The sub-committee for drafting revised ODPs will be headed by Monserrate and Joshua respectively
PANJIM: Following the government directions, the North Goa Planning and Development Authority (NGPDA) NGPDA decided to redraft the outline development plan (ODP) for Panjim and Mapusa planning and development areas (PDA).
NGPDA during its board meeting held on Monday under the chairmanship of Calangute MLA Michael Lobo, resolved to draft fresh ODPs. This process, following the procedures as stipulated by the government, will make it mandatory to have land use maps and registers prepared first.
Lobo said that NGPDA has received directions from the government under section 39 of Town and Country Planning (TCP) Act 1974 to redo the ODPs for Panjim and Mapusa.
The sub-committee for drafting the revised ODPs for Panjim and Mapusa will be headed by Panjim MLA Atanasio Monserrate and Mapusa MLA Joshua D’Souza respectively.
“The plans that we had prepared in 2016, were sent back by the government asking us to redraft it following procedure. Accordingly, during our meeting, we have decided to prepare the land use maps and registers for Panjim and Mapusa in the next three months,” said Lobo, while informing that public notices will be issued in newspapers inviting comments with regards to land use map and register.
He added that that every structure will now be registered on the land use map. “We will get all the structures on record. It will also help us to know if some land is illegally acquired,” said the Chairman, while adding that they are going to be getting a private agency on board for mapping these structures.
NGPDA has urged CCP and Mapusa Municipality for its complete cooperation in drafting the plan. CCP corporators and Mapusa councillors will be added as the members in the sub-committee.
“The entire process of preparing the land use map and register, draft ODP and finalisation of the plan will be completed in nine months time.” Lobo stated.
The ODPs for Panjim and Mapusa, which were prepared in 2016-17, were denotified last year for failing to adopt the procedure.
The TCP board under Minister Vijai Sardesai, during its 163rd meeting held in August 2018, had decided to prepare new ODPs for both the planning areas.