Environmental concern and food security were the prime concerns while preparing the Regional Plan for the villagers of Cavorim-Chandor and Gurdolim, asserted Senior Town Planner S.P. Puttaraju on Monday during consultation with the village committees of Cavorim-Chandor and Guirdolim constituted to prepare Regional Plan 2021 for the villagers.
At the marathon meeting that lasted for nearly two and half hours, Puttaraju explained the logic and nuances of the policy of Regional Plan 2021 which already come in force in the state of Goa.
He explained the micro-industrial zones concept which found favour with the representatives of the two villages.
He also touched upon the disaster management side, garbage management side and other infrastructure services that could be incorporated in the plan in addition to what the village committees had recommended.
Puttaraju also explained to the delegates the reasons why the committee may have rejected the recommendations of the village committee.
Addressing specific concern, he assured the villagers of Guirdolim that the mistake of showing the irrigation canal as the major district road in the draft Regional Plan will be rectified.
He assured the villagers of Cavorim-Chandor that all land within 10 meters of any water body will be no development zone which includes river banks.
As far as the archaeological site is concerned, he assured that additional area will not be brought under it and expressed inability to remove the archeological site as it was beyond his mandate.
While revealing that the land use map of Salcete taluka will be the last to be taken up due to its size, he appealed to the delegation to identify areas for the disaster management sites and the micro-industrial zone sites.
This interaction was organized by local MLA Joaquim Alemao after both the villages had strongly demanded for it when he had visited the two villages in the month of November last year to listen to public grievances.
Jose Antao, Sarpanch of Guirdolim; alongwith two other panchas , Susan Dias, acting sarpanch of Cavorim Chandor, alongwith four panchas ; members of the village committee, many of whom are members of the NGO Ganv Bhavacho Ekvott, represented the villagers at the interaction.