Herald: HC admits petition challenging Sec 16B of TCP Act

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HC admits petition challenging Sec 16B of TCP Act

30 Nov 2018 05:55am IST

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30 Nov 2018 05:55am IST

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PANJIM: The High Court of Bombay at Goa on Thursday admitted a Public Interest Litigation challenging section 16B of the Town and Country Planning Act, 1974. The amendment, moved in the recent Goa Assembly and assented by the Governor allows the Town and Country Planning Board to make changes requested by parties to the statutory Regional Plan of Goa 2021, on payment of fees.

The PIL has been filed by Goa Bachao Abhiyan and Goa Foundation. The State through the Town Planning Secretary, Town and Country Planning Department and Town and Country Planning Board are respondents.

“The Court directed notice will separately be issued to the State’s Advocate General on request of the petitioners for interim relief, staying the operation of any changes made at the private request of parties under Section 16B of the Act,” Goa Foundation’s Claude Alvares said. 

The petition has been filed in public interest seeking for quashing and setting aside provisions of law (Sec 16B of the Goa Town and Country Planning Act and proviso to Regulation 6.1.1(d) of the Goa Land Development and Building Construction Regulations, 2010) that seek to allow ad-hoc and arbitrary conversions of privately owned plots in the Regional Plan based on individual applications from such parties.

“Such arbitrary conversions would lead to rampant and un-balanced development in the State of Goa and therefore, are contrary to the interest of the citizens and are incompatible with the ecological requirements and resources of the State. They also violate Article 14,” the petition states.

The petitioners have also challenged the ambiguous, repugnant and incorrect definition given to the word ‘zone’ in the Building and Construction Regulations, 2010 which allows plot changes as “zone” changes without any basis in law or planning. 
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