Government to wink at Min to convert plots larger than 1,000 m² | Goa News

Panaji: In what is seen as a contradiction to reforms initiated by Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, the Revenue Department has proposed a memo that would require ministerial approval before issuing sanads for properties measuring over 1,000 m².
Earlier this week, the revenue department ordered the two district collectors to suspend all sanad approvals for plots over 1,000 sq m.
“The undersigned hereby directs you that all files relating to the sanad for land to be converted over 1,000 m² be submitted to the government for approval,” reads the note released by the office of the Minister of Revenue Atanasio Monserrate. The decision has created apprehensions within the real estate industry as the move will delay approvals for real estate and commercial projects.
“We are being made to understand that a note is being moved to return sanad conversion files for areas over 1000m² to the government for approval. stakeholders,” said CREDAI – Goa Chairman, Nilesh Salkar.
Prior to portfolio allocation, Sawant ended the need for ministerial approval for real estate projects and delegated authority to taluka and district level officers.
Sawant had also said that the government also intends to embark on the online issuance of zoning and CNO certificates under section 49(6) of the TCP Act for the registration of parcel documents.
Town and Country Planning Minister Vishwajit Rane had announced a series of reforms including an online case tracking system from May 1, deemed approvals for commercial and residential projects after 21 45 days and the approval of construction plans by approved architects for constructions with buildings up to 500 m².
Monserrate’s decision appears to negate actions taken by his cabinet colleagues.
“The tax authorities can give the necessary instructions to the collectors concerned in the North and the South, in this regard, as a priority. In the meantime, the files concerning the conversions of land of more than 1,000 m² will be suspended until they have been approved by the government”, indicates the note moved by the tax authorities.
CREDAI requested the intervention of the Chief Minister. “We urge the Chief Minister to look into this matter and make a pragmatic decision that will keep industry confidence high,” Salkar said.

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