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    Quepem civic body to ban sale, use of plastic bags

    TNN | Updated: Sep 9, 2018, 06:04 IST

    Civic body to ban sale, use of plastic bags

    QUEPEM: The Quepem Municipal Council (QMC) has joined other civic bodies in cracking the whip on the sale and use of plastic carry bags in its jurisdiction. It has also banned the sale of plaster-of-paris idols in the market.

    Municipal officials held a meeting with shopkeepers, vegetable vendors and traders, and directed them not to pack goods and articles in plastic bags. If they are found violating the ban, the council will impose heavy fines up to Rs 5,000.

    “Signboards regarding the ban will be displayed around the town within two days. Shopkeepers have already been told to use paper or cloth bags. We will ensure there is a complete ban on plastic under municipal jurisdiction,” said chief officer, QMC, Darshini Dessai.

    The council has also banned sale of idols made of plaster-of-paris in the market due to its adverse impact on the environment, Dessai said.

    Citizens will also be penalised if found carrying bags made of plastic. The council had asked people to carry their own bags for shopping.

    Plastic dumped around finds its way into nearby water bodies, and large quantities of it can be seen in the Kushavati river at Quepem. No attempts have been made to clean the river for a long time by authorities and citizens.

    “Citizens as well as vehicle drivers regularly throw flowers packed in plastic bags in the river, thereby polluting it,” said local physician Umesh Netrawalkar.

    During the recent state-level advisory board meeting under the Solid Waste Management Rule, 2016, all municipalities and panchayats are advised to curb the use of plastic below 50 micron.

    QMC has already requested self-help groups to help in enforcing the ban on plastic. Some local schools promised to supply paper bags to the council which will be distributed to shopkeepers.

    Even though around 50 shopkeepers attended the meeting, some of them are still violating the decision.

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      Colva creek wall yet to be repaired

      Nisser Dias | TNN | Updated: Sep 9, 2018, 06:12 IST

      Laterite stones from the wall lie strewn on the shore

      Colva: Goa Tourism Development Corporation’s (GTDC) failure to repair the retaining wall between the Colva creek and the sea has resulted in additional destruction of the beach.

      On August 19, STOI had highlighted the collapse of the retaining wall meant to direct the flow of water to and from the sea to the Colva creek. However, the failure of the authorities to take cognizance of this has resulted in the lateritestones being washed away. They now lie strewn on the shore, inconveniencing visitors to the beach.

      At the broken section of the wall, the tidal movement has resulted in severe sand erosion of a depth of nearly one-and-half-metre.

      As a result of this, the beach, on the side of the Colva Residency, has become inaccessible to the public.

      Ironically, GTDC’ s south Goa office is located in the Colva Residency.

      A team of engineers sent by GTDC chairman Nilesh Cabral to inspect the destruction on August 4, had promised that work would be taken up after requisite permission is obtained from the coastal regulation zone authority.

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        New gas insulated substation to improve Panaji’s power picture

        TNN | Updated: Sep 10, 2018, 07:58 IST

        PANAJI: The power situation in the state capital is likely to improve once a new state-of-the-art gas insulated substation is installed at Patto Plaza.

        The electricity department has issued a Rs 20 crore work order to SMS Limited (formerly SMS infrastructure Limited) to design, supply, install, test and commission a 33/11-KV gas insulated substation along with associated equipment.

        At present, Panaji is dependent on three substations located at EDC, Campal and Altinho. While the EDC substation supplies power to Panaji and Ribandar, the Altinho sub-station supplies power to Altinho, St Inex and the Panaji market area and the Campal substation supplies power right up to Caranzalem.

        “Since the installed capacity was not sufficient we were not in a position to carry out regular maintenance work. We were not able to switch off power supply and shift the load to carry out work since the Altinho substation is more than 40-year-old. Once the new substation is ready, regular maintenance can be carried out at the Altinho and Campal substations by shifting the load to the new one,” an official from the department.

        The gas insulated substation, will be the first-of-its-kind to be installed in the state. A major structure of the high-voltage substation will be insulated in a sealed gas environment. “It will not be exposed to air and water or any natural calamity and will ensure regular power supply,” the official said.

        The Goa Infrastructure Development Corporation is working on a two-phase project at Patto which includes the gas insulated substation kiosk and a multi-storied building which will house the electricity department. These will replace the existing power substation at EDC. The new substation is also expected to cater to the future needs of the city and surrounding areas.

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          Government starts felling coconut trees on Guirim-Socorro highway stretch

          TNN | Sep 10, 2018, 07:55 IST

          Heaps of mud have been excavated and coconut trees chopped at the Guirim cross junction for road-widening work

          SALIGAO: Environmental activists are up in arms after authorities have started felling coconut trees along the Guirim-Socorro stretch of national highway 66 for expansion of the highway at Porvorim.

          Activists have also pointed out that Porvorim MLA Rohan Khaunte and Fatorda MLA Vijai Sardesai had protested against the cutting of coconut trees on the beautiful palm-lined stretch when they were in the opposition, but both are now part of the government as cabinet ministers and are nowhere on the scene to protect the trees.

          TOI observed that heaps of mud have been excavated and coconut trees have been chopped at the Guirim cross junction for undertaking the expansion work of the national highway using earthmoving machinery.

          Activists have threatened to launch a protest soon to remind all politicians, including Khaunte and Sardessai, who promised to protect the trees to stand by their promise.

          “We have been fooled by this government. They promised to save the Guirim coconut trees as part of our heritage,” said coordinator, Goa Green Brigade, Avertino Miranda.

          “We want the government to investigate the illegal cutting of the trees or we will be forced to come onto the streets,” he added.

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            CCP to PWD: Keep us in loop about sewerage works

            TNN | Sep 10, 2018, 03:19 IST

            Panaji: The Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) has requested the public works department (PWD) to keep it informed about sewerage works being carried out in the capital.

            The CCP has also requested the department for a holistic plan on the sewerage network in the city.

            The corporation is often at the receiving end of complaints regarding digging for sewerage work or overflowing chambers during the monsoon, and hence, has asked the department for a detailed list of all areas where sewerage works have been completed, areas where it is yet to be completed and proposed work.

            A number of meetings were held between CCP and PWD officials over the matter. While PWD submitted information on the various stages of sewerage work, the corporation has asked that the piecemeal information be incorporated into a large comprehensive map.

            It has also asked PWD to keep it in the loop with regard to any work in its jurisdiction so that CCP will have answers to questions and complaints from citizens.

            Around 80% of the city has sewerage lines in place. However, these are yet to be set up along the St Inez nullah and at wards 29 and 30 at Ribandar where people are presently using septic tanks.

            At Aivao too, authorities have encountered technical difficulties in connecting the sewerage line, a CCP official said. At low-lying areas, PWD is proposing to use vacuum sewerage technology.

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              Arterial Bicholim-Sakhali road a danger for motorists

              TNN | Sep 10, 2018, 03:16 IST

              Bicholim: Despite being repaired numerous times, an 8-km stretch of NH-17 from Bicholim to Sakhali has become a virtual death trap for two-wheeler riders and pedestrians. While its last major restoration project was carried out at Rs 4.6 crore around seven years ago, citizens say it has had to be repaired as many times since. Its hotmix carpet, meanwhile, continues to erode, and the gaping potholes that develop have led to several minor accidents. Motorists have even complained of punctured tyres, skidding vehicles and health issues like lower back pain.

              A social activist from Sakhali, Santosh Chari, said proposals to widen the entire stretch also seem to be going nowhere. “Some shops along the route were removed to make way for widening, but only certain parts of the road were broadened. The resulting bottlenecks in the other areas, coupled with the road’s dilapidated condition, have been inconveniencing motorists, many of whom use the route on a daily basis,” he says.

              Chari also said last year, the public works department (PWD) chose to repair the road during the monsoon instead of before it. During Ganesh Chaturthi, the government had spent Rs 16 lakh to repair one side of the road after citizens protested by erecting a flag in each pothole. The effort, however, proved futile. Two months later, during Diwali, the pothole-ridden road had to be hotmixed again. There has been no intervention since then.

              Bicholim’s PWD executive engineer (roads) Rajendra Naik, said, “All the four subdivisions have sent proposals for road repair to the finance department. Estimates have also been prepared, but we have not received any work order so far, making it difficult for us to proceed.”

              He said hotmixing of the stretch was likely to begin in November. “At present, there is no alternative than to patch up potholes with crushed stones and tar.”

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                Motorists unlikely to be charged toll for use of new Zuari bridge

                TNN | Sep 11, 2018, 03:36 IST

                Panaji: Officials of the public works department (PWD) maintain that a decision is yet to be taken on whether toll should be charged from commuters for use of the new Zuari bridge, once it is ready. But, according to sources, the state government has clearly indicated to the central government right from the start that no toll would be charged for use of the new Zuari bridge from users.

                “At a meeting, central government officials have been informed that no toll would be taken from commuters for use of the new Zuari bridge, once it is ready, as many Goans regularly travel from south Goa to north Goa and vice-versa. And charging a toll would be an inconvenience to them,” said the source.

                A toll plaza has been part of the project from the conceptualisation stage. Accordingly, a toll plaza is being constructed by the project contractor Dilip Buildcon Ltd as per the brief provided to them. But a toll is unlikely to be charged.

                Unlike in the case of other central government-funded bridge and road projects in the country, in the case of the new Zuari bridge, this is the only route linking north and south Goa. As there is no alternative route and with the number of locals commuting on the route daily, charging a toll is being seen as infeasible. “The bridge is still under construction.

                The issue of toll has not yet been discussed,” said principal chief engineer, PWD, Uttam Parsekar.

                All central government-funded projects usually make provision for a toll plaza and, once the project is ready, a fee is charged to recover the huge construction costs that have gone into constructing it. The new Zuari bridge is also an ambitious project. The central government is spending over Rs 1,500 crore for construction of the new Zuari bridge project.

                This is excluding the cost involved in land acquistion of the project.

                The project will see the bridge’s approach road begin from near the Bambolim cross on the north Goa side and end at Verna industrial estate on the south Goa side .

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                  Portion of old house crashes, couple injured

                  TNN | Sep 11, 2018, 03:47 IST

                  Bicholim: A couple from Chinch-Bhatwadi in Mayem, Bicholim, was injured after a portion their dilapidated house came crashing down on Sunday afternoon.

                  However, their three-year-old granddaughter has escaped unhurt.

                  According to available information, the house belongs to Madhukar Babu Shirodkar (57). He and his wife Madhvi (46) were inside the house when the incident occurred.

                  When the duo realized the house was about to collapse, they pushed their granddaughter, Kavya, who was with them, out of the room. The couple were severely injured when a portion of the tiled roof fell on them. Both were rushed to the public health centre in Bicholim from where they shifted to the district hospital, Mapusa.

                  While Madhukar is undergoing treatment, Madhvi was discharged after being provided primary medical care.

                  Former Mayem sarpanch Subhash Kinalkar has urged the state government to provide financial help to the needy family.

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                    Meet on road safety, better transport held in S Goa

                    TNN | Sep 11, 2018, 03:49 IST

                    Margao: A meeting of the South Goa District Consumer Protection Council’s road safety and traffic management sub-committee was held at the South Goa police headquarters conference hall on Monday.

                    The meeting was attended by officials of the directorate of transport, traffic police and representatives of consumer forum network, Goa Consumer Action Network (GOACAN).

                    Forum coordinator Roland Martins said, “The meeting is held every alternate month to understand the challenges being faced in terms of road safety and traffic management. There is a need to create awareness among the various stakeholders about the new projects being introduced by the government like mobile apps for better last mile transport and shifting to vehicles utilising alternate fuels such as bio-fuels, solar power and electricity.”

                    “Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently inaugurated a two-day international convention in New Delhi wherein various proposals for improving transport in the country were discussed. The convention was also attended by Goa’s transport director Nikhil Dessai. The NITI Aayog has recommended that each state prepare a strategy document by constituting a task force on mobility for smart towns and cities by collecting views of pedestrians, cyclists and other motorists. Hence, GOACAN has started it’s two-year initiative for comfortable, affordable and efficient bus transport wherein village-based forums and welfare clubs will organise programmes across the state,” said Martins.

                    Replying to a query regarding immediate redressal of public transportation complaints and accountability of officials, Martins said, “Such complaints can now be addressed to the state consumer affairs department for redressal.

                    The meeting is held every alternate month to understand the challenges being faced in terms of road safety and traffic management, said a GOACAN member


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                      ‘Mapusa civic chief must learn from Digambar’

                      TNN | Sep 12, 2018, 03:51 IST

                      Panaji: Minister for public works department Ramkrishna ‘Sudin’ Dhavalikar on Tuesday asked chairperson of Mapusa Municipal Council, Ryan Braganza, to follow the example of opposition MLA from Margao, Digambar Kamat.

                      Dhavalikar told Braganza to move door-to-door in Mapusa to convince residents about the benefits of the sewerage treatment plant being set up in the town like Kamat had successfully done in Margao.

                      “The work of laying the pipeline connections to the plant will begin by September 15. Someone has written to me opposing it. Some MLAs are also opposing such projects. That is why I request the municipality that they should come forward and convince people proactively, the way Kamat has, the Navelim MLA has, or others like in Fatorda and Curtorim. They have gone door-to-door to convince people,” said Dhavalikar.

                      He said that while a 6.5MLD plant has already been constructed, another additional one, to meet the demand of the town, is already in the pipeline. Dhavalikar said that Mapusa will be in a bad shape 15 years down the line if it is not given a sewerage treatment system now.

                      “If we do not go door-to-door to convince the people, the 5,000 people expected to take the connections, will not come forward. The work of tendering has started and Rs 10 crore has been allotted for the work to begin with,” Dhavalikar said.

                      “These days, there is criticism of the government, that it is not functional. Just like the CM works, other ministers also work. The previous Congress government had issued tenders for these works like the sewerage network, but could not finalise them from 2008, for nearly three years,” he said.

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