Heritage sites to have buffer zone; TCP Board resolves

Goemkarponn desk

PANAJI: TCP Minister Vishwajit Rane said that all heritage sites as mentioned in the regulations shall be earmarked on Regional Plan, and a development control line/regulated area around these monuments, as prescribed under various provisions of law, shall now be marked on the RPG-2021 for clarity purpose.
Rane chaired the TCP Board meeting in the presence of all the Board members to review the status report on the work initiated by the committee constituted to review and examine ODPs. During the meeting, we took several decisions, which are as follows.
“All heritage sites as mentioned in the regulations shall be earmarked on Regional Plan and a development control line/regulated area around these monuments as prescribed under various provisions of law, shall now be marked on the RPG-2021 for clarity purpose,” said Rane.
He further said that there are several properties for which zones are not earmarked due to cartographical errors, and the same shall be corrected by assigning proper zones. A proper study of these properties shall be conducted for the purpose.
The Board has decided that the ODPs of Panaji, Mapusa, Kadamba Plateau & Mormugao shall now be prepared by the TCP Department. The Board will exercise these powers as exercised by the PDA as provided under Section 33 of the TCP Act.
“As regards to suspended ODPs of Calangute, Candolim, Parra-Arpora-Nagao and Mormugao, final decision shall be taken within 10 days, i.e. after receipt of the review committee; A report will be sought from Mormugao PDA regarding the issue of change in zones affected for Zuari Agro Chemicals Ltd after that necessary action will be initiated,” he added.
The Minister said that transferable Development Rights (TDR) benefits shall be given for the properties classified as Private Forest and low-lying areas. “Receiving areas” shall accordingly be identified, and guidelines/criteria shall be framed by the sub-committee of the Board to designate such Receiving Areas.
“GLDBCR-2010 shall be amended to revise the regulations prescribed for auditing of buildings post-occupancy, and the time limit to conduct such audit shall be extended for more than 5 years. These powers are now vested with local authorities only, and the same powers shall now also be given to TCP Dept./PDAs for effective implementation,” he added.
The Minister also informed that parking regulations shall be revised to encourage additional parking provisions by exempting additional stilt floors from the FAR calculation. At present, only one floor is exempted from the FAR calculation, which shall now be changed to two stilt floors. The maximum height of the building shall also be relaxed to accommodate such an additional stilt parking floor.
Meanwhile, TCP said that the provision of amenities such as toilets, rest room, etc., shall now be made compulsory for housing projects for the benefit of security personnel, drivers, etc., and administrative directions in this regard are already issued to the Department.

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