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Goa plans Urban Art Commission

Goa state government is planning to set up Urban Art Commission (UAC) which will set specific architectural criteria’s for various projects. The objective of UAC is to create areas in such a way that one will not be able to deviate from Goa’s heritage culture. It may be recalled here that last year Maharashtra Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis had announced his government’s plan to set up an Urban Art Commission to look into the beautification of open spaces in the city and its suburbs, and to ensure that these spaces are protected and made available for public use.

In Delhi, Delhi Urban Art Commission was set up in 1974 to advise the Government of India in the matter of preserving, developing and maintaining the aesthetic quality of urban and environmental design within Delhi. Now Goa is following the footsteps of Delhi after more than four decades of establishment of DUAC.

The Town and Country Planning (TCP) Minister Vijai Sardesai has also announced that commercial and hotel projects with built up area of 2,000 sq mtrs and above will have to follow Green Building Concept. New rule will come into effect from 1st January 2019. However, the state government is not in favour of offering any incentives for those who opt for green building constructions. The Government has decided to tie up with Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) to set up guidelines. The Minister has also made it clear that the proposed Mopa international airport project should be Green, failing which it will not be approved.

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