2 Eco Resorts held back in Canacona

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 06 April 2013 11:46 IST

A file photo of Eco Resort

The BJP government has held up two eco-resort projects in Loliem village of Canacona taluka, though they were approved by the erstwhile Congress government in 2011.

Chief minister Manohar Parrikar said two among the four projects have been held up by the government even after Town and Country Planning Board had approved it in 2011, during Congress regime.

The issue was raised by Valpoi MLA Vishwajeet Rane, who was alleged to have been involved in getting the land converted in Canacona through the controversial RPG11, which was later scrapped.

The Terekhol project is a Resort-cum-Golf Course in Pernem, which is still being opposed by a group of villagers.

Though the Leading Hotels Ltd has acquired here land of 9.90 lakh sq mts, the Board, as per the guidelines of RPG21, has allowed constructing only in the land of 40,000 sq mts, besides 9800 sq mts for community facilities like garbage management and disaster management.

The other three projects – all called Eco Resorts - are in one village of Loliem, the southernmost village on Goa-Karnataka border in Canacona.

The biggest area among it is 10 lakh sq mts owned by Gold Resorts & Hotels, for which no approval has been conveyed by the government so far.

“The technical sub-committee is still studying the matter though the Board meeting in November 2011 had approved it”, said Parrikar.

The owners cannot construct anything here beyond 40,000 sq mts, he said.

Similar is the case of another eco-resort project by RDMK Real Estate, having land of 2.50 lakh sq mts, but allowed to construct only in the land of 20,000 sq mts.

The approval however has been granted to yet another eco-resort by Ardent Infrastructure & Developers Pvt Ltd.

It has acquired area of 2.80 lakh sq mts, but the construction area allowed is only 26,000 sq mts.

Parrikar also made it clear that the resort can have maximum 10 per cent FAR and no construction can be done on a slope or in an eco-sensitive zone. Low height is a must. 

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