• October 18, 2015
  • 17:30

The CCP has been engaging with citizens across various platforms to gather suggestions and feedback towards the smart development of Panaji City. This includes public consultation meetings and focus group discussions with stakeholders, road shows, workshops and zone wise ideation sessions. Some of the key sectors discussed at the Open Forum panel discussion were-Transport & Mobility, Heritage and Waste Management.

Panelists: for the debate included MLA of Panaji Sidharth Kuncalienkar, Commissioner, CCP Shri. Sanjit Rodrigues, Shri. Arminio Ribeiro, Urban Planner, Charles Correia Foundation (CCF), Shri. Mikel Oteiza, LKS Consultants from Spain, Jack Sukhija, GHAG and Sachin Ambe, Consultant on waste management.

In the panel discussion, Shri. Mikel Oteiza, LKS Consultants, who has worked on a comprehensive mobility master-plan plan for Panaji, quoted, “Transport is critical to a smart and modern city. Immediate short term solutions to the city‟s transport woes are one way roads which can reduce congestion. In the long term though reducing the use of private vehicles in the city and increase of non-motorised means of transport such as cycles, walk-ways and pedestrian roads are a solution.”

Arminho Ribeiro, architect, Charles Correia Foundation, said “A decongestion plan for Panaji is critical. Panaji today resembles a large parking spot. The solution we have proposed is to create large parking spaces outside the city which
will restrict public vehicles from entering the city.”

Highlighting the heritage value of the city, Shri. Jack Sukhija, Goa Heritage Action Group said, “GHAG has brought out a book Walking in and around Goa” which identifies heritage routes one can take across the city which connect heritage structures. There are close to 900 heritage structures in and around Panaji. This is heartening information. Panaji is a heritage city and this aspect needs to be preserved.”