Govt drops proposal to bring Old Goa under planning authority

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Panaji, Dec 1 (PTI) Facing stiff protests from churches and the Opposition, the BJP government in Goa on Tuesday scrapped a proposal seeking inclusion of Old Goa panchayat area into the Greater Panaji Planning and Development Authority (GPPDA).

Issuing a statement, Goa Town and Country Planning Minister Chandrakant Kavlekar said he had also taken into consideration the sentiments expressed by some religious bodies to drop the proposal.

Churches and opposition parties had raised objection to proposed inclusion of Old Goa area into the GPPDA fearing such move will clear the way for highrise buildings to come up in the area dotted with several churches notified as UNESCO heritage sites.

'The Town and Country Planning department has studied in detail the proposal sent by Old Goa village panchayat to include some areas under it in the GPPDA. I have also taken into consideration the sentiments expressed by religious bodies,' the minister stated.

'I have discussed the issue with chief minister Pramod Sawant. In order to maintain the sanctity of shrines, (we) came to the conclusion that the proposal of further extending the Kadamba planning area need to be scrapped. The proposal seeking inclusion of more area under the GPPDA stands dropped,' he added. PTI RPS NSK NSK