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    Drinking water crisis continues in mining-hit villages

    TNN | Aug 29, 2018, 03:41 IST

    Panaji: Stating that the issue of drinking water cannot wait, the high court of Bombay at Goa on Tuesday directed the member secretary of District Mineral Foundation (DMF) to take immediate steps to ascertain the exact condition of drinking water in mining-affected villages.

    Villages which do not have drinking water supplies include Calem, Curdi (both in Sanguem taluka), Mayem, Pale and Mulgao (all three in Bicholim taluka) and Molem in Dharbandora.

    The Goa Foundation, in an affidavit filed before the high court, has stated that despite the supply of drinking water being placed as high priority by the DMF, effective steps have not been taken to resolve the issue at the earliest.

    The organisation said it had contacted sarpanchas of villages in July and found that while a couple of tankers came to villages in May, no tankers came thereafter and at present (as on July 30), no drinking water was supplied to the villages by the government.

    These villages still need water supplied to them by tankers as their sources of water have been destroyed due to mining activities, the foundation stated.

    It has even provided the DMF committee names of villages in Goa that have a shortage of drinking water along with contact details of respective sarpanchas and secretaries of panchayats to enable the committee to resolve the issue as soon as possible.

    Advocate general Dattaprasad Lawande said necessary steps will be taken in this regard.

    Noting that there would be serious water shortage in mining affected areas in May, the high court had directed the PWD to visit Sonshi and inspect ground realities regarding availability of safe drinking water and submit a report.

    The directions came in connection with a PIL filed by the Goa Foundation regarding the situation at Sonshi which was adversely affected by mining. The petition pleaded for urgent supply of water to the village and rehabilitation of villagers. It also sought implementation of the DMF scheme.

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      Guv gives assent to controversial TCP bill allowing zoning changes

      tnn | Aug 29, 2018, 03:43 IST

      Panaji: Goa governor Mridula Sinha has given her assent to the controversial Goa Town and Country Planning (Amendment) Bill, 2018, which allows the town and country planning department (TCP) to change land zoning on individual requests.

      Sinha’s assent was confirmed to TOI by TCP minister Vijai Sardesai. Congress had urged her not to give her assent to the bill. During its passing in the state assembly, opposition members had staged a walkout.

      On the floor of the House, Sardesai had said that the amendment was introduced to “give justice to people”. CM Manohar Parrikar promised the opposition that he’d form a committee to frame the rules, and that the committee would comprise opposition members and experts too.

      The bill has three new planning tools — accommodation reservation, transferable development rights (TDR) and transferable development rights for posterity (TDR for posterity), which, according to Sardesai, would benefit the people of the state.

      Seeking to explain these provisions, Sardesai, at the time of tabling, had said accomodation reservation was a tool meant for acquiring land along with constructed amenities. “This will ensure only public amenities are created in areas that are highly priced and where land acquisition is an expensive proposition,” he had said. “Facilities for the public would be created without any cost to the public exchequer, and the land owner would be compensated by way of built-up area or FAR in the same plot.”

      Justifying TDR, Sardesai said it was a planning tool that would facilitate the acquisition of private land for public purposes like road widening without cost to the exchequer, with the land owner being compensated by FAR in the same plot or any other plot owned by him. The owner, he said, would be able to trade the FAR in the market either in part or in whole.

      “Both, accommodation reservation and TDR, are planning tools that exist in other states of like Maharashtra, Telangana, Karnataka, etc,” he said.

      Sardesai also said TDR for posterity was a planning tool that sought to incentivise the preservation of eco-sensitive areas, heritage houses, etc, and was being introduced for the first time in the country.

      “TDR for posterity is derived from a concept that every property has development/construction right,” he said. “For instance, farm houses are permitted in agricultural land like orchards. Many landlords/owners are disillusioned by seeing their land classified /zoned as agricultural land, and they are deprived of developing this land for non-agricultural use, merely because of zoning in the regional plan or outline development plan.

      “These planning tools, which are basically voluntary, would ensure planned development in such a way that it goes hand-in-hand with the preservation of the scenic beauty and cultural heritage of Goa,” Sardesai said.

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        Vasco yet to be cleaned after Saptah

        tnn | Aug 29, 2018, 03:44 IST

        Vasco: The famed Vasco Saptah ended on Sunday, but not without vendors leaving garbage, mostly plastic bags, strewn all over the place.

        Piles of waste along Swatantra Path and St Joseph Vaz road have made the heart of the port town the very antithesis of the swachh Bharat model, citizens said, even as they feared that nullahs in the area would get clogged with the garbage if it began to pour.

        Locals said they were also irked by the failure of the Mormugao Municipal Council (MMC) to clean up the town despite two days having passed since the culmination of the fair. Sources said that besides charging fees for the erection of stalls, the MMC also charged each vendor Rs 1,000 as garbage collection fees.

        Chief officer Agnelo Fernandes said the council was trying its best and that the area would be cleaned in a day or two. The MMC had recently announced that vendors found with plastic bags at the fair would not only have to pay a Rs 5,000 fine, but would also be debarred from participating for the next three years. It had even resolved to distribute 4,000 paper bags to vendors.

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          Potholed Nerul-Betim road a risk to commuters

          TNN | Aug 29, 2018, 03:47 IST

          Porvorim: The road leading from Nerul to Betim is riddled with potholes making it difficult for vehicles, especially two-wheelers, to navigate the stretch.

          The problem is further aggravated during peak traffic hours and at night, as the stretch of road has no street lights.

          Rain has washed off the layer of tar, which has resulted in the potholes, a commuter said, adding that it was high time authorities woke up and took up the work of maintaining roads.

          “This will reduce the burden of travelling on potholed roads, as not only do vehicles suffer increased wear and tear, but the lives of two-wheeler riders is also put in danger, especially during the monsoon when roads are also slippery,” the commuter said.

          Assistant engineer, Mapusa, Satyendra Bhobe, told TOI that there is a work proposal with the Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GISDC) which includes road widening and hot mixing.

          “The GSIDC is in the process of undertaking work on the Chogm, Nerul and Verem roads,” he said.

          Once the project is implemented it would solve the problem, the assistant engineer said.

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            NGT refuses to cancel green nod to Mopa airport

            TNN | Updated: Aug 29, 2018, 05:21 IST

            The court asked the government to ensure more safeguards for environment protection

            PANAJI: National Green Tribunal (NGT), Pune, on Tuesday, paved the way for commencement of work on the greenfield Mopa airport. The tribunal has directed the government to ensure more safeguards for environmental protection and disposed off an appeal against the grant of environmental clearance (EC). Already nearly Rs 96 crore has been spent on the project.

            Stating that the project doesn’t compromise the environment, the bench noted that ensuring more safeguards for its protection is necessary.

            “There can be no development at the cost of environment. Sparse and non-renewable natural resources have to be protected. State has to act as trustee for such protection,” the judges noted.

            The tribunal also set additional conditions to the EC as measures related to air, water, noise, land, biological and socio-economic environment.

            It found provision to set up six air quality monitoring stations as inadequate and called for three more in nearby Maharashtra. More rain water harvesting pits, more frequent water quality monitoring and other measures were also proposed.

            Appellants, Federation of Rainbow Warriors and Hanuman Laxman Aroskar, had raised a host of concerns — displacement of local people due to the project, damage to the environment, loss of the region’s groundwater and flora and fauna amidst a severe crisis of Goa’s water resources, scarcity of land for housing and food, and also buffer zones.

            The appellants alleged that the project’s proponents hid or did not correctly cover vital facts related to water bodies, dense forest cover, terms of reference (ToR) and other matters.

            The expert appraisal committee submitted a final report without visiting the site, the petitioners said.

            Counsel for ministry of environment, forest and climate change and assistant solicitor general of India, A N S Nadkarni, refuted the arguments stating that the project is essential in public interest and meets the test of sustainable development.

            Stating that Rs 96.47 crore has been spent and that major steps have been taken, he said the project is now listed in the key infrastructural projects.

            However, the bench, while upholding the government’s arguments, observed that development needs have to be fulfilled in tune with the directive principles under Article 48A and fundamental duties under Article 51A (g), including fundamental right under Article 21 of the Constitution, principles of sustainable development, precautionary principle and intergenerational equity.

            Directorate of civil aviation, Goa government is pursuing the project in Pernem taluka in a total area of 2,271 acres, acquired as per approved compensation. It will be implemented in four phases.

            Nadkarni told TOI, “Both the petitions have been disposed off and the work of construction of Mopa airport can commence.”


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              NGT order on Mopa airport a source of relief for Goa government

              Newton Sequeira | TNN | Aug 29, 2018, 22:09 IST

              PANAJI: The National Green Tribunal’s decision to dispose an appeal against the grant of environmental clearance for the greenfield Mopa airport has brought relief to the state government and GMR Goa International Airport Limited (GGIAL).

              Director of civil aviation Suresh Shanbhogue said that despite the delay in clearing of trees for the airport, the state government was confident of commissioning the airport by September 2020. The proposed airport is being built in Pernem taluka in a total area of 2,271 acres. “Everything is on track,” Shanbogue said. “There was no stay on the project but because of the NGT order at least the earlier confusion that was there has gone.”

              The state government and GGIAL officials said that with the environmental clearance issue resolved, construction of the airport can commence at a faster pace.

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                Beach shack licences may be renewed after Sep 15

                TNN | Aug 30, 2018, 03:50 IST

                Panaji: Tourism department is likely to renew beach shack licences and start demarcation of shacks on beaches in the second fortnight of September.

                The actions will be carried out subject to normalisation of the beach and weather condition. Shack allottees will be able to erect shacks only after the licences are renewed and physical demarcation is carried out by the tourism department. “We have started receiving applications for renewal of their licences, but we would have them renewed after the normalisation of the beaches,” said director of tourism department, Menino D’Souza.

                As mandated under the beach shack policy, a beach shack licence is valid for three years. But, allottees are required to dismantle shacks at the end of May or latest by June 10.

                Beach shack operators want their licences to be renewed at the earliest so that they can proceed with setting up of shacks and be ready for the season. Over the past many seasons except the last one, the delays in issuing of licences and demarcation led to them setting up shacks late. Some had to open their shacks a month after the season commenced.

                While arrival of charter flights, marks the opening of Goa’s tourist season in the first half of October, the arrival of domestic tourist footfalls over the last few years including during monsoon, has blurred the difference between a tourist season and a non-tourist season.

                President, Goa shack owners’ welfare society, Cruz Cardozo said that its members have met with the tourism director and requested him to issue directions to demarcate area on beaches to allow allottees to erect their shacks after September 15. “He has assured us they would start by September 17. We have asked him not to wait till demarcation is completed to start issuing licences,” he said, adding that the tourism department can always penalise those found not adhering to the beach shack tourism policy.

                An exercise to complete a demarcation of area on beaches for erection of shacks itself takes about 10-15 days. The tourism director also said will ensure that all allottees have CCTV cameras installed. Tourism department also hopes to have CCTV cameras installed at entrances to beaches as also highmast lamps installed. The police, D’Souza said, have also identified dark spots.

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                  ‘NGT order to pave way for faster work on Mopa airport’

                  TNN | Updated: Aug 30, 2018, 07:25 IST

                  PANAJI: National Green Tribunal’s decision to dispose an appeal against the grant of environmental clearance for the greenfield airport at Mopa has brought relief to the state government and GMR Goa International Airport Limited (GGIAL).

                  Director of civil aviation, Suresh Shanbhogue, said despite the delay in clearing of trees for the project, the state government was confident of commissioning the airport by September 2020. It is being built in the Pernem taluka over 2,271 acres of land.

                  “Everything is on track,” Shanbogue said. “There was no stay on the project, but due to the NGT order at least the earlier confusion has gone.”

                  The state government and GGIAL officials said with the environmental clearance issue resolved, construction of the airport could pick up pace. “It will have a positive impact to speed up construction and development,” a GGIAL spokesperson said.

                  NGT has directed the state to ensure more safeguards for environmental protection and to also set additional conditions to the environmental clearance, particularly measures related to air, water, noise, land, and the biological and socio-economic environment.

                  Shanbhogue, however, said there was no need for additional permissions. “It is just that the number air quality monitoring stations have been increased to three more.”

                  A source said full-fledged construction of the airport terminal, runway and the air traffic control tower would start by December.

                  “As an environmentally concerned and socially responsible company, GGIAL will abide by all the conditions. It is indeed a great relief as it helps GGIAL to move ahead with construction and developmental works of Mopa International Airport project in accordance with the concession agreement,” the GGIAL spokesperson said.

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                    Govt to identify industries producing hazardous waste

                    TNN | Aug 31, 2018, 03:17 IST

                    Panaji: The state government is set inspect all industrial units in the state to identify those generating hazardous waste. A senior officer in the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) said they have received instructions from the Union ministry of environment to shutdown those not adhering to wastedisposal norms for hazardous substances.

                    Officials of the state pollution board and Goa Waste Management Corporation (GWMC) with conduct joint inspections. The units will not be allowed to operate unless they pay penalty and adhere to norms on hazardous waste generation, storage and disposal.

                    Around 1,409 industries generate about 24,796 metric tonne of hazardous waste in the state. As the state does not have a common hazardous waste treatment, storage and disposal facilities for non-recyclable/non-utilisable hazardous waste, the union ministry has directed the state pollution board to industries to store the hazardous waste generated by them indefinitely within their premises.

                    Recently, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), which comes under the ministry of environment, forest and climate change (MoEFCC) had conducted a joint inspection of industries in the state along with GSPCB.

                    “Close all defaulting units by verifying hazardous waste storage vis-à-vis their generation as per raw material consumption/production data in case SPCB/PCC is unable to carry out such verification, the same may be carried out by engaging some other agency,” central pollution board chairman, S P Singh Parihar, stated in the order.

                    The central pollution board stated that not all categories of hazardous wastes have been brought under the ambit of authorisation that was issued by concerned state pollution control boards/ Pollution Control Committees under the Hazardous and other Wastes (Management and Transboundary Movement) Rules.

                    During the joint inspection conducted by the central and state pollution boards, a few units were found operating without authorization from the state pollution board/committee. “The hazardous waste was found packed without proper labelling, and stored in isolated hazardous waste storage area in accordance with provisions of the rules,” Parihar said.

                    “None of the units stored incinerable hazardous wastes in storage areas having automatic water sprinkling arrangements, fire alarm systems, flame arresters, smoke/heat detectors, fire extinguishers, etc, as per provisions stipulated under guidelines for storage of incinerable hazardous wastes by the operators of common hazardous waste treatment storage and disposable facilities and captive HW incinerators,” the central pollution board said.

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                      Panaji civic body torn over ‘smart’ digitising of files

                      tnn | Aug 31, 2018, 03:26 IST

                      Panaji: A proposal to request Imagine Panaji Smart City Development Limited (IPSCDL) to take up an e-governance project, met with stiff opposition at the Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) on Thursday, forcing the council to defer the decision till its next meeting.

                      CCP wants to move away from the physical files system and had approached IPSCDL to take up the task of developing and putting in place an e-governance framework, which would include digitising all existing records, on a priority basis. Interestingly, in a letter in June this year, CCP commissioner Ajit Roy had already asked IPSCDL to design the e-governance project for the corporation.

                      The ruling faction of the city corporation forced mayor Vithal Chopdekar to defer a decision on a framework for e-governance despite a clear majority in the 30-member council voicing their support.

                      “The meeting went on for nearly four hours and this matter has been deferred. It will be taken up next week by the corporation. I think the date is undecided,” Roy said.

                      “E-governance should have been implemented at the corporation 10 years ago. If we don’t utilise this opportunity, the corporation will not get a chance to implement an e-governance platform for another two-three years due to paucity of funds,” Roy said.

                      The commissioner wants IPSCDL to take up the project under the Smart City mission, and with funding from the Centre.

                      Councillor Rahul Lotlikar opposed the proposal to allow IPSCDL to design the e-governance platform. He suggested that the CCP take up the e-governance project on its own instead, as he felt that the Smart City mission was “a fraud” and “an eyewash.”

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