Move to convert Sarzora’s eco-fragile land dropped

JOAO SOUSA M | NT
SARZORA

Villagers of Sarzora have a reason to smile as the Town and Country Planning Board has dropped the proposed conversion of 28,000 square metre of low-lying fields and orchard land at an ecologically sensitive area.
The gram sabha of the Sarzora panchayat had adopted a resolution opposing the conversion of 28000 sq.mt of low-lying fields and orchard land.
The TCP Board at its meeting has decided to withdraw the provisional no-objection certificate granted to a Delhi-based land promoter.
Villagers’ objections on the proposed land conversion had subsequently been sent to the town and country planning department.
Speaking to ‘The Navhind Times’, TCP Board member and Velim MLA Filipe Nery Rodrigues thanked the board chairman for deciding to withdraw the temporary NoC granted for the controversial land conversion.
The TCP Board decision came after Rodrigues had presented a report before the board.
The Velim MLA said that he had brought to the notice of the board chairman that the land in question is a low-lying land coming under catchment area, and the people had opposed the land conversion for a long time.
Replying to a question whether the board had carried out any inspection of the particular land before deciding to revoke the provisional NoC, he said that there was no need for an inspection.
“As a board member, I put up my say on the proposed conversion. My say was accepted by other members and the chairman,” Rodrigues explained.
Sarzora sarpanch Sabita Mascarenhas welcomed the decision, saying that the voice of the people has been heard and respected.
She thanked the TCP Board and the Velim MLA for taking up the issue of the people of Sarzora.
The villagers had strongly opposed the land conversion, asserting that any development in the low-lying areas would cause large-scale damages not just in Sarzora but around surrounding villages as well, as the catchment area eventually channelises rainwater into the Sal.
The villagers have expressed their happiness over the TCP Board’s decision to abandon the land conversion in Sarzora.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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