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Coastal villages seek massive land conversion


01 April 2010

Paul Fernandes, Panaji:

Proposals for conversion of 675 hectares (33%) of Mandrem’s 2,031 hectares from settlement zone to other purposes may be just the tip of the iceberg as other coastal villages of Pernem also want large tracts, even in no development zones, converted, say town planners.

“Vast areas of the eco-fragile zone and CRZ areas are being sought to be converted. In some areas, villagers have not been able to take a sizeable chunk of the tourism cake and they need some development, but it has to be regulated,” a source in the town and country planning department said.

Morjim, where development of coastal stretches in terms of hotels has not been much, has proposed conversion of 200 hectares (10 hectares of this being eco-sensitive land) of a total area of 874 hectares. “Morjim has a population of more than 11,000 and it is important that tourism activities be expanded in this area,” Morjim sarpanch Arjun Shetgaonkar says.

“This regional plan is up to 2021 and within a time frame of 11 years, this development is adequate.” Villagers feel tourism has developed the local economy, but not like in other coastal villages like Calangute.