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Panaji: Goencho Avaaz today advised Town and Country Planning (TCP) department to immediately stay the operation of Regional Plan 2021 and initiate criminal action against all those involved in illegal conversion of land and so also granting permission for the same.  

Goencho Avaaz, that had exposed names of 14 politicians for their alleged involvement into illegal land conversions during a meeting at Lohia Maidan on April 27, was issued notice by the five-member expert committee of TCP, constituted to inquiry into the allegation.  The NGO today submitted its reply to the committee member Chief Town Planner Rajesh Naik.

In their series of demand, Geoncho Avaaz has asked TCP to immediately put a stay on the operation of RP 21 and to ensure that restrictions of both RP 2001 and RP 21 are in force.

“To carry out review of the RP 21 flawed processes and procedural lapses based on your own records in order to ensure that RP 2031 preparation in according to the wishes of the people and the statutory and constitutional mandate, including data collection and analyses, grass root participation and preparation of the plan at the gram sabha level,” Co-convenor Capt VHM Fernandes said.

It has also demanded criminal action against the violators of law and those responsible for putting in operation RP 21 via a order dated March 28, 2018. It has demanded that the permissions granted post March 28 should be cancelled.

Speaking to reporters, Fernandes said that CTP has assured to investigate into the complaint and has urged them to cooperate. “If the department fails to investigate, we will file criminal complaint against those involved in illegal conversions and also those who granted permission for the same,” he threatened.

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