According to NGO, Goa Foundation – the Bombay High Court has issued notice on a second PIL filed by the Bodgeshwar Shetkari Sangh, the Camakhazan Tenants Association and the Goa Foundation against developments on tenanted lands by Boshan Developers at Bodhgeshwar at Mapusa.
The Court ordered notices returnable on 11.12.2019, on application for stay on any developments or conversion of sy.No.3/3 of PTS No.161 of Mapusa.
The petition alleges that Sy.No.3/3 is tenanted land, protected under the Goa Land Use Act, 1991. However, the NGPDA allowed the plot to be zoned as C1 in violation of the Land Use Act.
Petitioners have challenged the agreement declaring non-tenancy which the developers and their relatives signed with the tenants, on grounds of fraud. The PIL has enclosed all the necessary records in this connection.
The PIL has also asked for an inquiry into the tenancy status of the plots on which Boshan Classic and other buildings stand, and have asked for their demolition in case the inquiry comes to the conclusion the lands are tenanted.
The PIL seeks High Court’s intervention to protect the tenanted lands of Mapusa, as most of these being tenanted, are now being allowed for development through collusion between authorities, tenants and developers.
The High Court has already issued notice on an earlier PIL on missing environmental infrastructure related to the construction of Boshan Classic, a commercial building that is part of the same complex. That PIL has asked for stay on occupancy of the building on grounds that it does not have a Sewage Treatment Plant which is mandatory as per decision of the Goa State Pollution Control Board.