Thursday, March 4, 2010

Regional Plan 2021 in Six months: Goa CM

Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat on March 4 2010 declared to the delegation of Goa Bachao Abhiyan (GBA) that the Goa Regional Plan 2021 will be declared within next six months. He was speaking to the delegation that consisted of number of people including Miguel Braganza, Durgadas Gaonkar GAKUVED President, Dr. Oscar Rebello, Dr. Claude Alvares, Dr. Sabina Martins and few other village representatives at his official residence in Altinho, Panjim. Chief town planner Mr. Morad Ahmad was also present at the meeting.

Earlier in the afternoon various groups from across the State of Goa assembled in front of the Town and Country Planning department, Panjim and called on Chief Town Planner Mr. Morad Ahmad. Delegation sought to know as to why the Regional Plan 2021 is not declared so far and when it is going to be declared. Since the delegates did not receive satisfactory answers a group of around 200 people marched to the residence of Chief Minister with prior intimation to him. Chief minister however escaped from through the car from his official residence. Protesters got furious at the Chief Minister and squatted on the road in front of the Chief Minister's residence. Chief Minister informed over the phone that he is Margao and would come to Panjim only next day to meet the people, that too on appointment.

Furious crowd declared that they will sleep for the entire night outside the main gate of the Chief Minister's banglow till Chief Minister comes and hears them out. Chief Minister Digambar Kamat finally relented and showed up at his official residence and met up with the delegation waiting to see him and also accepted the demands of declaring the deadline of Regional Plan 2021 as well as freezing permissions for new development projects.

Sebastian Rodrigues

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