Goa’s Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has been urged by the Goa government to relax restrictions on civilian construction near state defense establishments. He also stated that half of the constructions in Dabolim, South Goa, could be declared illegal if Defence Ministry rules were followed.
Dabolim is the home of the state’s single airport. It operates out of INS Hana, a naval base.
“The MoD recently issued a circular. Anyone who wants to build a home, but does not have the approval of the Naval authorities, will find it difficult. I have urged Singh to keep 500 mts from any Naval establishment or Defence Establishment from the Wall,” Mauvin Godinho, Transport Minister and local BJP MLA told reporters a day following his meeting with Singh at Dabolim Airport. Singh was visiting Goa as part of his visit to a naval base in Karwar, North Karnataka.
Godinho stated that the 500 mts limit is only applicable to larger states with a greater landmass, and not Goa which is the smallest country.
It can be used in large states. He has been told to change it. Dabolim already has some houses. These are legal plots and not illegal. However, they were denied clearance by Navy. They have all other permissions. Do they need to be demolished or not? What number of houses will you demolish in this manner? Godinho declared that Debolim will see its entirety destroyed.
Godinho also stated that the Goa chapter of Confederation of Real Estate Developers Associations of India had written to the government regarding the delay in obtaining permissions for the Indian Navy in areas that contain naval defense establishments.
CREDAI raised additional issues regarding the Navy’s problems. Godinho explained that the clearances are not granted for months. Six months and one year cases are still pending.
He also stated that Singh had been urged by the state government to arrange a meeting at Defence Ministry with Ministry officials in order to resolve the matter.