Baga will now be included in planning development area

Sub-committee was also constituted to suggest the nature of commercial activities to be permitted in settlement zones as commercial establishments in residential areas can be a source of inconvenience to residents. For example a cement godown in a residential area results in pollution hazards to residents.

Another task assigned to the sub-committee, D’Souza said, was to make recommendations in the case of an applicant approaching TCP with a plan to build a house that lacked an access road, a typical situation for many in Goa. Many tenants have narrow access paths passing through the landlord’s property.

The TCP board also decided to allow industries to use a certain per cent of open spaces in industrial estates. Puttaraju clarified that this was not to be taken as blanket permission. The decision, he said, would be taken for each industrial estate independently, and that today’s was only a policy decision.

It was also decided that Baga, which formed part of the Arpora village panchayat, will now be included in planning development area (PDA). The resolution to the effect was taken by the panchayat.