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Vijai Sardesai writes to UNESCO over threats to Old Goa Complex of urbanization

Panjim: Goa Forward Party (GFP) President and former Deputy Chief Minister Vijay Sardesai has written to UNESCO saying 17th century old Old Goa Complex, a UNESCO heritage site, was facing threat of encroachment of its boundaries by real estate developers in view of a recent move by an urban planning and development authority.

In a letter, written to UNESCO Director Mechtild Rossier, Mr Sardesai has said that the church located in Ela village near the capital city of Panaji could face prospects of high rise buildings in its close proximity, if the Goa Government approved incorporation of the village in Grater Panaji Planning and Development Authority.

”On November 20, I was alerted and alarmed to learn that Goa Government had decided to place Ela village under Greater Panaji Planning and Development Authority (GPPDA). This is a brazen act of poaching and encroachment of boundaries determined by the UNESCO in 1986. Under these provisions the Government of Goa could allow building heights to reach 30 meters in various commercial zones as against nine meter height restriction currently allowed,” he said.

In the letter, Sardesai, who had also held portfolio of Town and Country Planning (TCP), has urged the international body to stand united with the people of Goa.

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