A very nice Goanet Reader article from Malini Krishnakutty, titled The plan that awakened Goa: moving from protest to a vision that touches on contemporary (and a lack-of-vision) issues in contemporary Goa.
On January 18, 2007, the Goa government denotified Regional Plan 2011 (for short, referred to as RP 2011). It thus gave in to public opposition to the Plan that had been mounting since its notification in August 2006. This was a significant victory because it awakened people to their surroundings and gave them the feeling that they can influence what happens to their land. The plan was opposed because it wished to alter land uses in the State significantly without taking people into confidence about its intentions. The Revised Draft Regional Plan was published on 22nd November 2005 and suggestions and objections were invited from the public who were given a mere three weeks till 15 December 2005 to do so. Some other links: (@)(@)(@)(@)(@)(@)(@)(@)(@)(@)(@)(@)(@)(@)(@)(@)(@)(@) Access online: RPG21: Draft Regional Plan for Goa 2021 Task Force for the Regional Plan for Goa 2021 http://www.divshare.com/download/5437853-bb6 313-page report, with tables etc... http://www.divshare.com/download/5437339-124 Video: Jason Keith Fernandes: Issues From the Heart of Concrete 23 Sep: You Tube. Frederick Noronha interviews Jason Keith Fernandes, academic and activist. He dwells on the issues of concrete monstrosities springing up in the heart of Goa, the impact they have on lifestyle and the total lack of infrastructural planning to sustain this sort of urbanization. 10m. 16s. Click here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESfMu3HdoME (@)(@)(@)(@)(@)(@)(@)(@)(@)(@)(@)(@)(@)(@)(@)(@)(@)(@)
This article was first published in PARMAL, the interesting journal of the Goa Heritage Action Group…