Goa Bachao Abhiyan Convenor Sabina Martins accused the government of not coming clean over the Regional Plan 2021 and further accused it of not implementing in letter and spirit its claim of taking the plan to the grass roots.
She pointed out that the villages of Pernem and Canacona talukas whose plan have been finalized have not yet received copies of the same and further added that the Town and Country Planning Department created all kinds of hurdles in GBA’s efforts to get a copy of the notified plan and finally had to get it from some other sources.
She also pointed out that the plans were not uploaded on the department’s website and hence access to the same was blocked.
Sabina also questioned the wisdom in dropping the VP-3 status that was provided in the Draft Notification especially since many villages had opted for this classification in order to protect their villages from rapid urbanization.
Besides, she accused the government of making a mockery of people’s aspirations particularly in Mormugao taluka where most of the villages have been placed under the Outline Development Plan of the Mormugao Planning and Development Authority.