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North Indians misused Goa land laws to build farmhouses: Minister

IANS  |  Panaji 

North Indian investors used a loophole to convert small tracts of land in to build farmhouses where no farms exist in reality, Goa's Town and said on Friday.

said that the state was planning to make green buildings compulsory for major construction projects in the coming months.

"People would take 4000 sq metre plot and build a house there. And I don't want to make a reference to Delhi, but many people incidentally from north had used this facility to have farmhouses by sub-dividing means. Actually, it has nothing to do with the farms," said at a function organised by in the state capital.

"At least around two crore square metres of (orchard) land was illegally divided into plots for settlement purposes. Now this is causing, if you will (call it) doomsday scenario of ghetto-isation of So, we have prevented this," Sardesai said, adding that the BJP-led coalition government in had managed to up the minimum sub-division area from 4,000 sq metres to 20000 sq metres to avoid misuse of land to fradulently build farmhouses.

Sardesai said that the was committed to keeping Goa green and hence all major construction projects in Goa from next year will have to feature green buildings.

"I am making it compulsory. Compulsory means nobody can escape it. You have to go green, otherwise you do not get to build. As simple as that. And this is not for the common man. This is only for projects. You (builders) either follow this way, or you do not come to Goa," Sardesai said.

--IANS

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First Published: Fri, October 05 2018. 21:50 IST
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