Four members of the Parra gram sabha petitioned the court seeking that a notification dated January 25, 2018 — which declared Parra as a planning area and brought it under the jurisdiction of NGPDA — be set aside.
Following the decision to include Parra as a planning area, the NGPDA embarked on formulating the outline development plan for the village after publishing the land use register map.
“This action is contrary to the 73rd Constitutional Amendment and to the provisions of the Goa Panchayat Raj Act, 1994, destructive of village level planning and compromises the petitioners’ constitutional rights to plan their own development,” the petition stated.
“Neither the panchayat nor the gram sabha has been consulted about this takeover of the planning powers of the panchayat assigned to it under the Constitution of India,” the petition stated.
“After the 73rd Constitutional Amendment Act ushered panchayati raj into the country and the Goa Panchayati Raj Act 1994, several villages that had been made a part of the planning areas under the TCP Act 1984 were consciously removed by a series of notifications from the jurisdiction of planning areas,” the petition further stated.
The court ordered the petition to be placed on board on December 21.
The petitioners include Claude Alvares, Casmiro Da Cunha, Agnelo Alphonso and Genevieve Saldanha e Fernandes.
They stated that they have participated in several gram sabhas to discuss village land use and development plans, including the notified Regional Plan 2021 and are filing the petition to enforce their constitutional rights to plan their own development which has been recently trampled upon by the inclusion of their village in the planning area of NGPDA.
The court directed notices to be issued to the state of Goa, panchayat of Parra, NGPDA, town and country planning board and director of panchayats.