum number coming from Salcete (1260) and Bardez (1030). The first round of inputs was held during Congress regime.