In order to figure out which direction to go in, one must know where one is. Figuring out who you are and what your interests, values, and skills are, helps to guide one in life. The same is true of communities. Understanding the existing conditions of a community gives one a sense of what resources are available, what resources are lacking, what the community values, and what it wants to change. Gathering information about the land, transportation systems, buildings, community services, utilities, water access systems, and people helps to understand the needs of a community.
In Chapter 2 of the Framework Report, the research done pertaining to the existing conditions in Agonda are summarized. This includes background information on Agonda as well as the map of the proposed plan and the community survey conducted by students from St. Anne’s.
An excerpt is below…
“Agonda is a small, 15 sq. km Panchayat located along
the coastal ghats of the District of South Goa in India. The
community is about 40 minutes south of Margao and within
the Taluka of Canacona. There is an approximate population of
3,600 residents and a density of 240 persons per sq. km (the
average density in South Goa is approximately 308 persons
per sq. km (RPG 2021)).”