PANAJI: Town and Country Planning (TCP) Minister Vishwajit Rane said that the entire one-kilometre stretch of slope on Kadamba Plateau, where the alleged illegal hill cutting is underway, would be declared as a No Development Zone.
Minister Rane, along with TCP officials, inspected the construction site by Mangalam company where the alleged hill cutting is currently underway.
“The entire one-kilometre stretch of slope on Kadamba Plateau, where the alleged illegal hill cutting is underway, would be declared as No Development Zone; TCP had already issued a stop work order,” said Rane.
He further said that the proposal would be placed before the TCP Board for decision.
“I have Inspected the construction site by Mangalam company, who have violated all the permissions granted by the North Goa Planning and Development Authority. They have violated the law completely, and a show cause notice and stop work order have been issued,” he added.
In addition, Rane said because it has caused significant damage, we will be moving a file for revoking all licenses, and strict action has been initiated within the purview of the law.
The Minister informed that Section 17A of the Goa Town & Country Planning Act prohibits hill cutting and filling up of low-lying land and that the department only grants permission for hill cutting if the gradient is more than 1:10.
Rane said that the construction firm should not approach him for any leniency.
Advocate Aires Rodrigues had pointed out massive illegal hill cutting going on at Ribandar on Kadamba Road behind V2 Mall.