Source: Times of India (

While welcoming the town and country planning (TCP) department’s decision to offer higher FAR for residential and commercial buildings at the Kadamba Plateau, industry bodies have attached a rider, saying that power, water and sewage connections must be put in place.

Developers point out that while real estate players pay infrastructure tax to the government while obtaining construction approvals, they have to struggle to get power and water connections even after the occupancy certificate is issued.

“Builder pay infrastructure tax when the project commences but on completion, basic amenities like electricity, water and sewerage are not provided,” CREDAI president Nilesh Salkar told TOI. “Well-planned infrastructure with systematic development is important.”

The TCP department intends to develop the Kadamba Plateau area as a satellite town of Panaji and intends to increase the permissible FAR to 400 for the area.

Confederation of Indian Industry, Goa council, chairperson Swati Salgaocar said that an increase in FAR on Kadamba Plateau is a step in the right direction because vertical development allows for more open spaces and lower ground coverage.

“This will also help in resolving parking issues. Moreover, the Kadamba Plateau has good road infrastructure and can be surely looked at as an extension to an already congested Panaji city. Necessary infrastructure can also be planned as it is a new development,” Salgaocar said. “CII is confident that the government will work to improve infrastructure in the state as has been seen in the last three to four years where connectivity has been the priority.”

Speaking off record, many builders said that the government is unable to provide basic amenities. In 2017 and 2018, several housing societies had come together to form the Kadamba Plateau Residents’ Action Committee (KPRAC) to try and pressurise the government to provide piped water. Most housing societies rely on tankers and bore wells for supply.

“Needless to say, development should be permitted only after infrastructure is in place. Right now developers have to set up their own sewerage treatment plant at an additional cost,” Salkar said.

“Kadamba plateau has been crying for basic facilities,” said a builder. “The challenge is that there are many departments involved and though the funds are collected by the government, the electricity department and PWD department say that they have no access to these funds and thus, cannot lay power infrastructure or water lines.”