Complaint filed against Goa CM, others, over eco-tourism zones

A group of social activists lodged a police complaint against Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat and others accusing them of cheating and criminal misconduct for introducing eco-tourism hubs or zones in the development plan.

Last Updated: Jan 21, 2011, 21:10 PM IST

Panaji: A group of social activists on Friday
lodged a police complaint against Goa Chief Minister Digambar
Kamat, architect Charles Correa, and others accusing them of
cheating and criminal misconduct for introducing eco-tourism
hubs or zones in the development plan.

The `Village Groups of Goa` filed the complaint against
state level committee (SLC) headed by Kamat, which notified
`Regional Plan 2021` recently. Correa is a member of SLC.

The plan creates eco-tourism zones, which the activists
find objectionable.

"The draft regional plan framed by the government Task
Force never spoke about these eco-tourism hubs. Suddenly, the
SLC has included it in the notification," Yatish Naik, legal
adviser to Pilerne Citizens Forum, told reporters here.

The complaint also names town and country planning
department secretary T M Balakrishnan, Industries director
Sanjit Rodrigues, Director of Municipal Administration Daulat
Hawaldar, Chief town planner Morad Ahmad, Senior town planner
S T Putturaju, Director of Panchayat Menino D`Souza and task
force members - Rahul Deshpande, Dean D`Cruz and Bryan Soares.

Naik said that the documents obtained under Right to
Information Act make it clear that these zones were neither
recommended by panchayats nor by the Task Force.

"Even the Task Force did not speak about these zones,"
he said, adding that they were included to help the builders.

"These zones were created at the places where the lands
have been already purchased by big companies," Naik said.

This amounts to cheating and criminal misconduct, the
complaint said.

Panaji police said the complaint would be forwarded to
senior officers for further action.

PTI