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TCP panel submits report on allegations by Goencho Avaaz




A five-member expert committee, which was constituted by town and country planning department to inquire into allegations made by Goencho Avaaz, an NGO comprising of civil society members, over illegal conversions of land by politicians, submitted its report to the government on Thursday.

The speakers of Goencho Avaaz at a public meeting in Margao on April 27 had named 14 politicians alleging their involvement in illegal conversions of land in the state.

Taking cognisance of the allegations, Town and Country Planning Minister Vijai Sardesai had decided to appoint a panel of experts comprising of Venancio Fernandes, a member of Institute of Town Planners, India, Ernesto Moniz, a member of Indian Institute of Engineering, India, Paresh Gaitonde, a member of Indian Institute of Architects, Goa chapter chairman, Manguesh Prabhugaonkar and Chief Town Planner, Rajesh Naik. The committee was constituted to operationalise Goa Regional Plan 2021.

Later, the committee had issued notices to the concerned speakers and NGO seeking details on the charges that they had made during the public meeting. However, the NGO refused to submit any details and make formal complaint about the allegations that were made and suggested to the TCP department to conduct an inquiry based on objections received by it during rectification process of the regional plan.

On Thursday, the committee submitted its report to the secretary of town and country planning. Sources said that the secretary will send the report to the TCP Minister. It is learnt that the committee has stated in its report that it could not proceed on inquiry into charges of illegal conversions of land allegedly by politicians. It has further suggested necessary action be taken by the government.

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