TCP explores affordable housing for Goans

Grants redevelopment exemptions to aging housing societies

The Goan Network | NOVEMBER 21, 2023, 11:14 PM IST


After deciding on granting exemptions with increased FAR and height to all housing societies, which are over 20 years old and are looking for redevelopment, the Town and Country Planning (TCP) Board is now exploring options of affordable housing to Goans.

TCP Minister Vishwajit Rane on Tuesday chaired the board meeting wherein various policy matters with regards to simplifying procedures for grant of permissions and others were discussed.

Speaking to the media after the meeting, Rane said that the Board is in discussion with regards to ensuring affordable housing to Goans.

Rane said that the Board has already taken a decision with regards to an open door policy for redevelopment of old housing societies.

He said that an appeal has been made to the public and builders, who come up with the proposals for redevelopment and seeking exemption with increased FAR, to detail out how the project will help or benefit common citizens or the residents.

“When we are giving you an increased FAR, we need to know how it will help our people. Ultimately, the decision needs to benefit the common man. What is the point in giving exemptions, if redevelopment is not going to help our own people,” Rane said.

The Board meeting was attended by Chief Town Planners Rajesh Naik and Vertika Dagur, board  members  including chairman of Goa Chambers of Commerce and Industry Shrinivas Dempo, architect Milind Ramani, Poriem MLA Dr Deviya Rane, and special invitees.

The board meeting deliberated on several important policies, the minister said, adding that decisions were taken in the interest and benefit of the people.

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