Panaji: The Town and Country Planning (TCP) Board today approved the outline development plan (ODP) for calangute- Candolim planning area.
The Board chaired by Minister Vijai Sardesai also considered the land use plan and land use register for Margao, Ponda, Baga-Arpora planning and development areas. It also approved the land use plan and Register and draft ODP for Taleigao covering Greater Panjim Planning and Development Area (GPPDA), which will be kept open for public suggestions
Addressing media persons post meeting, Sardesai said that the Board has approved Calangute-Candolim ODP and will be sent to Government for final approval. He said that the plan was pending since 2015.
“However, at the time of government approval, we will consider some changes in the plan considering the eco-sensitive areas,” he said adding that he has raised strong objection to allowing development in salt pans, which are most eco-sensitive zones.
Minister said that the government will also examine the objections and suggestions placed forth by the locals and activists. “But by and large their demand is that they don’t want Calangute-Candolim planning and development area (PDA) but that cannot be accepted,” he stated