PANAJI: The town and country planning (TCP) department has reconstituted the 13-member conservation committee headed by the TCP minister as chairman as per the provisions of Goa land development and building construction regulations, 2010.

With government officials dominating its composition and the chief secretary designated as vice-chairman, conservation architect Ketak Nachinolkar and engineer Ernesto Moniz are the only members not associated with the government or its agencies.

TCP chief town planner, S T Puttaraju is the member secretary while others members include PWD's chief architect; superintending archaeologist of archaeological survey of India (ASI); director of archives and archaeology (DAA); a nominee each from Indian Institute of Architects (Goa Chapter), Institute of Engineers-India (Goa Centre), and Institute of Town Planners-India (Goa Chapter) and Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI) Goa.

However, no representation has been given to any heritage activist or members of heritage organizations, an activist alleged.

The main responsibility of the conservation committee is to regulate development activity and projects in conservation zones and near heritage monuments.