According to the available statistics around 30,000 houses in Goa have been declared illegal due to various reasons which include the non compliances of certain government formalities. Although this process have been started quite some time back in the month of May 2015, under the guidance of deputy chief minister Francis D’souza but government is still working on the modalities. “The assurance was given in the last budget by former chief minister Manohar Parrikar. All MLAs are now stressing that we should start fulfilling it,” Said Goa Deputy Chief Minister Francis D’Souza. “The ownership issues need to be handled carefully. We have to see whether the house is in government, private or communidade (village institution) properties,” he further added.
Parrikar had announced this plan to give legal relief to almost 30,000 houses across the state that was termed “illegal” due to non-fulfillment of certain formalities with the state authorities. He had then said that houses constructed before February 28, 2014, could be covered under the scheme. According to D’souza the regularization process would involve several agencies and to begin with local municipal councils will start collecting the house taxes from such houses but the dweller should not consider this payment of the tax makes them legal but insured people will pay for the services they are enjoying at the moment from the government.
To facilitate illegal dwelling regularization process, high level meeting chaired by Chief Minister was held on Wednesday in the city however nothing much transpired except just taking a preliminary stock of the situation. D’souza said that there will be more such meetings will be held in the future before they reach to any final conclusion. D’souza also said that it involves sequence of legalities including the study of related legislations as well as details about the ownership of the land. “However, the government will complete the regularization process for illegal houses before the end of its tenure,” he said reminding that it was the budget assurance of his government to the people of Goa. Then chief minister Manohar Parrikar had announced a plan to give legal relief to almost 30,000 houses across the state, that were termed illegal due to non-fulfillment of certain formalities with the state authorities. He had also said that houses constructed before February 28, 2014, could be covered under the scheme.