Alleging that the Town and Country Planning (TCP) department was intending to destroy the UNESCO world heritage site of Old Goa by creating a separate ‘Old Goa city’ by extending the boundary of Greater Panaji PDA till 100 metres in close vicinity of the heritage site, former TCP minister and incumbent Fatorda legislator Vijai Sardesai on Tuesday demanded that the TCP Minister should maintain the old boundaries without any extension and come out with a statement before the feast of St Francis Xavier.
Addressing the media, Sardesai, chief of Goa Forward Party (GFP), alleged that Pramod Sawant-led BJP government was set to destroy Goa and its world famous heritage site of Old Goa.
“I have gathered that during the November 20 TCP board meeting, the government has decided to include Ella village of Old Goa under Greater Panaji PDA. If Old Goa village is included in the PDA, the permissible building height will be about 30 metres in various commercial zones as against the 9-metre height restriction currently allowed in panchayat areas under the RP,” he noted, further alleging nearly Rs 1,000-crore scam.
GFP strongly demanded that the government should maintain the status quo and not extend the boundary of the Greater Panaji PDA to create a separate Old Goa city for the benefit of “Delhikars” who have brought properties in the area.
He also pointed out that the proposed extension has no technical support and, therefore, it has to be immediately withdrawn.
Sardesai demanded that the TCP Minister Chandrakant ‘Babu’ Kavlekar should come clear on the issue before the feast of St Francis Xavier.
Commenting on the double tracking issue, Sardesai came down heavily on the DGP for expressing his personal opinion on those protesting against the project and the government.
“The DGP has no constitutional right to comment on any project. He is not an elected representative,” Sardesai stated.