Friday, July 18, 2008

Battle for Bardez

The battle for BardezLand conversions are going ahead merrily, says LIONEL MESSIAS. He gives a breakdown on the conversion scenario in the villages of Bardez talukaA land use con- version sanad,which once gave a landlord or the simple land buyer of old a sense of accomplishment, today has dangerous conn-otations.

At worst, it could mean doom for many villages, with the villagers battling to keep virtual gated communities out of their once charming village. But worse than that is the potential that some of these sanads have for both village and villager, because the outcome often is yet another huge hotel complex, as the names of many of the owners of the sanads mentioned in this article suggest.

In other words, more migrant labourers, more traffic on the existing narrow village roads that were never intended for the current onslaught, and more pressure on the existing unstable power supply. As for the stress that is being put on the meagre potable water supply, there is really nothing more that can be said to put the water shortage problem in perspective. All this put together can suck the life out of your village. Says Tulio de Souza, attorney of the Comunidade of Guirim and an architect, “I am of the opinion that for any application for conversion above one acre (4,000 sq m) for commercial pur-poses, the Collector needs to examine whether the necessary infrastructure is available in the area to support the kind of development that would follow the issuance of these sanads.”

In your backyardAlto PorvorimA beneficiary to take note of in Alto Porvorim is Devashri Estate Developers. It got 300 sq m of land converted in an amazingly short time. The firm applied for the sanad on 24 January 2006, and was issued the sanad on 8 April 2006. A total of 4,667 sq m was converted from agricultural to non-agricultural land. ArporaIn Arpora, a huge 1,22,115 sq m of land was converted. The most conspicuous beneficiaries are Dr Fernando Jose Mascarhenas (81,726 sq m), Prabhat Developers (1,969) and Riverside Home Developers (8,557 + 5,400). Two non-Goan parties got sanads. Shabbir AR Jhan converted 3,850 sq m, while Kalpesh Natwarlal Gahil and Ravi Ramesh Chandra Gahil jointly converted 3,300 sq m. CalanguteIn Calangute, where there is little land left to build on, sanads were issued covering a total of 90,900.85 sq m. It can safely be assumed that nearly all must be prime land and accessible to roads. As usual, builders and hoteliers were behind 14 of the 23 conversions. GKP Real Estate Developers, whose buildings in Calangute are ubiquitous, converted a total of 1,994 sq m, under two sanads. Others are DGN Resorts (1,775), Ronil Hotels & Resorts (1,950), Prudential Group (1,725), Hindustan Hotel Ltd, Panjim (2,375), Reira Construction (2,800), Nirvana Nest Buildcon (2,000), New Builders & Developers (575+2,991+700), Calangute Resorts (1,275), Saldanha Developers (900) and Whispering Resorts (3,000).

These land conversions represent 24,060 sq m of the land converted in Calangute.CandolimA total of 58,371.34 sq m of land was converted in this congested village with narrow roads. Builders showed the most interest. One builder, Shelly Gonsalves, got 1,775 and 4,675 sq m converted and another 2,940.34 sq m on behalf of Regal Builders. Other real estate developers with equally big plans are Navelkar Landmarks (1,403), Phoenix Township (1,310), Highland Constructions and Highland Holiday Homes (4,150), Dena Karen Holiday Homes (1,224), Devan Real Estate & Construction (12,733), Zephyr Holdings (2,225) Tangerina Hotels (2,775) and one Omprakash N Pariani (2,207 + 2,350). NerulCandolim-based builder Shelly Gonsalves has also converted 6,655 and 8,912.50 sq m in this village, next in line to be bludgeoned by builders after Calangute, Baga and Candolim.Reis MagosFericem Engineering converted 8,207 sq m
Salvador do MundoFredric Developers converted 630 sq m, CV Constructions 2,500 sq m and Navelkar Landmarks 8,910 sq m. Sangolda Apseksha Homes 2,425 sq m, Tropical Estates 4,546 sq m. SocorroAlcon Construction 15,398 sq m, RR Enterprises 1,000 sq m, Acron Developers 5,066 sq m and Tropical Estates (see Sangolda) 850 sq m.

Know your neighbourBuilders and hoteliers only In Socorro, Alcon has converted land under Survey No: 21/2. Sangolda: Tropical Estates - 2/11. Salvador do Mundo: Navelkar Landmarks - 66/1. Reis Magos: Fericem Engineering - 78/1-C. Nerul: Shelly Gonsalves 6,665 sq m - 11/1 and 8,912.50 - 5/1. Candolim: Regal Builders - 149/4, Navelkar Landmarks - 22/1-B, Phoenix Township - 226/10 &14 part 8C part & 8D part, Highland Constructions - 227/1, 227/2, Shelly Gonsalves 4,675 sq m - 224/2, 1,775 sq m - 10/1, Devan Real Estate - 224/1 & 223/8, Zephyr Holdings 2,225 sq - 179/6 & 3150 sq m - 208/3, Tangerina Hotels - 138/13-D, 135/2 & 3.

Note: Herald cannot find out if buildings have already been built on these lands, as the Right to Information (RTI) data provides only the applicant’s name, area, survey no, location, description of the forest/trees and the sanad application and issue date.


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