The Goa Legislative Assembly’s House Committee in its report submitted to the Assembly has recommended the immediate demolition of the illegal construction carried out by Sai Arnav Developers in Camurlim village and further directed the government to fix responsibility for the lapses committed by officials of Town and Country Planning (TCP) officials.
The order comes following a petition filed before the committee by Sanjeev Raiturker, General Secretary of Citizens’ Welfare Committee after his efforts to get the illegal work at Camurlim stopped by the concerned department.
M/s Sai Arnav Developers is a company floated by Narayan Rane the former chief minister of Maharashtra and the four wheeler showroom constructed at Camurlim was inaugurated by Chief Minister Digambar Kamat on 26th January this year in the presence of Narayan Rane who is now the Industries Minister in the government of Maharashtra.
Following complaints from the CWC the Vigilance Department in August 2009, had asked the TCP to revoke the license issued to Sai Arnav Developers. The Vigilance Department observed that the promoters had extended their development beyond the permitted area and encroached upon 76 square metres of restricted orchard zone.
However, four months later, in December 2009, the Chief Town Planner approved purportedly ‘revised’ plans submitted by the developers, which plans were nothing but the same ones based on which the earlier order of cancellation was issued.
As no action was forthcoming after various complaints to Vigilance Department and even the Chief Secretary, CWC approached the Committee on Petitions which took up the matter.
The Committee on Petitions heard the Secretary TCP, Secretary Panchayat, Secretary Vigilance, Chief Town Planner; Directors of Panchayat, Vigilance, Sarpanch and Secretary of Camurlim Village and pointed out three major anomalies being:
a) Revised plan was approved without approving amalgamation plan;
b) Builder was permitted to construct only up to a depth of about 24 metres;
c) Conversion sanad mentions that the converted area is 7,423 square metres while the area purchased by the party was only 5, 333 square metres;
The Committee directed the officials to stop all further work and as the petitioned pointed out that this order was being violated a site inspection was held on 6th July 2010 wherein it was found that various constructions were carried out in the property and that illegal hill cutting was undertaken in an area of about 26 metres.
Taking serious note of these illegalities and also the fact that the TCP officials had approved the revised plans on the same conversion sanad where irregularities were pointed out earlier, the Committee on Petitions has endorsed the Chief Minister’s earlier noting to fix responsibility for these lapses.
Besides, it has also asked the government to demolish the illegal construction carried out beyond the settlement zone by the company.