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    Uncollected waste raises stink in Canacona, civic body denies

    TNN | Dec 10, 2018, 03:04 IST

    Poinguinim: Piles of uncollected garbage along the internal beach areas of Palolem, Patnem and Colomb in Canacona taluka is creating a nuisance, as the local municipality has stopped gathering the waste since the last two days.

    The piles of garbage was lying in some places, as shack owners in private areas could not hand it over to the workers of Canacona municipal council (CMC) who have not turned up on their rounds. A few labourers engaged by Goenkar, a voluntary organisation, continue to gather the waste in some areas near the coastal belt, along NH66 and around the town. “We are collecting it, packing and storing it in some places,” Jack Fernandes, president of Goenkar said. They had alleged that Rajue Dessai, chief officer, CMC had not cooperated with them in providing a vehicle to transport the gathered waste to the garbage treatment plant at Dumanem last week.

    Angry members of Goenkar had then dumped a few bags outside his cabin. But he was not present, as he had left for Panaji for official work. A CMC staff member had filed a police complaint against the members.

    “We are still collecting it, but the situation will be bad in the next few days. How far people can sustain it?” he asked. A CMC official denied that garbage collection has been stopped. “There is an agency and it is going on,” he stated. But he declined to comment further.








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      Taps run dry at GMC after pipe bursts at Cujira

      TNN | Dec 10, 2018, 03:11 IST

      Panaji: The bursting of the main water pipeline due to excavations and piling of huge quantities of mud along NH66 at Cujira, St Cruz resulted in dry taps at Goa Medical College (GMC) and Hospital and adjoining areas.

      The areas of Cacra, Siridao, Bambolim and parts of St Cruz have been facing a water crisis due to repeated cracking of the pipeline during the last few days. Some villagers alleged that haphazard work of putting up mud embankments five to six metres high over the pipeline caused the damage. On Saturday night, it cracked for the fourth time during the last few days due to the pressure of earthen embankment over it.

      “The water spilled over the road and residents had no water on Sunday,” Arturo D’Souza, a local activist said.

      Water supply to GMC, adjoining villages and parts of St Cruz was affected since Saturday night, causing hardship to the people again. A 500-metre stretch of the pipeline was replaced on Sunday, where it was damaged for the second time at the same spot. During last week, other sections were damaged, but the mistakes continued, villagers alleged.

      A public works department (PWD) official said that water was released to GMC to cope with the requirement, and will be normalized shortly. Other consumers in the adjoining area are likely to receive it later. PWD had recommended that the pipeline should be shifted or a new one laid separately before commencing the work, but it was not heeded.

      The national highway authority could not be contacted for a clarification on the issue.








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        Sanitation in Margao to be discussed on December 11

        TNN | Dec 10, 2018, 03:59 IST

        Margao: Taking cognizance of a complaint lodged by GOACAN, a consumer network organisation, over inadequate public toilet facilities and “overcharging” at Sulabh Souchalayas in Margao, deputy collector and sub-divisional magistrate, Salcete, Uday Prabhudessai, has convened a meeting with all stakeholders on December 11.

        On the occasion of World Toilet Day observed last month, GOACAN in the letter to the SDM had underscored the need for increasing the number of public toilets in Margao.

        “You will agree that public toilets today are used by a large number of consumers, especially children, women and senior citizens. It is therefore required that adequate facilities are available at these toilets and the same come under regular supervision by designated officials,” the letter had pointed out.

        Officials of civil supplies and consumer affairs department, Margao Municipal Council, urban health centre will be present.




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          Bambolim planning area: St Cruz says no

          TNN | Dec 12, 2018, 03:45 IST

          Panaji: Residents of St Cruz have demanded exclusion of land from their village, including institutional areas near Goa University and eco-sensitive zones near Bondvoll lake, from the Bambolim planning area.

          Arturo D’Souza of V for St Cruz, a voluntary organisation, told reporters that land surveyed under 46 survey numbers from St Cruz village has been included in Bambolim planning area, while land in only two survey numbers is from Bambolim.

          “Why should it be named Bambolim planning area when the major chunk of the land belongs to St Cruz and why should the jurisdiction be changed,” D’Souza said.

          D’Souza said community land had been given to Goa University for educational purposes, but this has now been included in Bambolim planning area with an eye on lucrative land use change.

          It stands contiguously with privately owned land in five survey numbers, raising suspicion that it was being done to benefit those parties. “The names of the parties are also not shown,” he said.

          Land under five survey numbers in eco-sensitive area of the Bondvoll lake, for which 200m buffer zone had been recommended in a case before the high court of Bombay at Goa, has also been shown as vacant.

          “In RP 2021 it had been shown as eco-sensitive, as it comprises no-development zone, orchard and forest cover,” D’Souza said.









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            Govt may monitor water tankers using GPS

            Gauree Malkarnekar | TNN | Dec 12, 2018, 03:54 IST

            Panaji: The water resources department (WRD) is considering the possibility of installing the Global Positioning Sytem (GPS) on water tankers operating in the state, so that their movement can be monitored centrally. There are around 800 water tankers registered in the state and the WRD is discussing measures to ensure that only a registered source of water is used by the tankers to supply water.

            At a meeting held on Monday at the WRD, the requirement of seeking police protection for WRD officials was also discussed when they will inspect possible cases of illegal water tankers.

            “Usually, water tanker owners also own the source of water like open well etc. But in some cases, the water tanker owner uses a source of water that belongs to someone else. Both the tanker and the source of water has to be registered with the WRD as per the Goa Ground Water Regulation Act 2002 and rules,” said a source. While registering water tankers, the WRD also decides on quantity of water they can draw from the water source they have shown. WRD is also discussing the possibility of asking the water source owners to maintain a log of the number of times the water is drawn by the tanker, which can be corraborated through GPS monitoring.

            The monitoring is expected to ensure that water tankers do not overexploit the water source and do not use contaminated surface water for supply for potable use by consumers.

            Each tanker has a capacity between 500 litres to 700 litres of water and around Rs 600 to Rs 700 is charged on an average to consumers for supply by tanker owners at present.

            Other than registering with the WRD, the tankers also need a licence and a NOC issued every six months by the directorate of health services on suitability of the tanker for carrying potable water. They also require a certificate issued by the Goa State Pollution Control Board on the fitness of the source for potable use. A certificate also needs to be obtained from the directorate of transport that the body of the water tanker transporting potable water has internal stainless steel linings.








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              Despite ample treated water, Goa loses out to old pipelines

              Gauree Malkarnekar | TNN | Updated: Dec 12, 2018, 06:43 IST


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              PANAJI: Although the state produces enough treated water to meets its requirements, as much as 30% is lost before it reaches the consumer. Public works department (PWD) minister Ramkrishna Dhavalikar on Tuesday attributed the cause of this non-revenue water (NRW) to fragile pipelines, some of which, he said, have not been replaced for the past four decades.

              “We still have asbestos cement (AC) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipelines. Some AC pipelines that are 40 years old are still in use. As they are small in diameter, we can release water only at a certain pressure or they will burst,” Dhavalikar said. He explained that stainless steel pipes used in countries like Singapore help retain the quality of treated water in its purest form. “So far in Goa, however, just one pipeline from Margao to Selaulim has been replaced with one that has oxidised coating,” he said.

              The PWD minister projected a cost of Rs 1,600 crore if the state’s entire water pipeline network is to be replaced. “Although the state produces 620MLD of treated water, it does not suffice because our NRW is still 30% in many constituencies. We’ve tried to control the loss with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) project funds, and have been successful in towns like Vasco, Margao, Ponda, Mapusa, Bicholim and Curchorem, and the villages in their vicinity,” Dhavalikar said.

              NRW in some areas has been brought down from 45% to 20-25%, and is even less than 20% in certain other places, the minister said, insisting that the loss cannot be reduced any further unless old pipes are replaced. “New pipelines can curtail NRW by another 10%. But the PWD is in a loss and cannot afford it,” he said, adding that Goa is the first state to have provided 15 cubic metres of water to every household at Rs 2.5 per unit. “In Maharashtra and Karnataka, the cost is Rs 9.5,” he said.

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              TIMES VIEW | While multi-crore infrastructure projects like bridges are good, investing in upgrading the state’s water pipelines is paramount not only because water is a finite resource, but also because leakages impact the state exchequer. The PWD minister had pegged losses at Rs 21 lakh per day, which translates to roughly Rs 76.7 crore annually. Moreover, in the coming decades, pressure on water resources will be increasingly felt with the Mhadei waters being diverted to Karnataka and population steadily increasing. The time to act is now.










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                12 houses razed for proposed ring road

                TNN | Updated: Dec 12, 2018, 06:35 IST

                MARGAO: Nearly six years after it had issued an award for land acquisition to complete the missing link of the proposed ring road, the South Goa district administration on Tuesday demolished 12 houses in Comba, Margao, to facilitate taking possession of the land for completion of the project.

                Deputy collector and Salcete sub-divisional magistrate Uday Prabhu Dessai said all the affected households have been provided rehabilitation at the apartments of the Goa Housing Board, following directives of the high court.

                Sources said a few more houses would be demolished. The proposed ring road was to be completed in three phases. Phase one from old market to Comba and phase three commencing from Apollo Victor Hospital to Rawanfond are already complete. The missing link comprises the stretch between Cine Lata and the Comba area.









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                  As contractors spar, garbage piles on Calangute beach

                  tnn | Dec 13, 2018, 03:40 IST


                  Calangute: Though the tourism department has reappointed Drishti Marine to clear garbage from Goa’s beaches, confusion continues to prevail at Calangute, with the contractor earlier appointed by the tourism department clashing with the Drishti-appointed contractor.

                  On Monday, Calangute sarpanch Shawn Martins and panchayat members stepped in to diffuse the situation after shack owners and other tourism stakeholders complained about garbage piling on the beach.

                  “There are some problems between the contractor and labourers, which we’re trying to sort out,” Martins told TOI.

                  Tourism stakeholders said the mess could have been avoided. “The garbage contract termination/reallocation is a sham and has resulted in messing up our beach,” said hotelier Neville Proenca. “Business establishments, big or small, should be made responsible to maintain the cleanliness of their surroundings. If not, it is high time we started imposing fines for the garbage littered outside their shops.”

                  When contacted, tourism minister Manohar Azgaonkar said, “Since the director of tourism had not received reports from wards and supervisors that Drishti had started cleaning beaches, the services of other contractors were not discontinued as a precautionary measure.”

                  Drishti Marine CEO Ravi Shankar, told TOI that Drishti recommenced beach cleaning on the request of the state government from November 27, “in a staggered manner”.

                  “In all, 300 workers were demobilised on expiry of the contract. In a phased manner, Drishti has remobilised staff and has now taken full control of the 103-km beach stretch. From the time of taking over to date, it has already cleared 50 tonnes of waste, segregated and transferred to the garbage treatment plant,” Shankar said, adding, “From Wednesday, Drishti has taken over the cleaning of the backlog of garbage and will continue to maintain the cleanliness of beaches. Unlike before, the team is working in two shifts to ensure that tourists have a world class beach experience in Goa.”

                  On Monday, Calangute sarpanch Shawn Martins and panchayat members stepped in after shack owners and other tourism stakeholders began complaining about garbage piling on the popular beach







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                    Sangolda fumes over waste-burning

                    tnn | Dec 13, 2018, 03:40 IST

                    Saligao: Residents of Sangolda have come out strongly against burning of garbage in fields along the ChogM road.

                    A number of families in and around Sangolda and Porvorim claim that the smoke, which resembles a smog, emanates mostly during the evenings as some people carelessly burn dry grass, leaves, plastic bottles and other material in the fields.

                    When contacted, Sangolda sarpanch Avinash Naik told TOI that the local body would take stern action if such violations continued.




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                      New ropeway: PDA pushes for more FAR

                      tnn | Dec 13, 2018, 03:41 IST

                      Panaji: The North Goa Planning Development Authority (NGPDA) on Wednesday sent a proposal to the town and country planning (TCP) board over increasing the floor-area ratio of the building that is a part of the Reis Magos to Campal ropeway project from 100 to 150. The building will have a basement with parking facility for 300 cars.

                      The planning authority will also recommend that the board allow the tower to be 40m tall. NGPDA chairman Michael Lobo said the authority can only permit height of up to 20m, adding that the TCP board has to take a decision to permit the additional 20m.

                      Both the building and tower are part of the same project, he said.

                      The cost of the project is estimated at Rs 80 lakh.



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