Goa government regularises 13,000 illegal homes in orchard lands – ET RealEstate

PANAJI: The state cabinet on Monday approved an amendment to the Goa Regulation of Unauthorised Construction Act, 2016, which will now facilitate the regularisation of unauthorised constructions in orchard and cultivable land which fall under eco-sensitive zone-II.

With this decision around 13,000 houses would be regularised across the state. The bill will be introduced in the upcoming assembly session.

Speaking to reporters, chief minister Pramod Sawant said that since these houses were constructed in orchard and agriculture land, and fell in the eco-sensitive zone-II areas, the government was not in a position to regularise such houses earlier. “To regularise such houses, we have removed orchard and cultivable lands from eco-senstive zone-II and we have given the green signal to regularise such houses. Around 13,000 files are pending and this will be cleared. This act would be people-friendly,” he said.

Any person who carried out such unauthorised constructions before February 28, 2014 were eligible to apply for regularisation of the unauthorised structure. The government had twice extended the last date to receive applications.

Earlier unauthorised constructions that fell within the limits of protected forests, wildlife sanctuaries, areas covered under the coastal regulation zone (CRZ), no-development zone, open spaces, public land, areas declared eco-sensitive zones, khazan land and those that obstructed natural water channels were not considered for legalisation.

Sawant said that the second cabinet decision is to remove the fee to be paid by various government departments to obtain conversion sanads to take up development work. He also said that it has come to the government’s notice that due to the delay in paying conversion fees, projects were getting delayed and with this decision, projects now can be fast-tracked. “Without paying the conversion fee, departments will get permissions to take up projects,” Sawant said.



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