Not just the timing, even the credibility of some of those who are members on this panel is dubious.
The government has reconstituted a committee to study development proposals related to construction, sub-divisions, and conversion of land use in forest, be it notified or earmarked as private forest and in other eco-sensitive zones.
The committee, initially constituted in 2010, will be headed by secretary, town and country planning (TCP) department as chairman, with MLA Nilesh Cabral, Sandeep Falari, Jagannath (Desh) Prabhudesai as members and senior town planner, south/north as convenors.
As per the official notification, the development proposals in land under land revenue code related to notified forests, areas identified as private forests by Karapurkar and Sawant committees, sloping land with a gradient of more than 25%, mangroves areas, water bodies and low lying cultivated paddy fields.
S T Puttaraju, chief town planner, TCP calmed the doubts about the timing of the committee stating that it is an old one and has been reconstituted.
“It has been reconstituted to examine areas which have been marked settlement and study cases referred by TCP where land is shown as developable (settlement/industrial zone) in Regional Plan for Goa, which is in force,” he said.