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Goa govt objects to circular mandating NoC for construction

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

The government has strongly objected to the Civil Aviation Ministry's circular, which makes it mandatory for people living within 20 kms of airport to obtain a (NoC) from the for any kind of construction activity.

Goa's Town and Vijai Sardesai Friday said he would take up the issue with Civil Aviation

Following the ministry's circular, South District had issued an order in November last year making it mandatory to get an NoC from the naval authorities for constructions around airport, located inside

Talking to reporters here, Sardesai said the matter came up for discussion during the Town and Country Planning Board's meeting held on Friday.

"We have received a from South Goa saying that 20 kms from the aerodrome anything that is constructed or erected...even a tree planted, should come with an NoC from the naval authorities," Sardesai said.

"I am aghast that this kind of can be issued," he said adding that the board has taken a strong objection to the circular, which will affect a major part of Goa.

"South Goa has fallen prey to the tactics of the naval authorities and has issued the This is a serious issue," he said.

"We are not going to agree to anything of this sort. I also going to take this up with because this is an issue of Goa's identity as a state," the minister said.

"Goa is not a naval enclave. It is not the case that the Portuguese have gone and the has come to Goa," he added.

Sardesai pointed out that in April 2018, the Bombay High Court had cleared height restrictions for

"The height restriction in is 300 metres. In Goa, the maximum height is 24 metres. If they are clearing 300 metres in Mumbai, what is the issue in Goa? We are condemning this," he said referring to the circular.

The circular issued by the collector says, "With respect to airport (Goa airport) which is a defence airport, it is to be noted that, haphazard development is taking place around it due to the absence of clarity with respect to the colour-coded maps and adherence by local authority or municipality to ensure that restrictions are adhered to."

"In order to ensure safety and as a measure of is necessary that as an initial step for all the areas/villages in Mormugao taluka, in the event that conversion cases are considered, NoC from the Naval Authorities is to be obtained and any conditions given by the Naval authorities are to be incorporated," the circular reads.

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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 20:50 IST