SUBJECT :In order to promote agro tourism and develop the hinterland economy, the Town and Country Planning (TCP) board, on Monday, gave its nod for the Goa ecotourism policy 

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Porvorim (Goa), October 16, 2018: In order to promote agro tourism and develop the hinterland economy, the Town and Country Planning (TCP) board, on Monday, gave its nod for the Goa ecotourism policy, which will allow farmers to set up jungle resorts or eco-resorts. TCP minister Vijai Sardesai  said that 5 % FAR would be sanctioned for ectourism projects that come up on an area of up to 20,000sqm, while the FAR would be capped at 3% for land parcels large than “Agricultural land, which is not low-lying paddy fields, not private forest, and up to 20,000sqm, will be given 5% FAR to have tourism projects. This is basically to promote hinterland tourism,” Sardesai said.

Insisting that the policy was not a back door entry for developers or hoteliers to build resort in eco-sensitive zones, Sardesai said that ecotourism projects would have to use local building material and would not be allowed to build more than the ground floor.

Given that the policy aims to “supplement agricultural income through an alternate revenue source “the policy makes it compulsory for project proponents to have a krishi card. “This is done to promte agro tourism. He should first be a farmer and this is an incentive to increase the farmer’s income,” Sardesai said.

The minister, who also holds the agriculture portfolio, has repeatedly stressed that he wants to promote agro-tourism and ecotourism as a means to bring glamour to farming.

“The focus is on developing the undeveloped talukas in the hinterland. I am thinking about jungle resorts, agro tourism that can bring glamour to farming. The rules will be framed soon and we shall start taking applications,” the minister said.

Regional plan 2021 promotes two ecotourism policies, one for hinterland ecotourism for less developed talukas and a general agro-based, ecotourism policy.


Source: indiatimes.com