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    Goa government appoints REPL as adviser to set-up IT park in Chimbel

    REPL has been selected as a consultant for the project by Info Tech Corporation of Goa (ITG), the state government’s nodal agency for implementing the project.ETRealty | November 26, 2018, 19:00 IST

    NEW DELHI: Goa government has apppointed Rudrabhishek Enterprises (REPL), a Delhi-based urban development & infrastructure consultancy as adviser to set-up a proposed IT/ITeS park in the Chimbel village.

    REPL has been selected as a consultant for the project by Info Tech Corporation of Goa(ITG), the state government’s nodal agency for implementing the project.

    In the first phase, ITG will work on a 1,33,100 sq meter area, proposed to be built as start-up village.

    REPL will be responsible for preparing conceptual plans, architectural and engineering drawings and detailed estimates for the proposed park.

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      Sewage, garbage destroying Valvonti river

      Rajendra P Kerkar | TNN | Nov 29, 2018, 09:52 IST

      The Goa Human Rights Commission had taken suo moto cognisance of the increasing encroachment and pollution in the Valvonti river

      KERI: The Valvonti is getting increasingly polluted and responsible for this are various anthropogenic activities undertaken without taking note of environmental norms, activists said after inspecting a stretch of the river from Tulshimala to Keri.

      Valvanti Sanvardhan Abhiyan, a newly constituted voluntary organisation, which conducted the inspection on November 18, visited various spots along the Valvonti that are badly affected due to dumping of garbage, releasing of untreated sewage water, open defection, washing of clothes and vehicles, among other factors.

      Local volunteer Ramdas Shetkar told TOI, “The Valvonti is our lifeline. The water treatment plants at Sakhali and Padoshe are using this river to supply drinking water to Sattari and Bicholim talukas.

      However, increasing levels of pollution have badly affected the river’s water quality. The government has to take necessary mitigation measures as early as possible.”

      Following an awareness drive undertaken by some villagers and reports appearing in newspapers about the Valvonti’s degraded water quality Goa Human Rights Commission had taken suo moto cognisance of the increasing encroachment and pollution in the Valvonti river.

      On November 23, member of the commission A D Salkar directed secretaries of village panchayats of Keri, Morle, Poriem and the directorate of panchayats and health services, WRD chief engineer and member secretary of Goa State Pollution Control Board to file a detailed report.

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        Industry pushes for GIDC to go online to ease procedures

        TNN | Nov 30, 2018, 03:25 IST

        Verna: Industry leaders had three members of the BJP-led coalition government squirming as they outlined a list of grievances that for a number of years had stalled or throttled industrial growth. From water supply and power connections to land acquisition and ease of doing business, the list of problems put power minister Nilesh Cabral and IT minister Rohan Khaunte in a tough spot.

        Speaking at the 17th annual general meeting of the Verna Industries Association (VIA), president of VIA Damodar Kochkar questioned why the Goa Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) could not commence online approval systems.

        “It is high time that GIDC goes online,” Kochkar said in a candid expression of the industry’s grievance before GIDC chairman Glenn Ticlo, who was also present at the meeting. “Why should an industrialist travel all the way to Panaji with a pen drive to deliver a document, print it and then get it signed?”

        Kochkar said that while several positive steps had been taken by GIDC and the department of industries to encourage entrepreneurs, certain procedural issues persisted.

        “Chief minister Manohar Parrikar had promised a year ago that rates of raw water would be reduced but till date nothing has happened,” Kochkar said. “GIDC also takes three months to sign the lease, sub-lease and transfer agreements.”

        Ticlo accepted that niggling issues remained and said that he had spoken to Parrikar to resolve the issues. “I will ensure that the lease agreements are signed quickly,” he added.

        Responding to the demand for reduction in raw water supply rates, Ticlo said that though GIDC had sent the proposal to the water resources department, the proposal had been rejected. Industries currently pay Rs 25 per cubic meter of raw water while the cost for pumping water from bore wells comes to Rs 6 per cubic meter and Rs 2 per cubic meter during the monsoons.

        VIA urged the state government to immediately set up the long-pending demand for an employee’s state insurance hospital in the Verna industrial estate along with a waste management facility.

        “The plot has been identified and demarcated and if the government cannot start it then VIA is ready to collect and process the waste,” Kochkar said.

        The industrialist said that power shortages continued to plague local industrial units and the forced shutdowns affected output.

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          Drishti resumes beach cleaning, but with riders

          TNN | Nov 30, 2018, 03:26 IST

          Panaji: Although Drishti Marine resumed its beach cleaning services from Monday, the firm said it has accepted the government’s proposal for comprehensive cleanliness management on North and South Goa’s beaches only conditionally. The tourism department has asked Drishti to continue its beach cleaning services till March 31, 2019.

          In its acceptance letter, Drishti clarified that they had neither bid for the work nor are they satisfied with the payment rates offered. They also said they agreed to work only because of the dire conditions of the beaches, on which the state’s entire tourism industry depends.

          It also said none of the issues mentioned in its communication dated November 12 have been resolved. These issues had made them stop work earlier this month.

          Company officials said they resumed work following personal assurances from chief minister Manohar Parrikar, tourism minister Manohar Azgaonkar and chief secretary Dharmesh Sharma. “We are accepting the work on a best effort basis and cannot be held as defaulters and be subject to black listing and other government action if we are unable to financially or operationally sustain the service due to delay in resolution of our issues,” said Navin Awashthi, vice-president of Drishti Marine, in his letter addressed to the government.

          Urging the government to pay its dues amounting to Rs 12.87 crore, the company said it has borrowed resources required to commence the work, and will not able to sustain beyond one month if their arrears are not cleared.

          It has also sought a 10% increase for services in its beach cleaning contract to combat inflation and increase in labour costs. The rates, the letter said, were decided upon costs prevalent in 2017. Even the extremely restrictive new beach cleaning tender allows for an increment of 7%.

          It also pointed out that segregation areas are needed at six locations in the state and has also requested police protection to ensure the safety of their personnel.

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            Garbage outside Colva panchayat raises eyebrows

            TNN | Nov 30, 2018, 03:27 IST

            Colva: A potential health hazard could be in the making as a large quantity of dumped garbage has been lying unattended outside the Colva panchayat for the past four days.

            Despite the presence of two schools, a bank and a church located in the vicinity, the waste that has been Jdumped by the roadside continues to be an eyesore for scores of visitors who frequent the area.

            On Tuesday, panchayats minister Mauvin Godinho had lauded the South Goa zilla panchayat for launching the third stage of ‘Swachh Bharat’ and ‘Nitol Goem’ programme at a function held in Margao.

            However, ironically, during the same function, Colva ZP member Nelly Rodrigues highlighted the garbage issue in her area, stating that the roadside waste could lead to an epidemic. She also said that there was a need for people to change their mindset.

            The government middle school shares a common gate with the panchayat office. Besides, the Infant Jesus church is located across the approach road to the panchayat office. Students of the church school as well as the government school use the church compound for their recreational activities.

            One panch member said that the elected representatives should have been prompt in clearing the garbage as dead animals have also been decomposing in the dump. .

            Sarpanch Anthony Fernandes said that the waste was dumped after a parishioner get together was held on November 25.

            He also said that it was the garbage collector’s responsibility to clear the waste, and assured that this will be done within two days. He also levelled allegations that some opposition members were themselves dumping the waste to malign his name and that of the panchayat.

            Another panch member, on condition of anonymity, said that had there been any opposition to the sarpanch, the same members would have moved a ‘no-confidence motion’. The member also claimed that the contractor has stopped lifting waste as dues for the last six months were yet to be be paid.


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              High court seeks government reply on TCP’s zone change

              TNN | Nov 30, 2018, 05:30 IST

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              PANAJI: The high court has sought a reply from the government on a public interest litigation challenging rules that provides for an application form to effect change in zones under the Goa Town and Country Planning Act.

              The petitioners have stated that the provisions vest arbitrary, unguided and absolute powers in the respondents to effect changes in the zonal categorisation under the regional plan based on individual requests from interested private parties, therefore defeating the purpose of planned development to citizens.

              The petition is filed challenging the powers of section 16B of the Goa Town and Country Planning Act, 1974 which was inserted through the Goa Town and Country Planning (Amendment) Act, 2018 in October this year, along with the Goa Town and Country Planning (Change of Zone in the Regional Plan) Rules, 2018 which provides for an application form to effect changes in zones.

              The court directed that notices be sent to the town and country planning department and board to file its reply in the matter.

              The petition also challenges the legality of the proviso to Regulation 6.1.1(d) of the Goa Land Development and Building Construction Regulations, 2010.

              The petition filed by Goa Bachao Abhiyan and Goa Foundation also challenges the word ‘zone’ in the building regulations, and states that it is ambiguous, repugnant and allows for misleading interpretations, allowing arbitrary land use changes in plot to plot basis. It has also prayed for interim relief of staying any decisions taken by the TCP board with regard to any applications made under section 16B of the TCP act until final disposal of the petition.


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                Change orchard land zone before January 1 or face FIR: Vijai Sardesai

                TNN | Updated: Nov 30, 2018, 05:35 IST

                Town and country planning minister Vijai Sardesai.

                PANAJI: Town and country planning minister Vijai Sardesai on Thursday announced that individuals who had purchased plots in orchard zone and who had constructed on the land, have till January 1, 2019 to apply for conversion. Failure to apply for conversion under Section 16B of the Town and Country Planning (TCP) Act would attract criminal proceedings said the minister on Thursday.

                “Those who have bought orchard plots, they should come and apply before January 1, 2019 for conversion or else from January 1, TCP will file FIRs against those who do not get their process done legally,” said Sardesai.

                At the Thursday’s board meeting, 17 applicants who had purchased subdivided plots of orchard land had approached TCP seeking conversion of their land to settlement under the recent notification which stipulated the rates for change of zone from orchard to settlement. “Nobody is supposed to change land zones in violation of the regional plan, but then there are many people who bought land not knowing the regulations or they were cheated into believing that conversion is permitted,” a senior TCP official said.

                Sardesai explained that the TCP department was giving applicants one month to regularize any illegal construction on orchard land or if someone wanted to develop on orchard land. “The law is already there so TCP can act even tomorrow, but we are giving some gap or time to people to come and officially apply for zone change under the new notification and amendment,” he said. Eighteen applications for zone change, largely from religious and educational institutions, were approved.

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                  ‘House tax collection could be outsourced’

                  TNN | Dec 1, 2018, 03:39 IST

                  Panaji: Struggling to realise the house tax collections that are due to the Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP), commissioner Ajit Roy suggested that the council could explore the Jharkhand model where house tax collection has been outsourced to a private agency, a move that has seen revenue of municipal bodies in Jharkhand increase.

                  He pointed out that while the projected house tax collection for CCP stood at Rs 16 crore, CCP, which has just one recovery officer, has been able to collect just Rs 12 crore. Over the past few years, CCP’s house tax collection hovered around Rs 10-12 crores.

                  No decision, however, was taken at the meeting. tnn

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                    Calangute and Candolim land plan notified

                    TNN | Dec 1, 2018, 03:44 IST

                    Panaji: Notwithstanding objections, the North Goa Planning and Development Authority (NGPDA) on Friday notified the outline development plan (ODP) 2025 for Calangute-Candolim. Copies of the plan are available for public inspection at the Arpora-Nagoa, Calangute and Candolim panchayats, and also at the NGPDA office in Mala, Panaji.

                    NGPDA member-secretary, R K Pandita, said the ODP had been notified under Section 37(1) of the Town and Country Planning Act. “The ODP shall be subject to the provisions of the Goa Land Development and Building Regulations, 2010, as amended from time to time,” Pandita said in the notification.

                    With spaces earmarked for parking, rainwater harvesting and educational institutions in comunidade land, the ODP has even allocated an area for solid waste management. Critics, however, have argued that the plan allows for construction of hotels in eco-sensitive zones. The Calangute-Candolim ODP 2025 was submitted to the TCP board for consideration under Section 36 of the TCP Act, and was subsequently approved at a board meeting held on October 15. Official government sanction was conveyed by chief town planner, Rajesh Naik, on Wednesday, following which the plan was notified.

                    Villagers of Candolim and Calangute have been demanding that the plan be scrapped and that the entire coastal tourist belt be denotified as a planning area.

                    TCP minister Vijai Sardesai has, however, refused to accede to this demand.


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                      Goa Velha mega project will get TCP notice: Vijai Sardesai

                      TNN | Dec 1, 2018, 07:31 IST

                      Town and country (TCP) planning minister Vijai Sardesai.

                      PANAJI: Town and country (TCP) planning minister Vijai Sardesai on Friday inspected a residential complex coming up at Goa Velha and sought all documents regarding the project.

                      Acting on the grievances of local residents and local MLA Francisco Silveira, Sardesai said that he would issue a show cause notice to the project proponent and would take a decision on the matter in another 8-10 days.

                      “The point is this, Pilar is a heritage monument and there should have been a buffer,” Sardesai said. “This buffer has not been kept and instead the builder has built the project rampantly.”

                      Though the TCP minister refrained from taking a decision, he said that prima facie, certain rules appear to be flouted. He ordered the TCP department officials to scrutinize the plans and to identify if any violations had been committed.

                      “We will go completely into the process to see if the hill cutting permission has been adhered to and if there is the slightest fault, this project is going to be stopped. We will check contours and everything. They have permission, but the permissions may have been obtained fraudulently,” Sardesai said.

                      Locals and priests from the Pilar monastery have objected to the residential project. The issue was brought up in the last session of the state legislative assembly and Sardesai had given an assurance that he would look into the project.

                      Silveira has demanded that the technical clearance given by the TCP department to the project should be revoked.

                      “It is a sensitive area and it is close to the religious site. They have taken an approval to construct a mega project with 350 flats. This will create a disturbance and future law and order problems,” Silveira said, adding that water scarcity was also a problem for the local residents.

                      “There was clear collusion between the builder and the powers that be in the department,” he said.


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