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    BJP will regularise houses built on community and govt land if re-elected: Manohar Parrikar

    PTI | Updated: Jan 23, 2017, 11.09 PM IST

    PANAJI: Ruling BJP in Goa today assured to legalise those houses which are built on community and government land by forming a proper law if voted back to power, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said today.

    "There are few things which are left incomplete. We wanted to legalise the houses. We have legalised those houses, which are on their own lands. But we came to know that there are many houses which are on communidable (community) or government lands," Parrikar said while addressing the BJP's public meeting in Vasco.

    He said they will abide by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's announcement on availability of houses for all in next five years.

    "He (PM) has said 'housing for all by 2022'. Tenure of Goa government that would be formed in year 2017 will end in 2022. We will implement the announcement of Modiji in next five years. Those houses which are on communidade and government land would be regularised by forming a proper law," the former Chief Minister said.

    Goa is going to polls on February 4.

    Parrikar said the BJP will eradicate unemployment from the state in next five years.

    "In the next five years, you will have to search an unemployed youth in Goa. This is our assurance to the people," he said.

    Recalling the party's 2012 electoral promise of generating 50,000 jobs in Goa, Parrikar said the BJP never forgets its commitment.

    "There were financial problems after 2012 polls. Due to closure of mining, 25 per cent of our budget was slashed. The government used to get Rs 120 crore annually from the mining industry," he said.

    The minister said "substantial employment" would be created through Defence Ministry's work order to Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) for building 'Mines Counter Measure Vessels'.

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      BJP, other parties promise to rectify error-ridden Regional Plan 2021

      TNN | Updated: Feb 3, 2017, 01.38 PM IST

      PANAJI: Protecting Goa from the threats of an error-filled Regional Plan, that is heavily loaded towards development, has taken a back seat in the February 4 elections, as most parties have routinely assured in their manifestos to complete the plan, shortly.

      The issue of Regional Plan 2021 was an emotive issue in 2012 elections. The plan, with many positives, had sought to protect hill slopes, private forests, cultivable lands and water bodies, as eco-sensitive zones (ESZ), but the threat lay in erroneously or with malafide intent, showing these eco-fragile areas as settlement or orchard zones, which are available for conversion of land use.

      "RP 2021 has probably lost its importance as it was kept on hold. As no serious effort was made to rectify it, as demanded by people, the status quo remained," an activist admitted.

      While the Congress was in the dock for the error-filled and incomplete plan, which was notified in late 2011, BJP tapped the resentment with the promise of taking up the RP issue on a priority basis. But in the last five years, a state-level committee constituted by the government has managed to rectify only three taluka level plans of Satari, Pernem and Canacona.

      BJP has now promised in its manifesto to complete RP 2021 within one year. All views will be considered so that the environment/agricultural land is protected, the manifesto states.

      The Congress manifesto has promised to amend RP 2021, and reformulate it under the newly-formed TCP Act.

      Activists have been demanding that the planning should be adopted with a bottom-up approach, involving stakeholders at grass root level, as per 73rd and 74th constitutitional amendments. "Unfortunately, the inputs given by village-level committees during the preparation of RP 2021, about seven years ago, were not incorporated in RP 2021," alleged John Philip Pereira, an activist from Nagoa.

      Maharashtrawadi Gomantak party has promised to redraw RP within a year, and bring it in conformity with the objective of Goa's sustainable development, as per Article 243 of the Indian Constitution.

      AAP has also assured in its manifesto to prepare the plan within a year.

      Activists said that the new government will have to re-examine the issue and build up on the existing plan with another decade-long time frame in mind.

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        Panaji mayor moves HC, seeks scrapping of ODP

        TNN | Feb 10, 2017, 12.45 PM IST

        PANAJI: Panaji mayor Surendra Furtado and 15 Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) councillors have knocked on the doors of the high court of Bombay at Goa seeking that the Panaji Outline Development Plan (ODP) 2021, which was notified on December 12 by the North Goa Planning and Development Authority, be scrapped as it was passed without CCP's approval.

        In a writ petition filed before the high court of Bombay at Goa, CCP has stated that the notification of the ODP for Panaji was passed in "great haste" to "benefit a few individuals" ahead of the February 4 state assembly elections.

        The writ petition has been filed by 16 councillors, but the names of the BJP-backed panel which is in the opposition do not find mention in the list of petitioners.

        "The sequence of events as reflected from the notifications and correspondence exchanged would disclose that the entire exercise carried out is an exercise purportedly carried out in great haste and hurry. Haste and hurry could be attributed to a malafide action," the petition states.

        The Panaji ODP 2021 has proposed a multi-storey car parking facility near Junta House and on the government garage premises along with a redesign of the conservation boundary of the capital.

        CCP is upset with the special settlement zones notified by NGPDA in the capital where the floor area ratio (FAR) has been increased to 200.

        The notified ODP also introduces special commercial zones with an FAR of 300. The earlier FAR for settlement zones was 100 for S1 category and 0.80 for S2 category.

        "We will see to it that this ODP is scrapped. They want to bring in eight storey buildings, but this ODP will not happen because we will not approve any projects under the new ODP," mayor Surendra Furtado said.

        CCP has argued that the ODP 2021 for Panaji was meant to be prepared in consultation with CCP, which was not done and instead has suggested that NGPDA accepted only Panaji MLA Sidharth Kuncalienker's recommendations. Kuncalienker headed an NGPDA sub-committee which held stakeholders' meetings.

        "The Panaji MLA never said that his priority is the ODP. But after getting elected, he has pushed for the ODP and has been undermining CCP," Furtado added.

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          Development in eco-fragile zone worries Chimbel locals

          Paul Fernandes| TNN | Feb 11, 2017, 03.28 AM IST

          Panaji: After a massive excavation on the edge of a hill slope at Ribandar lopped off a part of the hill, another adjoining slope on Chimbel side is being cleared for development.

          Villagers said that the work started and continued in full swing using machinery while authorities were busy during peak election time. "There is a massive felling of trees and land conversion in progress in ward No. 5 in Gaulembhat, Chimbel," vice president of Chimbel Manch, Gurudas Shirodkar, alleged.

          The manch has written to the Chimbel panchayat to look into the matter, as the area was demarcated as no developmental zone (NDZ) in the draft of Regional Plan 2021. "The land being developed is on a steep slope and hence it had been marked as eco fragile," secretary of the manch, Tukaram Kunkalker, said.

          Villagers are concerned as large areas of green slopes in Chimbel have already been destroyed by the slums and construction activity spreading into the hills.

          "It has been observed that the work is going on in an area of one lakh sqm and many fruit-bearing trees, such as cashew, mangoes and jack fruits are being cut and the land is being levelled," the manch stated in its letter to the panchayat.

          No sign board, showing details of approvals and licences obtained by the project promoter, has been displayed at the site, the villagers alleged.

          The panchayat has taken cognizance of the complaint. "We have issued a 'stop work' order to the party and are trying to get more details," a panchayat official said.

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            HC stops activity in khazan land

            TNN | Updated: Feb 20, 2017, 05.32 AM IST

            PANAJI: High court of Bombayat Goa has directed the mamlatdar of (Mormugao) to immediately initiate measures to seize any machinery used for excavation or dumping of mud in the khazan land at Quelossim and also stop any further activity till the next date of hearing.

            While disposing off a miscellaneous civil application filed by an environmental action group Goa Foundation, the division bench comprising Justice F M Reis and Justice Nutan D Sardesai observed that no further reliefs sought by the petitioner need to be granted in view of assurances.

            The issue pertains to the excavation and other activities, as alleged by the petitioner, at the mini India park at Quelossim under survey no 170/1 and 171/1, but the respondent has maintained that it is not being carried out in his property. He has also assured the court that no civil works are being done or will be done in the interim period.

            The bench further noted that photographs showing the dumping and excavation at the site alleging violations and produced by the petitioner have already been submitted to the advocate general, so that the government can initiate further action in the matter immediately.

            The foundation had further stated that its interest was to ensure that no development activity is carried out in the CRZ area based on an alleged in-principle recommendation issued by investment promotion board (IPB). The main petition challenges the in-principle approval, stating that IPB is not entitled to make any recommendation in the CRZ and khazan area.

            Any activity in the area would cause irreparable damage and the petitioner produced photographs of the work being done.

            Noting seriously that the activity on the bank of the river is causing blanket change in land use, the judges issued the directions to initiate action to stop the damage.

            The project promoter's counsel objected to the grant of interim relief, stating that it would prejudice his position before GCZMA which has served him a show cause notice.

            The judges stated that their observations are tentative findings and the authority should take a decision on the merit of the issue.

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              4-lane NH 17 will enable high speeds between 80-100kmph

              Gauree Malkarnekar| TNN | Feb 24, 2017, 12.36 AM IST

              Panaji: The project highway or the four-laning of the NH 17 (66) passing through Goa, once completed, will enable commuters to travel between 80 and 100kmph, as against the current 50 to 60 kmph. The four-laning, work on which has already begun in some areas in Goa, involves widening of the NH 17 from Panvel, south of Mumbai to Kochi in Kerala.

              This four-laning will include the roads passing through the villages of Torxem, Tamboxem, Uguem, Poroscodem, Caznem, Pernem, Virnoda, Dhargalim, Colvale, Mapusa, Bastora, Guirim, Porvorim, Panaji, Santa Cruz, Bambolim, Siridao, Palem, Cortalim, Nagoa, Verna, Nuvem, Fatorda, Margao, Navelim, Sirlim, Chinchinim, Panzorconi, Cuncolim, Canacona, Maxem and Polem.

              To avoid conflict of the traffic flow at crossroads on the four-lane stretch, the project will also involve construction of around 15 vehicular underpasses, one overpass, a flyover and six elevated corridors. One elevated corridor will come up to segregate the traffic coming from the Dabolim airport road and that from the Verna Industrial Estate.This project will exclude the Zuari bridge, the Mandovi bridge, the Margao bypass and the Canacona bypass, work on which is already on under other projects.

              The project highway will link the states of Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka starting at Patradevi on the Maharashtra-Goa border to Polem on the Goa-Karnataka border, which will be of a total length of 135.96 km.

              The current NH 17 is two-laned and after widening will have two carriageways of two-lanes each. The four-laning has been designed after the consultants for the project considered the traffic projections upto 2030. As per plans, these roads are likely to be converted to six laned ones post 2030.

              Project Highway will also include structure improvements, including widening, repair and reconstruction/new construction of bridges on the stretch of 135.96km. Wherever minor bridges are proposed to be widened, the existing railing will be replaced with RCC crash barrier and existing pipe culverts smaller than 900mm will be replaced with 1200mm diameter pipe culverts. As the existing alignment in Karmal ghat stretch has sub-standard horizontal and vertical curves for an around 582km stretch, a realignment with a 1.45 km length of tunnel is proposed.

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                Now, Centre identifies 263 'enemy properties' in Goa

                Murari Shetye| TNN | Updated: Feb 27, 2017, 04.36 PM IST

                PANAJI: The ministry of home affairs (MHA) has identified 263 enemy properties worth over Rs 100 crore in the state that belong to Goans who have acquired Pakistani nationality. These properties assume significance as the Union government intends to take them over by passing a law in Parliament.

                Enemy properties are those whose survey numbers are registered in the names of Goans who migrated to Pakistan decades ago. After these Goans accepted Pakistani citizenship and India declared Pakistan an enemy state around 1965, their properties were declared enemy properties.
                16,000 'enemy properties' worth crores in India, several in city

                Most such properties are located in the talukas of Bardez and Salcete, while a few lie in Tiswadi, Bicholim and other parts of the state.

                The home ministry has forwarded a list of enemy properties to both district collectors and has directed them to collect the lease rent from their occupants. Sources said several people have already approached courts, staking claim to these properties.

                Advocate Cleofato Coutinho said there should be a mechanism in place for citizens who have changed their nationality to claim their property. "The problem with the current law is that it is very difficult to get such property back," he said.

                On September 11, 1965, a central government notification stated that all immoveable properties in India belonging to, or held, or managed on behalf of Pakistani nationals were to be treated as enemy properties, and that control over them was to be vested in the custodian of enemy property. Matters relating to enemy property are dealt with under the Enemy Property Act, 1968 and Enemy Property Rules, 2015.

                These cases involving enemy properties are dealt with under the Enemy Property (amendment and validation) Ordinance promulgated by the President of India on January 7, 2016.

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                  Goa realtor asked to pay Rs 4 lakh for not building swimming pool

                  The forum has also directed Amit Prabhu, proprietor Prabhu Real Estate to pay a sum of Rs 2 lakh with ten percent interest from the date of filing their complaints till its realizationTNN | March 03, 2017, 08:02 IST

                  PANAJI: The Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, South Goa, has passed orders in two separate cases directing a builder to execute deeds of sale for apartments he sold in 2010 and 2011 in Vasco and pay compensation for not building a swimming pool as agreed.

                  The forum has also directed Amit Prabhu, proprietor Prabhu Real Estate to pay a sum of Rs 2 lakh with ten percent interest from the date of filing their complaints till its realization, to each of the parties, towards denial of the amenities of a swimming pool.

                  Both complaints were filed in 2013 and were disposed of last month. The builder has also been directed to pay Rs 50,000 to each of the complainants towards mental agony for not providing all the amenities, provide a children’s park in Sunset Lagoon and make arrangements to drain out the rain water which gets accumulated near the complex.

                  Ravi Mishra booked a double bedroom flat for Rs 25 lakh and Suresh Karapurkar a triple bedroom flat for Rs 29 lakh which was inclusive of fittings, fixtures in the flat and common amenities like swimming pool, children’s park and proportionate area in the property beneath.

                  Mishra paid the Rs 25 lakh and in different stages and stated that in order to obtain the possession of the flat paid the additional amount of Rs 1.10 lakh towards maintenance charges and also forced to deposit a sum of Rs 50,000 and Rs 12,000.

                  According to Mishra’s complaint non providing of amenities and facilities to him and not submitting accounts, amounted to deficiency in service and unfair trade practice.

                  Prabhu stated that the brochure supplied to the complainant is not binding on him as it doesn’t form part of the contract. He stated that he had informed the complainant that it was not possible to construct the swimming pool as the customers were not interested in making additional payments for the swimming pool.

                  The forum in its order stated that since the opposite party received the full and final payment of Rs 25 lakh towards the sale of the flat, "There are no reasons for the opposite party to deny the execution of the sale deed in favour of the complainant".

                  Where the matter of the swimming pool is concerned, the forum stated there “there is nothing on record to prove as to what prevented him not to construct the swimming pool inspite of taking a sum of Rs 25,00,000/- in the year 2010 for a flat from the complainant.

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                    ‘Govt can check cost of houses with faster clearance process’

                    TNN | Mar 21, 2017, 03.18 AM IST

                    Panaji: Stating that 99% of the housing sector is currently under private players, the Confederation of Real Estate Developers' Associations of India (CREDAI) Goa president, Jaganath Prabhudessai, said the government can support the industry by introducing a single-window clearance mechanism.

                    "The government can help check costs of housing projects by speeding up the clearance process. If a project can be initiated within three months of the purchase of the land, costs can reduce significantly, thus helping the consumer," Prabhudessai said while speaking at a panel discussion on current typologies and planning strategies for housing in Goa, organized by the Indian Institute of Architects, Goa chapter.

                    He also pointed out that the delays in finalization of the regional plan and ODPs create an unnecessary uncertainty that increases the cost of the land.

                    Agreeing with Prabhudessai, architect Swapnil said it is the government's social responsibility to provide affordable housing. "The government is just doing housing projects for slum rehabilitation and has left the market to private players," he said.

                    CREDAI ex-president Nilesh Salkar, said the private lobby cannot take over the government's responsibility of providing affordable houses by incurring losses.

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                      Rehab programme for slum dwellers in Goa

                      The former defence minister added that the government will bring out a strong legislation in order to regularize illegal houses on communidade and government-owned lands.TNN | March 25, 2017, 18:00 IST

                      PORVORIM: Chief minister Manohar Parrikar has allocated Rs 50 crore to rehabilitate people living in the three largest slums of the state. “The government will take keen initiative to rehabilitate all the inhabitants of Zuarinagar, Chimbel and Camrabhat. Rs 50 crore have been provided to the Goa Rehabilitation Board,” Parrikar said.

                      The former defence minister added that the government will bring out a strong legislation in order to regularize illegal houses on communidade and government-owned lands.

                      The government also allocated a long-term interest-free loan of Rs 100 crore to the Goa Housing Board to provide low-cost housing for economically backward residents of Goa.


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