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    Govt now gets powers to restore eco-sensitive lands

    Panaji: The Goa government has notified the Goa Land Revenue Code (Amendment) Act, 2018, which empowers the collector to initiate action without notice to clear any reclamation of low-lying area, khazan land or land under coastal regulation zone. The bill vesting powers in the collector’s office to initiate quick action against persons carrying out landfilling in water bodies and ecologically sensitive areas had been passed in the Goa legislative assembly recently.

    The collector, after receiving a report from town and country planning department or Goa coastal zone management authority, can immediately restore the reclaimed area to its original position and recover any cost incurred in the exercise from the party or parties concerned, as arrears of land revenue,” the notification states.

    The notification has received mixed reaction from activists, who alleged that law enforcing agencies have often shown apathy in initiating action in some cases of land-filling and hill cutting in the past.

    “Now, authorities will have power to restore everything it to its original condition,” said Kashinath Shetye, a social activist.

    Various complaints have been lodged about the rampant land-filling in the stretches between Panaji and Ribandar and other parts of Goa. A contempt petition filed by Aires Rodrigues regarding the dumping of mud in low-lying fields and flood plain of River Mandovi is also pending before the high court.

    Social media was abuzz. Activists expressed surprise that a law envisaging restoration of a reclaimed area had been enacted. “We only hope it will be implemented in toto,” a netizen said.

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      Illegal development: Locals to file plaint

      TNN | Sep 24, 2018, 03:50 IST

      Margao: The issue of illegally developed plots figured prominently in the gram sabha of the Sao Jose de Areal panchayat held on Sunday. A resolution was passed to file a police complaint against all plot developers who have failed to take approvals from the town and country planning (TCP) department and other statutory bodies.

      Pointing out that electricity poles were erected in the village without any work order being issued by the power department, the gram sabha decided to register another police complaint against the department’s executive engineer concerned.

      Gram sabha members also expressed their disapproval over the panchayat’s inaction on the order to demolish scrapyards in the village, passed by the deputy collector in February. Several villagers also alleged that the panchayat was shielding some illegal scrapyards.

      They also vehemently objected to the resolution passed at the panchayat meeting that stone crushers set up in comunidade land be exempted from obtaining approvals from TCP department. They supported their statnce saying if the crushers are exempted from TCP approvals, then by the same logic, the houses should also be exempted from such requirement. It was thus decided that the resolution passed earlier be nullified, as it was in violation of the Panchayat Raj Act.

      It was also decided to have a joint inspection of the Goa Carbon factory in the area, conducted by the panchayat and the Goa State Pollution Control Board, over complaints of pollution.









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        70% construction done on Talpona, Galgibaga bridges

        TNN | Sep 24, 2018, 03:47 IST

        Panaji: Seventy per cent of construction on the much-awaited Galgibaga-Talpona bridges has been completed. The announcement has been made by the chief minister’s office. The twin bridges were to be completed by December last year, but the deadline could not be met.

        There is no bridge over the two rivers presently.

        The Galgibaga and Talpona bridges are part of the Char Rasta to Maxem bypass. The entire bypass, running from Char Rasta in Canacona town to Maxem, is expected to reduce travel distance by 15km.

        The 7.7-km bypass will include three bridges; one each over the Talpona (450m), the Galgibaga (500m) and the Maxem (130m).

        The bypass is an elevated route that will serve as an expressway of sorts and will have three vehicular underpasses, 17 piped culverts and four box culverts.

        The people worst affected by the absence of this bypass live along the Galgibaga and Talpona rivers. For now, they have to cross using a motorboat, a service that shuts by 7pm. And in case of any emergencies beyond this time, they are forced to take the lengthy route by road, via Poinguinim, to get help.

        The government had conceptualised the bypass as early as the 1980s and had acquired land for the project in 1989. Work, however, was not pursued for various reasons until 2015.

        The project, estimated to be worth Rs 297 crore, is currently being carried out by contractor M V Rao, with funding from the Union ministry of road transport and highways. The Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation is the supervising authority.

        The elevation of the bypass was conceptualised primarily as the current road stretch passes through a mix of developed areas, hilly terrains and forested patches, making widening difficult.








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          Ensure stormwater drains are not covered, GSPCB told

          TNN | Sep 24, 2018, 03:10 IST

          Panaji: The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has directed the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) to ensure that stormwater drains are not covered but are de-silted and kept clean.

          The CPCP also directed the GSPCB to coordinate and direct local authorities like the department of town and country planning to ensure compliance.

          The CPCB said stormwater drains ought to be kept open. However, most of these drains are covered, thereby causing flooding and pollution. Untreated sewage continues to flow into most of the drains, and this finally finds its way into rivers, the board said. CPCB said de-silting and drain cleaning works get adversely affected when storm water drains are covered. “No sewage, solid waste, and C & D (construction and demolition) waste should be put in storm water drains,” the board said. “These drains should be encroachment-free.”

          CPCB, in a letter to GSPCB, said that water quality monitoring carried outat 1,275 locations covering 445 rivers revealed that 718 locations did not meet water quality criteria with respect to BOD (biochemical oxygen demand) and decal coliform bacteria.

          The water quality assessment has further indicated that there are 302 polluted river stretches on 275 rivers, which are along 35 metropolitan cities and 615 other urban centres. “Sewage and domestic waste released through storm water drains have been identified to be among the contributing factors leading to exceedance of criteria pollutants in downstream stretches or rivers passing through urban centres,” the CPCB said










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            Nightclub ordered to raze illegalities

            TNN | Sep 24, 2018, 07:07 IST



            PANAJI: Goa coastal zone management authority (GCZMA) has directed owners of a waterfront night club at Vaddy, Siolim, to demolish all illegal structures and restore the site to its original condition.

            The coastal authority, at its recent meeting, finally issued the order to clear the site with concrete flooring, jetty and swimming pool constructed by the owners without its permission on the southern banks of River Chapora.

            The order follows persistent efforts for nearly six years by Anthony D’Souza of Vaddy Nagrik Samiti, who had first lodged a complaint dated April 3, 2013, alleging that the setting up of the nightclub ‘Teso Waterfront’ in survey number 301/1 and adjoining areas had violated the Coastal Regulations Zone (CRZ), 1991, notification.

            After an expert members’ committee inspected the site on April 1, 2015, the report submitted by it confirmed 11 structures of various dimensions, including a bar-and-restaurant and also rooms in a no-development zone.

            The owners had claimed that three structures existed prior to 1991 before the CRZ notification came into force. A small water tank had been converted into a swimming pool and the internal flooring comprised laterite masonry.

            But after thorough discussion, GCZMA issued the order for demolition after hearing both parties, as directed by the national green tribunal. The use of concrete and stone indicated that the structures were not of temporary nature, as claimed.

            The owner had also obtained some permissions, except GCZMA’s approval.







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              Eco-friendly Ganesha idols show the way in Marcel

              Suraj P Kaisuvker | TNN | Updated: Sep 25, 2018, 07:02 IST


              Over three months, artisans used 300kg of yellow peas to create the entire scenario with Ganesha standing on a... Read More

              PONDA: Glittering eco-friendly idols of Lord Ganesha with rows of fairy lights and an infectious religious fervour lead visitors to Marcel, a small town in Ponda taluka during Chaturthi season, for over a decade-and-a-half now. The village witnesses a huge rush of visitors during the 21 days of celebration paying homage to the elephant-headed God and admiring the creativity of several artists.
              Over the years, Ganesh Chaturthi, locally known as ‘chovoth’, has turned into an ideal opportunity for many local artists to showcase their unique talents.

              Marcel has emerged as a hotbed of creativity with numerous artists using mostly eco-friendly and recycled materials to create their idols. Most of these artistes are untrained enthusiasts and amateurs who aim to nurture their creativity through these depictions of their beloved God.

              Locals say it was Namdev Tari from Sai Kala Mandal at Tariwada-Marcela, who pioneered the concept that is now followed by other groups. Tari said he was inspired by life-sized idols popular in Belgavi, Karnataka, and several parts of Maharashtra. “Most idols were made of plaster of paris. So, I thought, why not make such idols using environment-friendly materials and in 2001, made an idol using coconuts. That was the beginning,” he says.

              Over the years, Tari has created idols using an array of easily available materials liek beetle nuts, spices, flowers, shendur (orange vermillion), durva (thin shoots of grass used for Ganesh puja), pieces of tiles and pieces of wood. This year, the Sai Kala Mandal used sago (sabudana) to create a 12-foot idol portraying the samadhi sthal of Saibaba in Shirdi.

              It took the group over two months to complete the creation costing Rs 50,000. “We raise funds through collections in fund boxes and donations. The artistes, all local youth, work for free,” Tari added.

              In 2003, Tari’s idea was adopted by the Mallinath Sports and Kala Mandal. The group also ensured that it found ways to recycle the material used to create the idol. In 2014, the mandal arranged nine differently sized sky lamps made of fine cloth in the shape of Lord Ganesha.

              The Vithoba Sanskrutik Mandal at Bazarwada started following the concept since 2004. Three years ago, it made a two-metre tall idol in the form of Malhar of Jejuri, Maharashtra. Sculptor Omkar Narvekar had created the idol using 20kg raw turmeric roots fitted with wet ‘pinjar’ on molded paper board. So far, the mandal has made idols of wax, cotton, ropes and rubble.

              However, the Mallinath and Vithoba mandals have discontinued creating idols since the last three years.

              Another idol named “Shree Deepam Ganesh”, created by Navelkar brothers, Girish and Sanjay, was created arranging 2,000 traditional mud lamps. This could be the cheapest idol as the duo claimed to have spent only about Rs 25,000.

              Members of Shree Shantadurga Prasadik Kshatriya Maratha Ganesh festival at Kumbharjua used materials like coconut shells, bamboo, cloth and special black clay from Kolhapur and shells of green mussels, to create their idols. They once fashioned an idol by arranging musical instruments, while another idol had ears of corn.

              Suraj Tari and Ajinkya Phadte took the lead this year by making an idol using peas. “It took us over three months and about 300kg of yellow peas to create the entire scenario with Ganesha standing on a cobra wrapped around Lord Shiva’s neck,” one of them said, adding they spent over Rs 2 lakh to create the idol.








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                Garbage bins back on Colva beach stretch

                TNN | Sep 25, 2018, 03:22 IST

                Colva: Days after TOI highlighted the curious case of missing garbage bins along the Colva-Benaulim beach stretch, the waste bins have been replaced but only at strategic points.

                “Replacement of the bins at every 100 metres is on,” said beach cleaning supervisor Shivanand Arjunharijan.

                On September 20, TOI had drawn the attention of the tourism department to the fact that garbage bins along the Colva-Benaulim stretch in Salcete had disappeared for almost three weeks, forcing tourists and locals to litter the four kilometer stretch of beach with waste and refuse.

                Acting on the report, the garbage bins were replaced at selective stops on the beach; at the main Colva beach and at the entrance of Sernabatim beach. But there are no bins in between this stretch.

                Personel of the Dhristi beach-cleaning team were also seen along the beach stretch. However, the labourers employed were picking up items like glass pieces and flinging it into the shrubbery. When one of the labourers was questioned she chose to remain silent. This was brought to the notice of cleaning supervisor and he said he would direct his personnel not to dispose off such items in the open.










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                  ‘No more water woes for Navelim’

                  TNN | Sep 25, 2018, 03:07 IST

                  Margao: Navelim Congress MLA Luizinho Faleiro on Monday ruled out any water scarcity problems in Navelim for the next 10 years.

                  Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the ‘Shramdaan Swachhata Hi Seva Sabhas’ held in coordination with the government primary schools and ‘anganwadis’ at the Telaulim and Navelim village panchayats on Monday morning, Faleiro said, “In place of the 150mm pipeline, I brought two 300mm pipelines with six kg pressure and connected them to the existing network. I have released only two kg pressure. If you release six kg pressure, all the existing network of pipelines will burst, so there is no shortage today and there won’t be any shortage for 10 years. Another 300 mm pipeline will be implemented maybe in October so we will have enough of water.”








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                    HC takes note of construction work near turtle nesting sites

                    TNN | Sep 25, 2018, 03:06 IST

                    Panaji: High court of Bombay at Goa has directed the forest department to provide details of any assessment carried out on the impact of construction activity near the turtle nesting site on Morjim beach.

                    Expressing desire to ascertain the position regarding disturbance to the nesting of marine turtle, the division bench comprising Justice N M Jamdar and Justice Prithviraj K Chavan noted that the central government has identified the vulnerability of marine turtles and their dependence on undisturbed beaches for nesting.

                    A public interest petition filed by voluntary organisation Goa Foundation pertains to a project site that is about 700m away from the turtle nesting site.

                    The southern corner of Morjim beach is a designated turtle nesting site.

                    However, nesting occurs sporadically and eggs are often shifted to the nursery at the southern end.

                    The bench observed that only the distance between the construction and the turtle nesting site has been placed on record. “The turtle nesting area is not a historical monument that the distance can be the only criteria. Large scale construction close to the turtle nesting site may cause vibrations, noise, employ artificial lights. There might be movement of regular and casual work force in and around the area,” the judges observed taking cognisance of possible increase in vehicular traffic and the impact on the site of all these disturbances.

                    The issue of the project had been raised at the 179th meeting of Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority, recently. There is no buffer zone for the nesting site, at present, the coastal authority was informed.

                    While granting a week’s time to Goa Foundation to amend the petition to join the forest department as a respondent in the plea, the bench fixed the matter next on October 1.









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                      Goa: Locals to file plaint against illegal plot development in Sao Jose de Areal

                      A resolution was passed to file a police complaint against all plot developers who have failed to take approvals from the town and country planning (TCP) departmentTNN | September 24, 2018, 18:00 IST




                      MARGAO: The issue of illegally developed plots figured prominently in the gram sabha of the Sao Jose de Areal panchayat held on Sunday.

                      A resolution was passed to file a police complaint against all plot developers who have failed to take approvals from the town and country planning (TCP) department and other statutory bodies.

                      Pointing out that electricity poles were erected in the village without any work order being issued by the power department, the gram sabha decided to register another police complaint against the department’s executive engineer concerned.

                      Gram sabha members also expressed their disapproval over the panchayat’s inaction on the order to demolish scrapyards in the village, passed by the deputy collector in February. Several villagers also alleged that the panchayat was shielding some illegal scrapyards.

                      They also vehemently objected to the resolution passed at the panchayat meeting that stone crushers set up in comunidade land be exempted from obtaining approvals from TCP department.

                      They supported their stance saying if the crushers are exempted from TCP approvals, then by the same logic, the houses should also be exempted from such requirement. It was thus decided that the resolution passed earlier be nullified, as it was in violation of the Panchayat Raj Act.

                      It was also decided to have a joint inspection of the Goa Carbon factory in the area, conducted by the panchayat and the Goa State Pollution Control Board, over complaints of pollution.










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