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35 complaints received through email: Rane

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Staff Reporter

Panaji

Within hours of launch of an online platform by the Town and Country Planning (TCP) and Forest Minister, Vishwajit Rane, the email address shared by him has received 35 complaints from the public regarding violations and illegalities related to land conversions in the state.

Stating that the people of Goa have shown great confidence in the government, Rane said that within a day of sharing the email address for reporting the illegalities, the email inbox has received 35 complaints.

“The complaints received have been successfully forwarded to the respective departments – the Town and Country Planning and Forest – by our office so that necessary action can be initiated,” he said.

Urging people to continue reporting such illegalities related to land matters, Rane said, “I am grateful and appreciative that our people have confidence in us which has given us the required boost to take prompt action to safeguard the interests of our beautiful landscapes and the people of Goa.”

It may be noted that observations with regard to gross violations and illegalities in the Outline Development Plans (ODPs) of Calangute-Candolim and Arpora-Nagoa-Parra were made.

Following this, the Town and Country Planning Department had constituted a committee headed by the Chief Town Planner to examine the process adopted in drafting the ODPs of Calangute-Candolim, Arpora-Nagoa-Parra and Vasco. The committee recently submitted its report to the Town and Country Planning Board, which has observed various violations in the drafting of these ODPs.

The TCP Minister had claimed that people even received calls asking them to sell their properties and that if they refused to do so, they were being threatened saying their properties, which were as settlement in the Regional Plan 2021 would be converted into orchards and no-development zones. He had also said many of such cases have occurred in the state.