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    North Goa development body to seek 60 more days to finalize ODPs

    Currently, the floor area ratio (FAR) applicable to the Kadamba plateau is 50, but after making it a separate ODP, they would be able to offer an increased FARTNN | July 11, 2017, 16:30 IST

    PANAJI: Chairperson, North Goa planning and development authority (NGPDA), Michael Lobo, said the Kadamba plateau which forms part of Cumbharjua constituency has to be earmarked as a separate Outline Development Plan (ODP) area.

    He would make such a proposal to the government, Lobo said addressing a press conference on Monday.

    Currently, the floor area ratio (FAR) applicable to the Kadamba plateau is 50, but after making it a separate ODP, they would be able to offer an increased FAR.

    “For residential units, we want to give FAR of 80 and commercial units 100,” said Lobo. Replying to a question, he said the draft ODP for Calangute is ready and new areas of Arpora, Nagoa and Parra have been added to it. These areas will similarly benefit from an increased FAR.

    “Locals want to build guesthouses,” said Lobo, explaining why NGPDA has decided to offer increased FAR to the newly-added areas. Lobo said they are in the process of moving a file seeking extension of 60 days to finalize ODPs. “The file is ready to be sent to the government,” said Lobo.

    Lobo said due to the panchayat election code of conduct that remained in force last month, he said they could not receive suggestions for ODPs and the NGPDA wants more time to complete the process.

    As regards to Panaji ODP, he said the NGPDA is open to review it as demanded by the councillors of the Corporation of the city (CCP) of Panaji, but subject to approval of the government. Lobo clarified that the court has not issued them any order to so.

    Some CCP councilors went to court complaining that the ODP for Panaji was drafted without consulting them. “We have pictorial evidence to show that they had been consulted,” said Lobo.

    If government gives in to the demand by NGPDA, the finalization of the ODPs is likely to be delayed.









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      Govt moves to develop coastal plan

      Murari Shetye| TNN | Jul 23, 2017, 03:47 AM IST

      Panaji: The state government has asked the National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management (NCSCM), Chennai, to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) for coastal development that is required to be submitted to the Union ministry of environment, forest, and climate change (MoEFCC).

      TOI had reported that Goa could lose Rs 400 crore for coastal development under the integrated coastal zone management (ICZM) project as the government failed to submit a DPR to the environment ministry.

      The project, funded by the World Bank, is an initiative to conserve the fragile ecosystem along the coast, provide livelihood opportunities, and protect coastal communities and infrastructure from the hazards arising from the sea. The project also seeks to promote ICZM planning of the identified coastal stretches in Goa and other states.

      The NCSCM has been asked to prepare the DPR within two months and include shoreline management, a pollution management plan, a conservation management plan, a coastal livelihood plan, a resource management plan, a tourist management plan, institutional arrangements, and building awareness and capacity. The DPR will be prepared in consultation with stakeholders.

      The DPR will comprise measures to prevent erosion and degradation of beaches and lands, right from Pernem to Canacona. It will also consist of measures to preserve turtle-nesting sites and management plans, and also to study the water quality of estuaries.

      Also in the list is a khazan management plan, a sand dunes park, a mangroves park, and the identification of fish-breeding sites. The government has asked the NCSCM to conduct research on other areas too: blue flag sites, potential fishing zones along coastal waters, sand extraction zones, coral reefs at Grande Island, salt pans, mangrove cover, ingress of saline water and the subsequent impact on salinity on ground water.

      The government has also asked NCSCM to prepare a report on sewerage and waste management infrastructure available along the coastal belt, and on the upgradation of infrastructure at the Goa State Pollution Control Board's coastal water monitoring lab. The NCSCM will identify infrastructure requirements related to sustainable fishing, public transport system, and public utilities. Given that the Goa economy runs on tourism, the NCSCM has also been asked to prepare a design of eco-friendly beach shacks, as well as identify measures to promote solar energy.









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        Goa government to compile data of illegally built structures

        The move is likely to spell trouble for residents who have carried out illegal constructions during the last 12 yearsPTI | July 24, 2017, 16:30 IST

        PANAJI: The Goa governmenthas decided to compile data of structures that have come up in the state between 2005 to 2017 without permission from the authorities.

        The move is likely to spell trouble for residents who have carried out illegal constructions during the last 12 years.

        The last Regional Plan drawn by the Town and Country Planning Department was valid upto 2001. Thereafter the Regional Plans of 2011 and 2021 faced opposition and were dropped. The department is now in process of preparing the plan upto 2030.

        "In the absence of Regional Plan, there are several constructions which have come up illegally in the state between 2005-17 without converting the lands or seeking permissions. We are compiling data of such structures," Town and Country Planning Minister Vijai Sardesai told today.

        "We are compiling the data of how much area could have been illegally converted between 2005-2017. Unplanned development and illegal sub division of plots is rampant everywhere in Goa specially in the orchard lands. We will have to rein this in," the minister said.

        "Since there was no regional plan people have developed their structure illegally. Now I am saying you come to us and we will consider it accordingly," Sardesai said.

        Blanket permissions will not be granted to these structures. The state government can work out certain means like the "amnesty scheme" for them, said the minister.

        The town and country planning department will be using Google Mapping or comparing the records available with sub-registrar offices to compile the data of such structures.

        Talking about the Regional Plan 2030 which will be a land use guide for the state, Sardesai said the backbone of this plan would be Transfer of Development Right (TDR) policy which will assign development rights to every property.

        "Those developmental rights which can be transferred to designated area," he said, adding, that assigning developmental rights to all properties is not an overnight job.

        "It will take time. In the meantime, if you have urgency for development, we can consider on case to case basis," he said.

        The minister said that the work that has been done on the regional plan in the past would not be discarded fully.

        "Whatever that has been done by the department in the past...Like in last five years they have reached conclusion for regional plan (RP) on Pernem, Canacona and Sattari, now all that work will not go waste.

        "We will certainly consider all the work that has been put in. But the new RP 2030 will have to be based on a new policy," he said.

        Tightening the noose around the illegal conversions in absence of RP, Sardesai said "there is a section in town planning act which makes it mandatory for plots before being registered with the sub registrar to have NOC from the town and country planning department."

        "This practice was stopped by the then government because they thought this was being misused by Planning and Development Authorities (PDA) and town and country planning department. I think we will have to restart this process," he said.

        "When you come to register the plot you should have no objection certificate from PDA or Town and Country Planning department. Otherwise illegal development will continue," Sardesai added.










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          Goa's new airport to be commissioned by May 2020: Manohar Parrikar

          Parrikar said the process of meeting pre-construction requirements was in progress and the actual construction work of the Mopa Greenfield airportPTI | July 26, 2017, 13:30 IST

          PANAJI: The first phase of Goa's upcoming Mopa international airport will be operational by May 2020, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar told the state assembly on Tuesday.

          "GMR Goa International Airport Limited (GGIAL) has already started pre-construction work and, as per concession agreement, the first phase of the project is likely to be commissioned by May 2020," Parrikar said in a written reply tabled on Tuesday, during the ongoing monsoon session of the state assembly.

          Parrikar said the process of meeting pre-construction requirements was in progress and the actual construction work of the Mopa Greenfield airport, located nearly 40 km north of Panaji, was expected to begin shortly.

          "Mopa airport project is expected to create multiplier effect in the economy generating employment across various sectors," he said.

          The Chief Minister said the existing Dabolim international airport in South Goa, which operates out of an Indian Navy base, will continue to be operational for civilian purposes.






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            Land revenue rules to be amended, says Khaunte

            TNN | Jul 28, 2017, 03:54 AM IST


            Porvorim: Revenue minister Rohan Khaunte told the Goa legislative Assembly on Thursday that Goa, Daman and Diu Land Revenue (record of rights and register of cultivators) Rules, 1969, would be amended to clear mutation cases in 90 days.

            Khaunte was responding to a question tabled by Nuvem MLA Wilfred D'Sa.

            The Congress MLA had asked how long would it take to clear 336 partition cases concerning his constituency, which have been pending since 2012.

            The revenue minister said that the task of simplification of these procedures has already begun. After the act was amended, as many as 7,000 cases of mutation were cleared in 90 days. "Similarly, the government will amend the land revenue code to clear partition cases within 90 days".

            To a query raised by D'Sa, as well some other opposition members, Khaunte clarified that under the law, partition of land of less than 200 sq m is not permitted.

            The MLAs urged the revenue minister to consider this matter on a case-to-case basis.








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              Goa extends RERA deadline till October on delay in notifying rules

              The central Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA) came into effect on May 1, 2017, exactly a year after it was passed by ParliamentNewton Sequeira | TNN | July 31, 2017, 07:51 IST

              PANAJI: A delay in notifying the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA) rules for Goa has once again delivered a setback to consumers who were waiting for RERA to be enforced before buying homes. The BJPgovernment on Sunday extended the deadline to October for ongoing projects to register with RERA, even though the central government and other states have clearly refused to grant an extension.

              The central Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA) came into effect on May 1, 2017, exactly a year after it was passed by Parliament. As per the Act, developers, projects and agents had till July 31 to mandatorily register their projects with the Real Estate Regulatory Authority.

              Any unregistered project would be deemed to be unauthorized by the regulator, but since the state government has failed to notify the rules and the authority as on date, the ministry of urban development has given Goan builders additional time to register with RERA.

              TOI had reported on July 15, that the Goa government was likely to accept the demands from builders and extend the deadline by three months.

              “Builders and promoters can submit their applications of new and ongoing projects in the prescribed form which can be downloaded from the website. For ongoing projects, applications for registration will be accepted upto October 31, 2017, without levy of penalty,” designated Real Estate Regulatory Authority Sudhir Mahajan said.

              The central law, which was enacted to regulate the real estate sector and secure the interest of consumers, states that no builder can advertise, market or sell a plot, apartment or building without registering the real estate project with the Real Estate Regulatory Authority.

              A builder has to pay Rs 10 per sqm of area to the regulator as registration fees for the project.

              Goa is one of the few states in the country which has failed to notify the RERA rules. Officials said, the RERA rules for Goa have been framed along the lines of the regulations notified by Maharashtra, which has partially diluted the penalties for non-compliance by builders.

              “Notification of the rules will take time. We will try to do it at the earliest,” Mahajan said to TOI when asked if the rules under RERA will be notified in the coming days.

              The new regulatory authority was meant to end the uncertainty for home buyers, bring transparency and protect buyers from unscrupulous builders.








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                Goa land acquisition bill raises eyebrows

                Many are aware that the central land acquisition act imposes heavy financial burden on the government for land acquisitions related to projectsPaul Fernandes | TNN | August 05, 2017, 11:15 IST

                PANAJI: The Goa Requisition and Acquisition of Property Bill, 2017 that will have significant ramifications for private property owners has raised a few eyebrows, as legal experts and others are trying to unravel the intricacies of the government’s motives behind the proposed act.

                Revenue minister Rohan Khaunte moved the bill in the Goa legislative assembly on Thursday, seeking to empower the government to requisition land for transport facilities, promotion of tourism, affordable housing, government offices, establishment of industrial estates and medical facilities.

                “The bill needs to be studied in detail, as prima facie, it has implications for property owners and the public and it may not be in their interest,” Ramakant Khalap, former chairman of the law commission, said.

                According to the bill, the government will requisition any property it deems suitable for any public purpose by an order issued in the official gazette and local newspapers. The property will be released, if not acquired under section 6, after 15 years.

                Many are aware that the central land acquisition act imposes heavy financial burden on the government for land acquisitions related to projects. This bill may be a route to bypass the central act, Khalap said.

                A few others agreed with the former law commission chairman. “Possibly, the government finds it difficult to acquire land under the new act and is expecting it to be diluted. But this is a dangerous weapon in its hands as far as people’s properties are concerned,” Cleofato Coutinho, former law commission member, said.

                The bypassing of the central act will hit farmers, land users and others, says Ramkrishna Jhalmi, convenor, Goa Kull Mundkar Association (GKMA), a tenants body. “The central act provides fair compensation to farmers who were being cheated in the past. The proposed bill will be unfair to stakeholders,” he said.

                The government may not release the requisitioned land once it takes possession of it. “Once the land is acquired by the government, there is no guarantee that it will returned,” Jhalmi said.

                The state government is also eyeing comunidade land for various projects, but leaders of the age-old institutions pointed out that comunidades are absolute private villages. “There is no legal provision in the state over owners and holders of land in absolute private villages. There is no legally established constitutional collateral federal relationship with centre and state for state landlordism in these villages,” Andre Pereira, secretary of association of components of comunidades, said

                The bill also has various clauses, including powers to ensure repairs to the premises requisitioned for use. “If this is the case, the property owners will face the burden of repairing their premises,” Khalap said.

                Legal experts said that the bill has to be studied comprehensively before it is approved. “The bill should not be passed in a hurry and it would be better to refer it to a select committee,” Khalap said.










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                  Panaji mayor to crack whip on govt offices defaulting on house tax

                  According to data released by the CCP on its website, there are 183 house tax defaulters with Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) leading the list with Rs 1.47 crore owed to the civic bodyTNN | August 19, 2017, 15:00 IST

                  PANAJI: With Rs 7.48 crore owed by house tax defaulters, the Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) has decided to crack the whip to get what rightfully belongs to it. The civic body plans to start with government departments. Mayor Surendra Furtado on Friday moved a note to CCP commissioner Dipak Dessai asking him to take urgent action to recover outstanding dues by attaching government offices.

                  According to data released by the CCP on its website, there are 183 house tax defaulters with Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) leading the list with Rs 1.47 crore owed to the civic body. Incidentally, CCP has managed to recover Rs 22.63 lakh from ESG, which organizes the famed International Film Festival of India (IFFI).

                  The other government departments that have defaulted on their payments include tourism, information and technology, customs and central excise and the regional passport office.

                  The mayor’s note comes at a time when the government has decided to take up geographic information system (GIS) mapping of Panaji through the Smart City Mission to identify tax defaulters and improve collection. “The situation is very serious and speaks of the inefficiency of CCP officers, who are empowered to recover dues by taking coercive action under provisions of the CCP Act,” Furtado said.

                  Furtado has asked Dessai to recover the outstanding arrears by issuing attachment warrants under provisions of the Civil Procedure Code. The list also includes names of some of Goa’s biggest business houses and real estate groups.









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                    RERA will hit fly-by-night realty agents in Goa

                    As per RERA rules, real estate consultants have to mandatorily comply with procedures such as registration and certificatioNewton Sequeira | TNN | September 11, 2017, 16:30 IST

                    PANAJI: For the first time in the country, real estate agents or brokers have been recognised as an integral part of the housing sector and this has come about through the implementation of RERA. With RERA coming into force, only registered real estate agents will be able to sell housing or commercial units. And this will streamline the sector and weed out fly-by-night operators, says founder president of Goa Association of Realtors Denzil Xavier.

                    “The main thing is that it will make sure that all the bad practices, all the fly-by-night operators will disappear, builders as well as agents,” Xavier, who is also a member of the governing body of the National Association of Realtors.

                    As per RERA rules, real estate consultants have to mandatorily comply with procedures such as registration and certification. An agent has to mention the RERA certification and registration number. An agent or broker will be allowed to promote only those projects that are registered under RERA.

                    This is expected to protect consumers from tall claims and promises that builders later fail to keep.

                    “The real estate agent and the realtor will have to make sure that whatever has been put up in the registered brochure that is all that he will be able to promote in the market,” Xavier said.

                    However, there are certain provisions in the RERA Act and the rules that have been a cause for concern for Goa Association of Realtors (GAR). Given that the Act says that even oral promises or claims made by realtors can be binding, GAR is concerned about punitive or legal action from customers? “What do you mean by orally? If there is any complaint against any realtor it has to be substantiated with proper facts,” Xavier said.

                    The high registration fees of Rs 1 lakh for real estate agents, which come at a time when the housing sector is going through a slump has also weighed down on agents. “The fees for registration are little on the higher side. Compared to states like Maharashtra where the volume of sales is high, in Goa it is not so. To have a Rs 1 lakh fee for a company in Goa is too high,” Xavier said.

                    While GAR is happy that the real estate consultant has been recognised as an important stakeholder, the lack of protection of the agent’s interests has come as a disappointment. “The Act provides for roles and responsibilities, but it does not safeguard the interest of a real estate consultant. What happens when a client or developer defaults on our dues? There is nobody to protect us,” Xavier said.








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                      Goa tweaks its draft RERA rules to favour builders

                      Newton Sequeira| tnn | Sep 11, 2017, 07:44 IST Panaji: The draft Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act rules, better known as RERA rules, prepared by the state government is loaded in favour of promoters, builders and real estate agents as they can escape punishment by paying a fine of 5-10% of the estimated cost of the project.

                      The state government has made use of the provision in the central act, which gives it powers to set conditions and compound an offence, to tweak the rules and prepare a draft that hurts the buyers.

                      Goa is yet to notify the RERA rules.

                      As per Section 64 of RERA (central Act), if a promoter fails to comply with or breaks any of the orders, decisions or directions of the appellate tribunal, the promoter is punishable with an imprisonment up to three years or with a fine up to 10% of the estimated cost of the project. But Goa's draft rules gives an escape route to the builder by paying just 5% of the estimated cost, which could be extended to 10%.

                      The rules further state that on payment of the fine as ordered by the court, no further proceeding shall be entertained against the accused promoter or builder for the same offence. And in case the builder has been jailed, the person shall be discharged once the fine is paid.

                      In cases where the developers advertise or sell the projects without registering it, the draft rules provide a provision for compounding the offence by charging a fine of 5% of the estimated cost of the project that can be extended up to 20%. But here too, the central act seems to be more stringent with section 59 (2) clearly stating that if the promoter doesn't comply with the orders or continues to violate the provision regarding registration of the project, the promoter can be jailed for up to three years or with a fine which may go up to 10% of the estimated project cost or both.

                      When it comes to real estate agents, the draft rules again seem to be favouring them as they too can walk free by paying a fine of 5-10% of the estimated cost of the plot, apartment or building of the real estate project for which the sale or purchase has been facilitated. As per section 66 of RERA, a real estate agent can be jailed up to one year or fined if the orders of the tribunal are not complied with.







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