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Govt appointed panel to visit Goa Golf Course site on Oct 7


Panaji: The Goa government-appointed fact finding committee will be visiting the controversial Golf Course site in North Goa’s Terekhol village on October 7 accompanied by representatives of those promoting and opposing the project.

M/s Leading Hotels Private Limited has planned a golf course at Terekhol which is being opposed by locals who said that the land was agricultural property and was converted without following proper procedure.

“The physical inspection of the site would be carried on October 7 along with the petitioners and respondents who have approached the court. It would be a joint inspection,” Sandip Jacques, who heads the enquiry committee told PTI.

NGO Goa Foundation along with locals had approached the Bombay High Court bench here challenging the conversion of the land for the project.

Jacques-led fact finding committee has been asked to enquire whether the land in question was agricultural land or tenanted land; whether the allegations regarding tenancy made in the petition before the High Court are true, whether the lands are tenanted or not, and whether any person was a tenant of such land or not.

The government has said both the parties (petitioner and respondent) must be given opportunity to lead evidence if they so desire.

The order constituting the committee also reads, “both the parties must be heard in detail, if need be and the officer (Jacques) must submit the report with reasoned findings and recommendations to the government within a period of three months.”

The petitioner (Goa Foundation) has been asked to submit its say on September 22, while respondent (hotel group) will have to reply to it by September 29, Jacques said, adding that the committee has called for all the relevant departments during the joint inspection.

Departments like Directorate of Land Survey Department, Town and Country Planning, Deputy Collector, Mamlatdar (Pernem), Deputy Conservator of Forest and others will be present for the inspection, he added.

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