Panaji: Goa Congress on Friday said that the
regional plan (RP) for all the constituencies in the state
would be ready by mid-next year.
Goa Pradesh Congress Committee President Subhash
Shirodkar, hailing the decision to declare regional plan for
two talukas Canacona and Pernem, said plans in the rest of
talukas would be notified by mid-2011.
Shirodkar said the regional plan would put to rest all
the suspicion surrounding the land use pattern in the state.
Goa-based activists had protested against RP 2011 forcing
the state government to form an expert`s committee which
drafted RP 2021.
The land use plan protects all the eco sensitive areas
while suggesting the developmental pattern for this smallest
The State Congress Chief said that with the new RP, 70
per cent of the landmass in the state would be protected from
"People buying flats in Goa skyrocketing the real estate
rates would also be discouraged, as they will be taxed, if
they leave house unutilized," he said.
Shirodkar said local panchayats and police stations would
be entasked to list such dwellings.
Congress party also supported the current alignment of
national highway expansion in the state.
Out of the total 150 kilometres long stretch only 15
kilometres would be affected with the widening, Shirodkar
"The state government will rehabilitate the displaced
houses and pay them compensation as per market rates," he
The national highway expansion has been opposed by
locals, claiming that the alignment can be altered to save the
houses from being demolished.