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Francis: govt has already initiated process for RP-2021 rectification

PANAJI: Stating that the Regional Plan-2021 is already in force, Deputy Chief Minister Francis D’Souza, on Friday, informed the state legislative assembly through a written reply that the government has already initiated the process of rectification of this Plan, starting from Sattari and Canacona talukas.

“The government has invited comments/ rectifications from general public for a period from December 1, 2015 to January 18, 2016, against which, several comments/ rectifications are received,” the written reply maintained, “Hence consultations with various stakeholders stands completed.”

“The plan will be finalised taluka-wise after considering comments/ rectifications, which is a time-consuming process,” D’Souza added, further pointing out, “No specific time-frame is fixed for the purpose, as comments/ rectifications received are being forwarded to respective taluka offices for their inputs, after conducting necessary site inspections.”

“The State Level Committee shall decide further on comments/ rectifications on receipt of inputs received from the respective taluka offices,” he informed, maintaining that the process of rectifications or corrections to the Regional Plan-2021 is done under Section 17 of the Town and Country Planning Act.

The written reply further stated that as per Section 17 of the Goa Town and Country Planning Act, if the government at any time, after Regional Plan is published in the Official Gazette, is of the opinion that a revision of such Regional Plan is necessary, may direct the Chief Town Planner to undertake revision of Regional Plan.

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