PANJIM: The Goa chapter of Indian Institute of Architects (IIA) celebrated the completion of 100 years of IIA. An open forum moderated by IIA Goa Chapter’s Milind Ramani and attended by chief guest and Minister for Town and Country Planning, , Vijay Sardessai, raised several issues.
Some of the demands put forward included (a) Streamlining approval procedures in time bound periods; (b) Rapid procedures for smaller bungalows with single window clearances; (c) Promotion of architectural character of buildings in Goa and maintain identity; (d) Amendments in regulations; (e) Incentives for conservation areas and planning strategies for heritage areas; (f) Monitoring transformations to building complexes after issue of occupancy certificates and handing over; (g) Expedite the ongoing planning procedures - Regional plan , Outline development areas , New planning areas in both urban and rural areas.
Several interlocutors suggested that the Town and Country Planning (TCP) should be taken to a different level and upgrade its role to more than just approvals and being a regulatory body. Demand was also raised to extend help to stakeholders of building industry and assist in adaptation to RERA Act.
Mr Sardessai said, “Architecture of the place is a reflection of the political era of the place. Let Goenkaarponn lead to promotion of architectural character of Goa. We have some issues which we are trying to sort out and I can assure you that the government will pay heed to the advice given by IIA, Goa chapter.”
The welcome address was by Prof Edgar Rebeiro who highlighted need of white paper to be presented to government on overall concerns and strategies for adequate strategies of architecture and town planning.
The event was attended by ex-chief town planner of India, Prof Edgar Rebeiro; First chapter chairman of IIA (1988), Gurudatt Sanzgiri; Past Chairman of IIA, Tulio D’Souza; Manguesh Prabhugaonker, IIA Goa Chapter, chairman; Chief Architect PWD, Marwin Gomes, Rita Mody Joshi, Sneha Bhandare amongst others.