TCP Board likely to exclude villages from Greater Panjim Planning and Development Authority; May also deliberate on anti-PDA protests, demands for scrapping RP 2021
PANJIM: All eyes are on the crucial meeting of the Town and Country Planning (TCP) Board scheduled on Wednesday wherein a decision on exclusion of ten villages from St Cruz and St Andre from the jurisdiction of Greater Panjim Planning and Development Authority (GPPDA) is expected to be taken. The Board, chaired by Minister Vijai Sardesai, is also likely to deliberate on the anti-PDA protests and the demand for scrapping Regional Plan 2021.
This is going to be the first meeting of the Board since anti-PDA and anti-RP21 protests galvanised the State, with protestors demanding the scrapping of all the planning and development areas (PDAs), scrapping of RP21 and an amendment to the TCP Act.
The meeting has a 12 point agenda for discussion that includes GPPDA, rain water harvesting guidelines for buildings, hearings amongst others. Other items on table will also be considered for discussion. The agenda notes were circulated to all the members via email.
Speaking to Herald the Minister said there are 12 points on the agenda for discussion, he, however, refused to disclose them. “The decision on exclusion of villages from GPPDA will be taken during the meeting,” Sardesai said.
“On the eve of Easter I had made a promise to the people of St Cruz and St Andre that their villages will be removed from GPPDA. I have to fulfill that promise. Our board will resolve it during the meeting,” the Minister stated.
The meeting will also take stock of RP 21, which has been put into operation from March 28. The government had set up guidelines for putting it in operation with taluka and district level officers given powers to clear projects below 2000 sq mtrs. A five member expert committee has been constituted to recommend projects to the TCP board for clearance above 2000 sq mtrs.
Sources reveal that a detailed discussion is also likely to take place on how to go ahead with the new RP31 and other planning processes.
The Board had last met on March 19 when it had constituted a sub-committee to go into the objections raised by the villages that were included in GPPDA. The Board was supposed to meet on April 10, however, the meeting was postponed as the Minister had to travel to Pune for a conference.