PANAJI: The town and country planning (TCP) department has notified 29 applications for change of zone in the Regional Plan 2021 under Section 16B. Of the 29 applications, five have been deferred and the rest have received in-principle approval.

Except for two instances, all the applications for change of zone sought reclassification of eco-sensitive zones as settlement zones. The two exceptions were for deletion of a 10-metre-wide road and conversion of orchard land in a no-development zone to an industrial plot.

The minimum size of the land parcels was 225sqm while the maximum plot size that was sought to be converted was 1.9 lakh sqm in Bicholim.

The applications will be sent to the agriculture department and forest department for scrutiny and approval while interested stakeholders have two months to submit their objections or suggestions. Copies of the maps and other details have been kept open for inspection at the TCP department’s office at Panaji for two months.

“The TCP board, in its 172nd meeting held on December 23, has considered the said requests and proposals and the report of the chief town planner (Planning) and has given its recommendations,” said chief town planner Rajesh Naik in the notification. “The TCP board directed the chief town planner to publish the proposal under Section 13(1) of the TCP Act and to obtain comments from agriculture department and forest department.”

The notification further said that all objections and suggestions should be forwarded to the chief town planner within two months of the notification.



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