Goa govt says amendment to TCP Act necessary to boost tourism sector

Amid objections being raised over the proposed amendments to an Act in Goa that deals with land development and construction, the government said making changes in the law was necessary to give a boost to the tourism sector that serves as the backbone of the state economy.The Revolutionary Goans Party RGP on Friday held a protest against the proposed amendments to Goa Land Development and Building Construction Amendment Regulations 2022 Act, accusing state Town and Country Planning TCP Minister Vishwajit Rane of taking a unilateral decision to amend the Act, without taking the local people into confidence.


PTI | Panaji | Updated: 24-09-2022 14:18 IST | Created: 24-09-2022 14:18 IST
Goa govt says amendment to TCP Act necessary to boost tourism sector
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Amid objections being raised over the proposed amendments to an Act in Goa that deals with land development and construction, the government said making changes in the law was necessary to give a boost to the tourism sector that serves as the backbone of the state economy.

The Revolutionary Goans Party (RGP) on Friday held a protest against the proposed amendments to Goa Land Development and Building Construction (Amendment) Regulations 2022 Act, accusing state Town and Country Planning (TCP) Minister Vishwajit Rane of taking a unilateral decision to amend the Act, without taking the local people into confidence. RGP chief Manoj Parab said uncontrolled real estate development would lead to a stress on the state's resources. As part of the proposed amendments, the government has decided to give additional Floor Area Ratio (FAR) to three-star hotels, which will help these establishments increase their built-up spaces vertically or horizontally. With this, these hotels can have more rooms and provide more amenities on the available land.

The additional FAR was earlier available only for four and five-star hotels in the state.

FAR is the ratio of a building's total floor area as compared to the size of the land upon which it is built. Referring to the protest by the RGP, minister Rane recalled that years ago, similar agitation was held against five-star hotels.

In a series of tweets and also in a post on Facebook, Rane said, ''As a developing country with progressive governance, we must be aware and practical, because lag will stifle economic growth and progress.'' ''Years ago, a few NGOs took to the streets to protest the entry of 5 star hotels into the state; today, with our main financial backbone mining being shut, these very hotels are keeping the state's finances afloat through tourism,'' he said.

The minister said that tourism is the main driving force of the state's economy, and the projects related to the industry must be encouraged and incentivised.

''As a result, we have decided that the facility of additional Floor Area Ratio (FAR), which is only available to 4 and 5-star hotels, will be extended to 3-star hotels/resorts, which are scattered throughout the state of Goa, facilitating additional accommodation in other parts of the state and generating additional revenue for the state,'' he said.

Rane said that the state government has already introduced TDR (transferrable development rights) policy which provides for transferable development rights for posterity and is intended to preserve natural reserves and resources of the state.

''Additionally, Goa being synonymous with Greenery, through our introduction of Green Certification we are committing to upholding the virtues of natural and sustainable living,'' he said.

Rane said that the state government is here to be open and accessible to the Goans and is willing to listen to new notions and requests from all.

''At the same time it is also important that the government favours reform and plays a big role in improving and progressing the society,'' he added.

Rane said that TCP department's decisions and amendments were put forth publicly and are open for 'Objection Suggestion', where positive suggestions from people, will be acknowledged and acted upon.

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