PANJIM: Goa's real estate boom is not driven by "people who love the land", but by speculative investment of black money in the state, environmentalist Madhav Gadgil said Wednesday.  Speaking at the concluding session of a workshop on environment here, Gadgil, the man behind India's "People Biodiversity Register", also said that a huge influx of black money in Goa in form of real estate investments was severely crunching land resources in one of India's smallest states.
This did not bode well for Goa's future, he said. "The land pressure in Goa is because of speculative investment of black money-driven real estate projects. It is happening all over India too," Gadgil said.
Noting that Goa is a "phenomenally beautiful state", he said that unfortunately, it was not "people who love the land" who were looking at buying land here. "Most of the real estate investments in Goa are in the form of second homes. Goa needs to do something about this," he said.
Even as real estate prices hit the roof here, mega housing projects, cropping up across the countryside, have faced stiff resistance in Goa from civil society groups who have objected to the real estate lobby converting Goa purely into a market for investment oriented second homes.
Public resentment towards real estate intensive projects had also forced the Goa government to cancel seven special economic zone (SEZ) projects in 2008, several of which were promoted by real estate companies.


Xpolice said...

All  the ill gotten money of goa police servants is parked with the builders of Goa.

Vicente E. Do Rego said...

Because of this menace common man and poor people of Goa are suffering miserably, rich are becoming rich and poor struggles to build two room shelter due to high prices of real estate. Govt. officials are gone blind given this black money and nobody wants to do anything about it. The so called Ganta-boil Chief Minister does not want to do anything to bring the law to ban Goas land to non-Goans nor to impose high house tax on non-Goans holding properties in order to continue his stting on CM's chair. This is the law of stupid filthy corrupt India. Independence fro India is the only solution this corrupt administration

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