Goa chief Minister Digamber Kamat on Tuesday said that the state government had no hesitation in extending the time limit to hear suggestions and objections to the draft of 'Regional Plan 2021'.
"We have no hesitation in extending the time limit given to various panchayats," Kamat told the state legislative assembly in Panaji.
'Regional Plan 2021' is a land use plan for Goa that has been sent to village panchayats across the state for suggestions and objections.
An earlier draft, 'Regional Plan 2010' had to be scrapped after opposition from various NGOs that it was aimed at "robbing Goa of its beauty". A second committee of experts was later constituted that drafted the current plan.
The chief minister said that originally the deadline for giving suggestions on the draft was January 16, adding, "Thirteen village panchayats have requested to extend the time".
Kamat said that various professionals had volunteered to help local panchayats to study the plan. "We are considering the sentiments of people. Let them deliberate the plan properly," he said.
Goa Assembly Speaker Pratapsingh Rane said the government could ask the chief town planner to hold meetings all over the state and finalise the plan as soon as possible.
"You cannot go on giving extensionss to finalise the plan," he said.