Tuesday 29 Nov 2022

Do not convert hill slopes into settlement zones

SMITA SATARDEKAR, Nerul | NOVEMBER 24, 2022, 07:45 PM IST

It is an earnest  request to Town Planing Minister  and NGPDA to restore  the hill slopes before finalizing the settlement areas, as Goa has thousands of square metres of sloping hills and has many forest areas and fruit trees. Similarly contour  layout (land with more than 25 degree slope) is also not suitable for construction development.  So the former Manohar Parrikar government had declared that area as a Non-Development Zones (NDZ) in the Regional plan.  So how are  those  parts variable in ODP?  Due to frequent Tenancy Act amendments, hill land cases are pending before various courts and tenancy cases are referred to civil and district courts and again to the offices of Deputy collectors and Mamlatdars, resulting in delays.  This benefit is being taken by some to change the orchard areas, mainly the hilly areas into settlement zones. We hope that the government will maintain a balance with nature.




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