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Cabinet approves amendments to TCP Act

Panjim: A crucial amendment to the Town and Country Planning (TCP) Act to allow the government to consider applications for zonal changes that are in public interest on a case-to-case basis and bringing in Transferable Development Rights (TDR) in two phases – short term and for longer perspective – will be introduced during the monsoon session of the State Legislative Assembly, beginning July 19.

The amendments, which were approved by the State Cabinet, also speak of accommodation reservation, which is an urban planning tool for the development of public reservations or utilities without land acquisition.
Addressing media persons after the cabinet meeting, TCP Minister Vijai Sardesai said the department is introducing Section 16B to the Act. “In a bid to take up zonal changes on case-to-case basis, the existing Act had no provision and hence, the Law Department opined that we should go for amendment,” he said.

Sardesai said that with the Regional Plan 2021 being put in operation, the department has been receiving complaints of arbitrary zonal changes in the land use plan. “The land, which was marked as settlement in 2001, is now shown as orchard. Also some new roads are shown. We have to go through all this,” he said, adding that all the issues were discussed on the floor of the House and accordingly, the decision was taken to go for case-to-case zonal change.

“In this RP 21 there is injustice in the name of rationalisation,” he said, refusing to speak anything on the RP 21 controversy stating ‘the fate of RP21 will be decided by the House’.

Further, the Minister spoke on introducing three new definitions – accommodation reservation, TDR for short term and TDR for posterity.
Under accommodation reservation, the Minister said that the real estate builder will be given additional floor area ratio (FAR) in exchange of developing government amenities. “It is very difficult to go for land acquisition in the current scenario. Hence, it is essential to go for accommodation reservation policy, which will be a win-win situation,” Sardesai said.

TDR is a concept to allow land or property owners to sell development rights to a builder or others, where they can construct high rise buildings with extra FAR in special cases. It also aims to protect eco-sensitive zones and create exchange of developmental rights, Sardesai said.

“Basically we are thinking of providing incentives to conserve our heritage and greenery,” he added. [H]

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