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Sale, conversion of orchard land will be criminal offence

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PANAJI: Sale and development of orchard land will now be a criminal offence and could soon attract imprisonment of one year, town and country planning (TCP) minister Vijai Sardesai said. Claiming that 20 lakh square metres of land had been illegally converted across Goa, Sardesai stated that an amnesty period was being given to those who had illegally developed land to seek conversion from the board by March 31, 2018. “We are of the opinion that there is a need to amend the Town and Country Planning Act so as to have criminal liability for people who are doing illegal development of orchard land,” he said. “Therefore we are suggesting that the liability for person getting involved in illegal land development of orchard land should be one year simple imprisonment,” the minister said. He said the TCP department…
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