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    Garbage, broken tiles greet visitors to Miramar beach

    TNN | Dec 25, 2018, 03:33 IST

    Panaji: At the peak of the tourism season, in the capital city, the beachfront promenade at Miramar lies neglected and in shambles, littered with garbage. The walkway is uneven with pavement tiles missing or coming loose.

    Despite efforts under the Swachh Bharat Mission, the promenade is littered with garbage and plastic bags. Cattle can also be found feasting among the litter. All of this only portrays a very poor image of the state to the country and world. Benches installed are also in a bad state and, as a result, find no takers. Overgrown vegetation gives the supposed beachfront promenade, which is frequented by hordes of tourists, a very poor look.

    Two years ago, on December 24, 2016, the foundation stone for beautifying the beachfront promenade was laid. Today, the foundation stone, bearing the names of a number of noted politicians, is the only thing standing tall at the promenade.

    More recently, it was decided to redevelop the beachfront area along with the network of Altinho steps near the Portuguese consulate as part of the Smart City Mission.

    The foundation stone for the beautification project was laid by then defence minister Manohar Parrikar in the presence of then chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar, then deputy chief minister Francis D’Souza, then chairman Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC) Pramod Sawant, vice chairman GSIDC Sidharth Kuncalienkar, Taleigao MLA Jennifer Monserrate, then CCP mayor Surendra Furtado and then secretary (urban development) Sudhir Mahajan.







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      Voluntary group cleans up national highway in Aquem

      TNN | Updated: Dec 25, 2018, 11:27 IST


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      MARGAO: ‘Goemkar’, a voluntary organisation, on Monday undertook a voluntary clean-up drive along the stretch of national highway between Aquemand Arlem.

      Around 100 bags of plastic waste was collected by members and labourers engaged in the day-long exercise. President of the group, Jack Fernandes, told TOI that the drive would resume on Wednesday after a day’s break for Christmas.

      Goemkar conducted several clean-up drives along the highway in Canaconabefore it turned its attention towards Margao. “Since the government has stopped national highway cleaning operations, waste has been piling up. With the help of the locals, we wish to do our bit to keep our highways clean,” he said.




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        Garbage, broken tiles greet visitors to Miramar beach

        Lisa Monteiro | TNN | Updated: Dec 25, 2018, 11:15 IST


        Despite efforts under the Swachh Bharat Mission, the promenade is littered with garbage and plastic bags

        PANAJI: At the peak of the tourism season, in the capital city, the beachfront promenade at Miramar lies neglected and in shambles, littered with garbage. The walkway is uneven with pavement tiles missing or coming loose.

        Despite efforts under the Swachh Bharat Mission, the promenade is littered with garbage and plastic bags. Cattle can also be found feasting among the litter. All of this only portrays a very poor image of the state to the country and world. Benches installed are also in a bad state and, as a result, find no takers. Overgrown vegetation gives the supposed beachfront promenade, which is frequented by hordes of tourists, a very poor look.

        Two years ago, on December 24, 2016, the foundation stone for beautifying the beachfront promenade was laid. Today, the foundation stone, bearing the names of a number of noted politicians, is the only thing standing tall at the promenade.

        More recently, it was decided to redevelop the beachfront area along with the network of Altinho steps near the Portuguese consulate as part of the Smart City Mission.

        The foundation stone for the beautification project was laid by then defence minister Manohar Parrikar in the presence of then chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar, then deputy chief minister Francis D’Souza, then chairman Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC) Pramod Sawant, vice chairman GSIDC Sidharth Kuncalienkar, Taleigao MLA Jennifer Monserrate, then CCP mayor Surendra Furtado and then secretary (urban development) Sudhir Mahajan.










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          ‘Study impact of highway on floods’

          TNN | Dec 28, 2018, 03:22 IST

          Margao: A social activist from Fatorda, Savio Dias has written to the Margao Municipal Council asking it to not allow construction work on the 60m stretch of the western bypass road passing through flood prone areas of Mungul and Khareband in Margao without undertaking an environment impact assessment.

          Discuss the issue at the council meeting and take a resolution accordingly, Dias said in the letter.

          “Let in future all Madgaomkars know the role played by the Margao Municipal Council in prevention of or allowing man-made floods in Margao,” the letter stated.

          Dias said that a ‘Margao flood relief boat’ has been put on display for public awareness during this festive occasion in order to highlight the threat posed by the western bypass passing through flood prone areas.






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            Urban devpt min, brother encroached on govt land: Cong

            TNN | Dec 28, 2018, 03:23 IST

            Panaji: The Congress on Wednesday filed a complaint with the directorate of vigilance over alleged illegal construction activity by urban development minister Milind Naik, and his brother Umesh Naik, in Vasco.

            Alleging that the minister and his brother “grabbed and robbed” government land and obtained permission in connivance with officials of Mormugao Planning and Development Authority (MPDA) and Mormugao Municipal Council (MMC), Goa Pradesh Youth Congress Committee president Varad Mardolkar, in his complaint, asked the directorate to conduct an inquiry into the brothers’ moves and also probe non-action by the MPDA, MMC, Mormugao police station and officials of the land survey department.

            In the complaint, the Congress alleged that development permission was granted fraudulently by the MPDA and that the construction/reconstruction licences issued by the MMC was illegal as they were granted for a plot of 278 sqm when the area was actually just 160 sqm. “The two brothers illegally claimed to be the sole holders of the property and no permission from the revenue department was sought for hill-cutting,” the party alleged in its complaint, which was supported by documents.

            A public notice issued by the office of the deputy collector/SDO, Mormugao, on December 6 and pasted on the notice board of the office, stated that Umesh Sagun Naik and Milind Sagun Naik submitted an application for regularisation of encroachment on government land and had even furnished detailed information of the encroachment. The notice invited objections and suggestions before January 7.

            “The encroachment in the present case is not an encroachment that has been standing over a period of time for which regularisation has been sought on humanitarian grounds or due to poverty. It is not also an encroachment existing on the ‘appointed date’, which, as per Section 2(IC) of the Goa Land Revenue Code 1968, is the first day of March, 1971,” Chandrashekhar Vast, a resident of Mormugao has stated in his objection to the regularisation.

            “It ought to be noted that encroachment on government land by a public official, more so an MLA who is currently a minister, is a serious matter. These persons, who are the custodians of government property, cannot be permitted to be encroachers themselves, for they are required to zealously guard government properties from private interests, including from MLAs and ministers who have political will and executive powers at their disposal,” Vast added in his complaint.







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              Lobo: Calangute-Sinquerim bypass plan needs revisiting

              TNN | Dec 28, 2018, 03:24 IST

              Calangute: Deputy speaker and Calangute MLA Michael Lobo said the state government would have to reconsider the proposal for a bypass road from Calangute to Sinquerim if the arterial Calangute-Candolim road was to be decongested.

              Lobo recently told reporters that a bypass road traversing interior areas of Calangute and Candolim had been proposed in the draft outline development plan (ODP) by the North Goa Planning and Development Authority (NGPDA), but was ultimately dropped from the notified ODP 2025 after farmers and citizens expressed concerns over it cutting through fields.

              “Looking at the traffic and constant congestion, the bypass is the only solution as the existing Calangute-Candolim road cannot be widened further. Traffic is going to keep on rising and if the bypass is not built, it is going to be a major problem in the coming years,” Lobo said. He also said the bypass would have to be built on stilts so that agricultural activities were not affected.

              “Around Rs 300 crore will be needed for land acquisition and construction of the bypass on stilts. Funding will not be a problem as it will come from the Centre under the coastal tourism circuit development scheme,” he said.






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                Truck dumping waste oil illegally on hill intercepted by Siolim locals

                TNN | Dec 28, 2018, 03:31 IST

                Siolim: Panch members from Siolim-Marna village panchayat on Thursday intercepted a truck dumping waste oil along the busy, forested Mapusa-Siolim road passing through Ganeshpuri.

                The Mapusa-Siolim road passing via Ganeshpuri and housing board had turned into a convenient illegal waste dumping site for unscrupulous individuals looking to get rid of all kinds of garbage on the sly. It was teeming with refuse and emanating a foul smell before it was cleaned some days back.

                On Thursday, a garbage truck carrying waste oil from a car servicing station came and dumped it contents at the spot at around 4.30pm. Noticing this, the locals informed Joseph Willam Fernandes, a ward member of Siolim-Marna panchayat, who rushed to the spot along with deputy sarpanch Vignesh Chodankar and caught the truck driver red-handed. Anjuna police arrested Jitendra Ghodge and Bharat Shinde, who were later released on bail.

                “Currently, we do not have the provisions to treat such waste in Goa. We are in the process of setting up a plant, but right now, the correct procedure is to send the waste to Mumbai for treatment,” Dheeraj Chodankar, an engineer from Goa Solid Waste Management Corporation, said.







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                  Goa CM Manohar Parrikar approves infrastructure projects worth Rs 600 crore

                  TNN | Dec 27, 2018, 06:00 IST


                  PANAJI: Chief minister Manohar Parrikar, who is also the finance minister, reviewed the ongoing works of the Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC) and approved projects totalling over Rs 600 crore on Wednesday. A long-pending proposal for a multi-purpose bus stand at Margaogot the nod along with five other bus stands at various locations in the state.

                  Link road for Porvorim, Saligao, Calangute gets nod

                  The corporation's chairman, Deepak Pauskar, who was part of the meeting, said a link road connecting the three constituencies of Porvorim, Saligao and Calangute has also been approved. The total estimated cost of the project is Rs 104 crore, Pauskar said.

                  "The roads were proposed by revenue minister and Porvorim MLA, Rohan Khaunte, RDA minister and Saligao MLA, Jayesh Salgaonkar, and deputy speaker and Calangute MLA, Michael Lobo. The tender will be floated in the next two days and the roads are slated to be completed in a year's time," Pauskar said.

                  The earlier bus stand proposal for Margao has been modified to include several additional facilities, the corporation's chairman said, adding that the new project will be spread across 10,000 sqm more than what was earlier proposed. This land will be taken from Goa State Urban Development Agency (GSUDA), he said.

                  The cost of the Margao bus stand project is estimated at Rs 350 crore. Besides, the bus stand, which will be operated by the Kadamba Transport Corporation (KTC), a shopping mall, hotels, and shops will be given out on lease, the tender for which will be floated at the earliest, Pauskar said.

                  The project has been pending for over five years and Margao MLA Digambar Kamat has been pursuing it since its conception. Proposals for bus stands at Panaji, Mapusa, Bicholim, Curchorem and Sakhali have also been approved. The estimates for these, however, are yet to be completed, Pauskar said.

                  The condition of the bus stands at the six locations are pathetic.









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                    Asphalting work of third Mandovi bridge begins

                    TNN | Updated: Dec 27, 2018, 06:08 IST


                    The work of hot mixing the approach road of the third Mandovi Bridge commenced from the Porvorim side on Wednesday.

                    PANAJI: Work of asphalting the third Mandovi bridge and its approach roads began on Wednesday, as the new bridge is expected to open for use by January 12, 2019.

                    Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation vice-chairperson Sidharth Kunkaliencar said in the next ten days, work of hotmixing the road will be completed.

                    The five-kilometre, Rs 482-crore long, cable-stayed bridge is a link between Porvorim and the capital city.

                    Recently, ailing chief minister Manohar Parrikar visited the bridge. He travelled along the entire length of the bridge and spent nearly an hour inspecting the work. He directed the contractors, who are building the bridge, Larsen and Toubro (L&T), to complete the construction work by January 12.

                    Parrikar is understood to have ordered L&T to complete illumination of the bridge by this year-end. Parrikar said the crash barriers and painting has to be completed by January 12.

                    Given that the massive bridge adds a new element to the city’s skyline, Parrikar had also suggested that the national flag could be flown from atop the pylons of the bridge at a height of around 35m. The last segment of the bridge on the Porvorim side was put in place on October 17 at a small ceremony. At the function, GSIDC announced that the bridge was 91% complete and would be opened for traffic in either the first or second week of January.

                    Construction of the bridge, which extends from Pundalik Nagar junction to Merces junction, began on July 27, 2014, and is a priority project for the Parrikar-led BJP coalition government.









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                      Thick foam-like layer forms on Colva creek

                      Nisser Dias | TNN | Dec 28, 2018, 03:33 IST

                      Colva: The once-famous Colva creek has developed a thick layer of foam on its surface, thanks to a turbulent sea and strong tidal movement.

                      The creek, which flows between the beach and a parking lot, has been saturated with sewage and several kinds of rejects. A water hyacinth cover on the creek’s surface has only added to its woes, and plastic has been stopped from flowing from the creek to shore.

                      Recently, with the end of monsoon came a slightly cleaner creek, but within a couple of months, it’s back to its dirty self. Apart from foam, plastic bottles are also dime a dozen. Locals have for years been demanding that the creek be saved from being polluted by restaurants on its banks or by tourists and locals throwing waste into it. In October, local MLA Churchill Alemao urged tourism minister Manohar Azgaonkar to release funds for restoring the creek to its earlier pristine glory, but nothing has been done.

                      Local voluntary organisations point fingers at the Goa state pollution control board (GSPCB), the local MLA, and even panchayat members for not being vigilant. After one organisation moved the high court in 2009, a bench ordered the board to inspect and seal 13 holes through which restaurants released sewage into the creek. But nothing has been done since.

                      Panchayat members say that successive panchayat bodies have written to successive tourism ministers, local MLAs, the tourism department and the pollution control board, but the responses haven’t been very encouraging. However, GSPCB sources said that in a few months, the sewage treatment plant at Colva would be ready, and that things would be bound to improve at the creek and in the locality in general.

                      According to a study conducted for the Union ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) by the department of environmental science, Bangalore University, in 2008, the formation of foam indicates the presence of nitrates above the permissible level.









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