To lift curbs on the extent of usage of open spaces in the industrial estates in an effort to improve the business climate in the State
PANJIM: Open space norms for industries in Goa are all set to be relaxed with fresh amendment to the Goa (Regulations of land Development and Building Construction) Act 2008. As part of its efforts to improve the business climate in the State, Manohar Parrikar-led government has decided to lift curbs on the extent of usage of open spaces in the industrial estates.
Parrikar-led steering committee has drafted and approved new regulations, as per which the open space area in the industrial estates has been reduced from 15 percent to 10 percent, thereby utilising the balance five percent for the industrial growth/ expansion.
The new regulations also propose to increase the Floor Area Ratio (FAR) to 60 percent and 150- 200 percent for the industries in Information and Technology Sector. This was also announced by Chief Minister during the Monsoon Session of the State Legislative Assembly.
The regulations basically aim at granting maximum relaxation to the industrial sector to facilitate its growth, which will also focus on new setback guidelines.
“The steering committee has already cleared the proposal and the same would be notified shortly,” sources confirmed adding that the Department of Town and Country Planning (TCP) has already issued order for the implementation of the new regulations, following nod from Government.
As per the current Goa (Regulations of land Development and Building Construction) Act 2008, of the total 15 percent reserved open spaces in the industrial estates, 7.5 percent is to be developed as recreational open spaces and balance 7.5 percent as general pool parking which is open to sky and shall not be built upon.
However, the Goa Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) had proposed to allow utilisation of open spaces reserved in industrial estates for new industrial plots by reducing the open spaces from 15 percent to 10 percent. Of the total 10 percent, five percent would be left open and another 5 percent would be used for general utility.
“With land constraints being a major hurdle in the way of promoting Goa as an industrial hub, IDC wants to utilise open spaces in the industrial areas for development of plots. Government wants to promote industries. The utilisation of open space would be to accommodate more industries and expansion of existing units,” sources said.
IDC has identified approximately 12 lakh sq mts of open space across all the 22 industrial estates.
It may be recalled that TCP had initially declined to reduce the open space area as the Board was of the view that the open spaces cannot be utilised for plots but can be used for basic industrial purpose like setting up of garbage facilities, scrap yards, parking lots, etc.