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    NGT disposes plea against Goa Velha building complex

    ​While the activists had alleged that the report of the expert committee formed based on NGT orders were faulty and malafide, the tribunal refused to accept this submission.
    • TNN
    • September 13, 2021, 14:01 IST

    PANAJI: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has disposed of an appeal filed by two activists alleging that construction of an apartment complex in Goa Velha has been carried out in no development zone of CRZ.

    While the activists had alleged that the report of the expert committee formed based on NGT orders were faulty and malafide, the tribunal refused to accept this submission.

    The Tribunal said that expert committee findings have to be put on a ‘higher pedestal and appreciated as documentary evidence’.

    “It is a well settled position of law, a report/opinion of the expert committee is put on higher pedestal and of course it needs to be appreciated like any other documentary evidence,” the Tribunal said.

    The appeal was filed stating that the construction at Goa Velha was carried out by damaging salt pans and mangroves. The activists asked for the construction to be demolished and the land to be restored to its original state.

    The activists said that while an inquiry committee, set up on orders of the Tribunal in 2014, stated that three of the constructions were in violation of laws, the same inquiry committee submitted a second report later the same year where they contradicted their original findings.

    But the Tribunal found that the inquiry committee found in its second report that the GCZMA had granted permission for the construction by considering the width of the nearby river as the CRZ line. The committee raised the issue as to which is to be considered as the CRZ line, the Tribunal noted.

    The inquiry committee found that site plans had a different CRZ line and the permission granted by GCZMA for construction had considered a different CRZ line.

    The committee noted that the CRZ line was drawn in 2005 by the GCZMA when granting the permission and the construction was carried out based on this permission. Therefore, the construction cannot be said to be in the no development zone of CRZ.

    The panel said that only a cemented platform and jetty existing in the no development zone of CRZ should be removed, which was eventually demolished.

    The Tribunal noted that its subsequent committees also did not find any violations. The 2017 committee also found that there was no disturbance to mangroves at the site.










    NGT disposes plea against Goa Velha building complex, Real Estate News, ET RealEstate (indiatimes.com)
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      Govt orders building on Saligao comunidade land to be demolished

      TNN / Updated: Sep 14, 2021, 10:43 IST


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      PANAJI: The directorate of panchayats has ordered the demolition of a ground plus two-storey building on comunidade land in Saligao. The matter came to light after a villager Eleuterio Fernandes raised the matter against the sarpanch and the comunidade of Saligao and won the case against them.

      The judgement states that “the construction has been erected without any valid lawful permissions” and that “the construction does not possess the necessary legal permissions.” The judgement further read that the construction is a “pucca construction” since materials used are sand, cement, steel, laterite stones, RCC etc.

      “An illegal construction of a huge ground plus two floors structure which has been constructed illegally by the comunidade in an agricultural tenanted property without the necessary developmental permissions and approvals from the town and country planning department and without obtaining the necessary construction license,” the judgment reads.

      It states that this is in “blatant violation of all building laws, rules and regulations, including the Town and Country Planning Act and Rules, as this illegal construction does not have an approved plan or a no objection certificate (NOC),” from the Town and Country Planning department (TCP).

      Deputy director of panchayats Fiona Cardozo has granted a period of three months for the demolition. “The village panchayat secretary of the sarpanch shall proceed to demolish the construction as specified in the BDO report with the help of a demolition squad within a period of three months and all the expenses incurred shall be recoverable from the comunidade,” the order reads.









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        Vigilance dept to probe 13 land grab cases


        Updated: Sep 29, 2021, 14:16 IST




        MARGAO: Taking cognizance of several instances of fraudulent transfer of land using forged conveyance deeds, South Goa district administration has written to the vigilance department to inquiry into the matter and also to various government departments dealing in land-related cases asking them not to process cases concerning 11 properties bearing certain specific survey numbers in Salcete taluka.

        Acting on a complaint lodged by the Salcete mamlatdar, the Fatorda police have already booked a case with regards to the fraudulent manner in which several properties were sought to be grabbed from the original landowners without their knowledge.

        TOI on Wednesday had highlighted a case wherein a Curtorim resident had been fraudulently dispossessed of 1,20,000 sqm of his land.

        “It appears to be a serious matter of forgery in survey records and operation of a suspected gang or persons in collision with staff related to mutation in the above cases cannot be ruled out,” reads the letter written by the South Goa collector to the vigilance department, while asking it to conduct an inquiry into 13 such cases.

        Besides, deputy collector (revenue), Snehal Prabhu, has written to the town and country planner (TCP), Margao, state registrar, and sub-divisional officer, Salcete, drawing their attention to such cases so that any further progress in the fraudulently-done process is preempted.

        “Some instances have been reported to this office of forged sale deeds being executed without being registered with the sub-registrar’s office concerned and mutations have been carried out based on such forged sale deeds which are now being reviewed by this office,” Prabhu said in her letter to TCP, Margao.

        Stating that a review application is pending for revision with the appropriate authority with regard to some 11 properties, Prabhu has asked the TCP “not to give any NOC and ensure that no permission for sub-division of plots and development of any nature is permitted” on the land bearing those specific survey numbers till further notice.

        In a similar letter to the state registrar, Prabhu has asked that no sale deed, gift deed or any other conveyance deed or mode of any transfer pertaining to those survey numbers be processed or registered.

        The conversion cell of Salcete mamlatdar and the Salcete sub-divisional officer have also been directed against proceeding with partition/conversion cases pertaining to those properties.

        As the offences were committed between 2018 and 2019, Prabhu has asked those departments to furnish details of any such NOCs or permissions issued with regard to those survey numbers from January 2018 till date “for taking necessary action if required.”









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          Now, exclusive residential enclave for Goa police officers

          This scheme, implemented through the Goa Police Welfare Society, will entail no financial implication to the department, but will enable officers to own their dream house.
          PANAJI: In an attempt to get affordable housing for police officers in the state, Goa police has decided to have exclusive residential enclaves for them. This scheme, implemented through the Goa Police Welfare Society, will entail no financial implication to the department, but will enable officers to own their dream house.

          In the first phase, over 40 plots will be allotted to officers. If more than 40 officers are interested in them, the department will follow the auction route, but even then, the price of the plot will not change, said deputy SP Edwin Colaco, a member of the Goa police housing committee.

          The committee was formed to identify plots and design the housing scheme. Colaco said that the land has been identified by the committee, and will be developed by a private player. The first lot of plots is currently being developed in a Salcete village by a private enterprise, and "has access to various amenities".

          Colaco said that officers of the rank of assistant sub-inspector (ASIs) and above are eligible. “In future, even if we get a newly-constructed building, an exclusive residential enclave can be made,” he said.

          “The director general of police, Goa, has taken the initiative to facilitate residential plots for its police personnel in different ranks. The idea is to have exclusive residential enclaves for police officers in all ranks across different parts of Goa,” Colaco said.

          These enclaves “will provide an opportunity to officers genuinely looking for options for housing”, the dySP said, adding that the society will circulate information to all police officers about the availability of plots at the earmarked locations.

          Colaco said that the police committee has further visited various locations across different villages in North and South Goa. “A much larger residential project is also being worked out in North Goa. The details of which will be put in the domain of the police,” he said.

          He also said that the mode of payment will be flexible, and with the facility to avail bank loans.













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            Goa: Uguem locals demand closure of stone quarry site

            Uguem locals, in a complaint to the Mines and Geology Department, had urged authorities to shut down quarries that are functioning without valid lease from the department.
            • TNN
            • October 09, 2021, 18:05 IST

            QUEPEM: More than 200 Uguem locals again marched to the basalt stone quarry site demanding immediate stopping of all activities at the spot, stating that around 60 houses have developed cracks due to blasting.

            Earlier, Uguem locals, in a complaint to the Mines and Geology Department, had urged authorities to shut down quarries that are functioning without valid lease from the department. The copy of the complaint was also addressed to the Goa State Pollution Control Board, chief minister, South Goa collector and Sanguem police.

            Mines department officials conducted a second site inspection within 10 days on Friday. They, along with Sanguem police, also inspected around a dozen houses near the quarries which have developed cracks due to blasting.

            Melwyn Cab, a local, said that around 60 houses in the vicinity of the five quarries have developed cracks.

            “We are scared to stay in our houses as the structures vibrate during the blasting, while cracks have developed on most of the walls. We are also facing noise pollution, but the authorities, including pollution board, have failed to take cognisance of our compliant. Even the chief minister during his visit to Uguem had assured us to stop the quarries,” said Cab.

            Sanjay Parwar, panch member of Uguem panchayat, said that government should not force the people to come on the road. “We will not allow trucks to ply on the road if the government does not listen to people’s grievances of the people,”he said .

            Dhananjay Kumar, a mines department official, told TOI that they will submit the inspection report of houses and quarries to higher authorities, who will analyse it and accordingly initiate action.











            Goa: Uguem locals demand closure of stone quarry site, Real Estate News, ET RealEstate (indiatimes.com)

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              Goa: Bill proposes six-month jail for no tenant verification

              The bill puts the onus on house owners to verify the bonafides and inspect the photo identity of tenants before providing them accommodation. The photo identity could be any government-issued document — election card, driving licence, Aadhaar card, etc.
              • TNN
              • Updated: October 19, 2021, 17:30 IST

              PORVORIM: The Goa (Verification of Tenants) Bill, 2021, which was introduced in the Goa assembly on Monday, has proposed stricter penalties on those failing to submit details about their tenants to police. Violators stand to face up to six-month imprisonment terms, and a fine up to Rs 10,000.

              The bill puts the onus on house owners to verify the bonafides and inspect the photo identity of tenants before providing them accommodation. The photo identity could be any government-issued document — election card, driving licence, Aadhaar card, etc.

              The government claimed that the bill will also strengthen tenant verification and provide better security to residents in view of the large number of tourists visiting the state and migrants staying in rented accommodation.

              “Every owner shall maintain a record of such a tenant and shall submit such information, in such form and in such manner and to such officer, as prescribed,” the bill said.

              “A police officer not below the rank of head constable... shall be entitled to inspect at any time records required to be maintained under Section 3.”

              Apart from providing punishments for these omissions, the bill also said that “an offence punishable under this section may be compounded by such officer as the government may by notification in the official gazette appoint, on payment to the credit of the government a sum not exceeding Rs 10,000 as may be specified by the government”.

              The bill also provides that “no court other than the court of a judicial magistrate first class shall take cognisance of, and try an offence under this Act”.

              The bill said that the government may give direction to any of its departments or agencies, local authorities or persons for collection and verification of proof of identity of tenants occupying the premises and the maintenance of records.








              Goa: Bill proposes six-month jail for no tenant verification, Real Estate News, ET RealEstate (indiatimes.com)
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