Multifamily dwellings in Goa can now have dedicated space to treat cardiac emergencies

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Panaji: In a landmark decision, Goa government has decided to consider providing space in the multifamily dwellings for setting up of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), which can treat emergency cardiac cases.

The Town and Country Planning Board chaired by its Minister Vishwajit Rane on Thursday (Sept 21) decided that considering the rising number of cases of sudden cardiac and other emergencies, the spaces should be provided in the multifamily dwelling units for Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs).

“Necessary instructions have been given to branch offices and Planning and Development Authorities (PDAs) to include this provision when granting permission for projects,” Rane told reporters after the meeting.

An automated external defibrillator or automatic electronic defibrillator (AED) is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the life-threatening cardiac issues.

Poriem MLA Dr Deviya Rane, Chief Town Planner Rajesh Naik and others including President of Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry Srinivas Dempo were present for the meeting.

Rane said that the TCP Board meeting also decided that all the buildings and properties in housing societies over twenty years needing redevelopment will be given exemptions with increased FAR and height; uniform across the state as per the decisions taken by the board.

“This policy will benefit the people of Goa and improve their quality of life,” he added.

He said that the Goa government, particularly the TCP department, is acutely aware of the concerns of unit holders and flat owners in aged cooperative societies and buildings, many of which are over two decades old.

“These buildings often seek redevelopment to safeguard the interests of their residents. To facilitate and protect these unit and flat owners, the Department has made a significant policy decision rooted in their welfare,” he said.

Rane said that this decision allows for redevelopment with certain exemptions within the bounds of the law, including increases in FAR and height.

“This policy decision aligns with the desires of numerous cooperative societies, old flat owners, and unit holders,” he added.

The minister said that it will be uniformly applicable across the state, in accordance with board resolutions. “Ultimately, this policy will benefit Goans who own aged flats and units in older buildings, which require and justify redevelopment,” he added.

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