PANJIM: The Town and Country Planning (TCP) Board on Thursday decided to actively consider providing space in multi-family dwelling units for Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), considering the rising number of cases of sudden cardiac and other emergencies in the State.
AEDs are a type of computerised defibrillator that automatically analyses the heart rhythm in people, who are experiencing cardiac arrest. They are used to revive someone from sudden cardiac arrest. Necessary instructions have been given to branch offices and Planning and Development Authorities (PDAs) to include this provision when granting permission for projects, stated TCP Minister Vishwajit Rane after chairing the Board meeting.
Rane said that all the buildings and properties in housing societies which are more than 20 years old and needing redevelopment will be given exemptions with increased Floor Area Ratio (FAR) and height, uniform across the State as per the decisions taken by the board. This policy will benefit the people of the State and improve their quality of life, he added.
Among the various cases and decisions made, the Board nominated Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) president Shrinivas Dempo and architect Milind Ramani as its members. “We sought advice and suggestions from both -- Dempo and Ramani, and the government will be happy to take their inputs forward,” Rane said.
Several important policies were discussed and decisions were made at the board meeting, which will benefit the people of Goa, the Minister stated.
Chief Town Planners Rajesh Naik and Vertika Dagur, TCP Board Member and Poriem MLA Deviya Rane, other board members, and special invitees were present for the meeting.