In a democracy it is the will of the people that should always prevail. The
Town & Country Planning Minister Vijai Sardesai should immediately scrap
the entire newly formed needless Greater Panaji Planning and Development
Authority and lay to rest the issue which has rightly been agitated by
concerned citizens. It is no secret that this new PDA was created by Chief
Minister Manohar Parrikar out of political expediency only to reward and
accommodate Babush Monseratte. With Vijai Sardesai having now agreed to
exclude all villages Kadamba Plateau should also go. What remains is
Taleigao and it would be prudent to allow the locals through a Gram Sabha
to decide their way ahead. The Taleigao BJP Block has already strongly
opposed the inclusion into the PDA.



The people rightly have serious apprehensions about the Chairman of the
Greater Panaji PDA. Babush Monserratte in January 2005 was stripped of the
Town & Country Planning portfolio by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar for
having committed large scale and rampant illegalities in conversion of
land. Later due to his very controversial Regional Plan 2011 which led to a
huge uproar and public outrage, Babush Monserratte in January 2007 was
forced to resign as Town & Country Planning Minister.

Babush Monserratte has also committed very serious criminal offences
involving moral turpitude and stands charge sheeted by the CBI in the
Panaji Police Station storming case while the alleged rape case against him
is also pending probe before the Crime Branch. Besides his deep rooted
links with the land mafia, Babush Monserratte has huge land banks within
the jurisdiction of this newly Greater Panaji PDA. We cannot allow the
accelerated destruction and devastation of the remaining hills and fields
in these villages.



On the vexed issue of the Regional Plan it would be prudent for Vijai
Sardesai to constitute a five member committee of reputed expert Planners
to advise the government on the way forward.



The Town and Country Planning Minister should also consider undoing his
very flawed decision of appointing three Chief Town Planners for our State.
To ensure administrative efficiency and accountability it is imperative
that every department has one head. Two Deputy Chief Town Planners could
have been appointed one for the North and the other for the South.



I would like to remind Vijai Sardesai that our body organs can be
transplanted but the damage being done to our pristine hills and fields is
irreversible. Our invaluable heritage on the Kadamba Plateau is being
crushed right under his eyes.



Vijai Sardesai needs to rise to the occasion and act as a Statesman
otherwise he may never be forgiven for having willfully abandoned Goem,
Goenkar and Goenkarponn. Over to you Vijai bab.



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