Seeking to allay fears over the land use plan notified by the Goa government, Chief Minister Digambar Kamat on Thursday said it had been designed meticulously to ensure that the commom man was not affected.
The 'Goa Regional Plan 2021'(RP 2021) will also ensure that the state is not robbed of its greenery, Kamat said.
"This is a plan (prepared) by planners and not bureaucrats," he said, pointing out to the involvement of world renowned architects like Charles Correia in drafting it.
Kamat's statement comes in the backdrop of differences among Congress members and sections of society over the plan.
Congress leaders Dayanand Narvekar, Churchill Alemao and Reginaldo Lourenco have shot off a missive to their higher-ups expressing their discontent about the ambitious blue print.
Narvekar said the plan was not for the good of Goa and it needs to be scrapped.
Various architects, planners and social workers were involved in drafting the plan.
Throwing his weight behind the plan, Kamat said even after notifying the plan, it has been kept open for corrections, and a special facilitation centre has been opened for the same.
The RP 2021 has suggested regulation of future growth in the tourism hot spots such as Calangute and Old Goa, saying the lack of a clear road map may lead to further destruction of the state’s tourism assets.