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    7,000 applications to regularise structures to be processed soon

    TNN | Jan 4, 2019, 03:08 IST

    Porvorim: Keen to dispose the pending applications for regularisation of unauthorized structures in orchard and settlement zones, the state government on Thursday decided that the Town and Country Planning (TCP) board will clear applications for illegal structures that were built on orchard land.

    As per the roadmap prepared, TCP will regularise commercial constructions built within 100sqm and unauthorised houses built within 200 sqm on private land in orchard areas. A high-level review meeting jointly chaired by revenue minister Rohan Khaunte and TCP minister Vijai Sardesai was held at the ministerial block to take a decision on the over 7,000 pending applications that were received under the Goa Regularisation of Unauthorized Construction Act, 2018.

    “Those who have applied for regularisation of illegal structures on orchard land which is in their private property, will be asked to apply under 16B with TCP,” Khaunte said, after the meeting.

    The government’s reasoning is that with the revenue department facing a manpower crunch it would be quicker to dispose of files if the TCP department scrutinised and cleared unauthorised structures that are in orchard land.

    Nearly 7,500-odd applications for regularisation of unauthorized structures are pending with the revenue department or the North Goa and South Goa collectorates.

    “The remaining cases in settlement cases will be with the revenue department. We have set a target to dispose of the cases filed last year by this February,” Khaunte said.

    Speaking to reporters , Khaunte said that the state government had not taken any decision about regularisation of illegal structures on government land and in forests.

    “If anybody has applied for regularisation of structures in khazan land or CRZ, it will be automatically rejected. Same if the applications are for comunidade land or government land. It will be rejected,” Khaunte said, adding, “We have not taken a decision to regularise structures on government land, but on comunidade land, we are trying to work out something. We are trying to get some amendments either in the coming session or the next session.”










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      Legal notice to housing board for forged signatures

      TNN | Jan 5, 2019, 03:36 IST

      Panaji: Over 100 residents of the Ganeshpuri Housing Board colony in Mapusa have served a legal notice to the Goa Housing Board objecting to the construction of a community hall on an open space within the housing colony. The local residents have alleged that the Ganeshpuri Vishwasth Mandal temple trust forged signatures of the residents and fraudulently sought conversion of the open space.

      In the legal notice, the residents have argued that the former secretary of the temple trust, M R Gadekar, submitted a copy of the “purported no-objection certificate letter” issued by the residents in order to convert the land earmarked as open space into an institutional space.

      Taking cognizance of the allegations made by the residents, Goa Housing Board has now written to the Ganeshpuri Vishwasth Mandal and sought an explanation.

      Acting on behalf of the residents, advocate Vibhav Amonkar has written to the managing director of Goa Housing Board and has demanded that GHB must restore the land to its earlier status of open space and must ensure that no illegal construction activity takes place.

      “Some of the purported residents whose names have been featuring on the aforesaid list were neither the owners nor residents of the Ganeshpuri Housing Board colony on May 2008 when the NOC was issued and yet their signatures have been shown on the NOC letter,” Amonkar said in the notice to GHB.

      TOI reached out to office bearers of the mandal including president Rajendra Pankar and treasurer Somnath Naik, but they refused to offer a comment. The secretary of the trust, Goculdas Nagvenkar, said that the allegations were false and that the matter would come up for discussion on Sunday during the annual general body meeting.

      Nagvenkar declined to offer an official statement and said that the board of trustees would speak only after the AGM proceedings.

      The residents also allege that Goa Housing Board charged lower rates to the trust which caused a loss to the public exchequer.










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        A walk through Goa’s most iconic residence

        Lisa Monteiro | TNN | Updated: Jan 5, 2019, 08:59 IST


        Palacio do Cabo (File photo)

        PANAJI: The 400-year-old Palacio do Cabo or Raj Bhavan, spread over 88 acres at the confluence of Goa’s two main rivers — the Mandovi and the Zuari — opened its doors to the public on Friday.

        Earlier restricted to the governor and the governor’s guests, the Raj Bhavan will welcome guests thrice a week in a joint endeavor with Goa tourism development corporation (GTDC).

        “This will give people, including tourists, a opportunity to see how the first citizen of Goa resides and explore the heritage and wealth of the place,” the governor’s secretary Rupesh Kumar Thakur said, adding it is one of the finest and oldest residences in the country.

        “Its grandeur and opulence is unmatched,” Thakur said, referring to the natural beauty and flora and fauna of the place.


        Tourism minister Manohar Azgaonkar reminisced that he had to become a minister to be able to enter Raj Bhavan and said everyone should have the right to see it.

        The Raj Bhavan has already received close to 40 bookings, GTDC managing director, Nikhil Desai said, appealing to travel trade tour operators to put across their marketing collaterals. “This must be on everyone’s itinerary,” he said.

        Governor Mridula Sinha said the Raj Bhavan has received many suggestions on conducting tours, which will be taken up for consideration.

        The tours will operate in two slots between 2:30 till 4 pm and 4 pm till 5:30 pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays where visitors except children below the age of 12 will be charged Rs 300 for 90-minute tour.

        Identification documents will have to be uploaded on the website following which police verification will take place. Visitors will be intimated about police verification outcome via email and sms and their photographs will be taken on entering Raj Bhavan.

        Visitors will be taken on a guided tour to the medicinal herbarium ‘Aushadi Vatika’, the private helipad, the picturesque cannon point, the Raj Bhavan museum, the centuries old chapel of Nossa Senhora Mae de Deus, the grotto among other attractions.

        The Raj Bhavan had recently approached the high court challenging the order of the state information commission which held that the governor’s house is a public authority and must appoint a public information officer. A social activist had filed a complaint with the commission stating that other Raj Bhavans in the country appointed a public information officer under the Right to information act, 2005.











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          Cuncolim MLA’s wife booked for encroaching on government land

          TNN | Updated: Jan 5, 2019, 09:05 IST


          MARGAO: Quepem police on Friday booked an offence against Seema Dias, wife of Cuncolim MLA, Clafacio Dias, on charges of encroaching on government property at Mullem, Salcete, by establishing and running a stone crushing unit on land belonging to the water resources department (WRD).

          Acting on a complaint lodged by the executive engineer, works division XII, Gogol, Margao, Quepem police charged Dias under Sections 403 (dishonest misappropriation of property) and 447 (criminal trespass) of the Indian Penal Code.

          “The said stone crushing unit has been established very close to the irrigation canal and water which is required for the purpose of irrigation is being illegally drawn and used for the stone crushing units,” the complaint states.

          The complaint points out that the land admeasuring 8,675 sqm in Mullem village was acquired by the WRD in 1984 for the construction of part of a distributary of Selaulim irrigation project.

          The Goa State Pollution Control Board had recently conducted an inspection of the crushing unit. Subsequently, former Paroda sarpanch Gabriel Fernandes had threatened to file contempt proceedings against the board before the National Green Tribunal for failing to take action against the “illegal” crusher.

          He had alleged that the crusher operated without licence from 2008 to 2015 and that Dias evaded paying income tax and commercial tax on the business of around Rs 8.91 crore which he conducted during that period.

          Following Fernandes’s allegations, Clafacio had refuted the charges by pointing out that the matter was subjudice st present.






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            The wait leaves villages in North Goa high and dry

            Anuradha Das | tnn | Jan 6, 2019, 03:23 IST

            From Ponda to Bicholim and Calangute to Pernem, if there is any major civic issue citizens face after electricity supply, it is water shortage. Recently, in November, residents of Bicholim, fed up and unable to bear the situation anymore, burnt effigies of PWD minister Ramkrishna Dhavalikar in protest. In light of such increasing public outcry over water shortage, TOI visited worst hit areas to understand the problem from the eyes of the affected.

            Deconstructing the feedback received from locals and the authorities showed that the problem of irregular water supply has persistently and exponentially increased over the decades. Today, villages across North Goa complain of not receiving water for several days at times, witness to which are the ubiquitous water barrels outside most homes.

            The reasons for the problem are many, TOI learnt, beginning with infrastructure failing to keep up with the pressure of increasing population. Where the government has taken steps to upgrade or add new infrastructure, delivery on projects remains poor due to various technical and bureaucratic reasons.

            To add to rural woes, the state government has diverted water from the treatment plants to urban areas of Porvorim, Mapusa and other developed areas of North Goa to meet the ever-rising demand there. This has left villages in the hinterland, even those in the vicinity of the water treatment plants, literally high and dry.

            In semi-urban Calangute, which not only receives high tourist footfalls, but also sees mega housing projects come up at a fast pace, locals even went to the extent of alleging that PWD has installed valves in the pipes to divert water to select hotels and residential areas.

            While the much-spoken of loss of water due to old rusty leaky pipelines found echo across villages, residents in the Bicholim taluka alleged that the water treatment plant at Padoxem was neglected and ill-maintained as a result of which it was unable to function at full capacity.

            Locals can no longer depend on wells and tubewells, as these options too are fast fading with many polluted. In this situation, the financial impact of water shortage is what is immediately felt by locals who have to hire tankers to meet their requirements.

            Their fight for their right to regular clean drinking water continues even as they pin their hopes on the government assurance that existing water treatment plants will be enhanced and new ones setup.










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              ‘Chimbel IT project will also burden infrastructure’

              tnn | Jan 6, 2019, 03:57 IST

              Panaji: With activists and others pledging their support to the villagers of Chimbel in their agitation against the setting up of an IT park in the area, locals on Saturday reiterated their opposition to the project at a public meeting.

              Various speakers criticised the project and said it would affect the village’s agricultural activities, green cover, eco-sensitive areas and lake. IT minister Rohan Khaunte had presented a white paper on the park with details of job opportunities and other features.

              Activist Arthur D’Souza said that recent cases of fire in green areas and no-development zones showed that the minister’s claim of the IT park having zero carbon footprint was false.

              If the existing green cover is cut or burned in the name of developmental then how can an IT Park be carbon footprint free, he said.

              Local Rudolf Fernandes said that the project would only burden the inadequate infrastructure in the area, worsening the water and power supply.

              A few speakers alleged that the project was being pushed in the larger interest of the 6 lakh sqm land adjacent to the IT park.

              Local Govind Shirodkar alleged that some resident of Indiranagar were misguided and coaxed into supporting IT park at a recent gram sabha. Sandesh Kunkalker, who had been assaulted recently for his criticism against the project, said that he would continue speaking against till it was scrapped.

              Others who spoke were Rama Kankonkar, Trajano D’Melo, former MLA Victoria Fernandes, Gakuved federation member Ramkrishna Jalmi and Tara Kerkar.











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                Garbage along Mapusa-Siolim route finally cleared

                tnn | Jan 6, 2019, 03:56 IST

                Siolim: In a relief to residents and commuters, the Siolim-Marna panchayat has finally cleared the tonnes of garbage strewn along the forested road from Mapusa to the village. On Saturday, the panchayat cordoned off the eastern side of the road with a 100m-long mesh to prevent further littering along the roadside.

                The accumulated garbage had attracted the attention of Goa Human Rights Commission’s AD Salkar, who on January 2 issued an order pointing out that the stretch is “full of domestic garbage which emits foul smell causing thereby air pollution in the surrounding area”.

                On December 27, Siolim residents had caught a truck offloading oil sludge in the area, and following a complaint by panch member William Fernandes, Anjuna police arrested the truck driver and another person, both of whom were later released on bail. The clearance of the garbage was supervised by William and panch Sylvester Fernandes and Vignesh Chodankar.

                William, speaking to TOI, expressed gratitude to Mapusa Municipal Council chief officer Clen Madeira and Ranjit Chodankar of the Goa Waste Management Corporation. “We have now cordoned off the area with a 100m-long mesh and hope this will deter irresponsible citizens from throwing garbage along the road.”

                This isn’t the first time garbage along the route has become an issue. In July last year, the Siolim-Marna panchayat cleared 18 truckloads of garbage from the area.

                “Local panchayats should regulate the eateries and restaurants in their jurisdiction,” Madeira said. “The leftovers and waste are usually dumped by people along roadsides, which eventually develops into black spots like this one on the Mapusa-Siolim road. Panchyats should collect the waste from such establishments or at least monitor how they are disposing it. Such businesses should not be allowed until a proper garbage collection or disposal system is put in place by panchayats.”

                The MMC will soon set up a garbage treatment plant at Cunchelim. “As a goodwill gesture, we shall consider acceptance and treatment of garbage from Siolim, Assagao and some neighbouring villages,” said Madeira.










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                  Stinky garbage along Mapusa to Siolim road finally cleared

                  TNN | Jan 6, 2019, 06:54 IST


                  On December 27, Siolim residents caught a truck offloading sludge

                  SIOLIM: In a relief to residents and commuters, the Siolim-Marna panchayat has finally cleared the tonnes of garbage strewn along the forested road from Mapusa to the village. On Saturday, the panchayat cordoned off the eastern side of the road with a 100m-long mesh to prevent further littering along the roadside.

                  The accumulated garbage had attracted the attention of Goa Human Rights Commission’s AD Salkar, who on January 2 issued an order pointing out that the stretch is “full of domestic garbage which emits foul smell causing thereby air pollution in the surrounding area”.

                  On December 27, Siolim residents had caught a truck offloading oil sludge in the area, and following a complaint by panch member William Fernandes, Anjuna police arrested the truck driver and another person, both of whom were later released on bail. The clearance of the garbage was supervised by William and panch Sylvester Fernandes and Vignesh Chodankar.

                  William, speaking to TOI, expressed gratitude to Mapusa Municipal Council chief officer Clen Madeira and Ranjit Chodankar of the Goa Waste Management Corporation. “We have now cordoned off the area with a 100m-long mesh and hope this will deter irresponsible citizens from throwing garbage along the road.”

                  This isn’t the first time garbage along the route has become an issue. In July last year, the Siolim-Marna panchayat cleared 18 truckloads of garbage from the area.

                  “Local panchayats should regulate the eateries and restaurants in their jurisdiction,” Madeira said. “The leftovers and waste are usually dumped by people along roadsides, which eventually develops into black spots like this one on the Mapusa-Siolim road. Panchyats should collect the waste from such establishments or at least monitor how they are disposing it. Such businesses should not be allowed until a proper garbage collection or disposal system is put in place by panchayats.” The MMC will soon set up a garbage treatment plant at Cunchelim. “As a goodwill gesture, we shall consider acceptance and treatment of garbage from Siolim, Assagao and some neighbouring villages,” said Madeira.






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                    TCP notification gives 20 days to regularise illegal structures

                    TNN | Jan 6, 2019, 18:27 IST

                    Panaji: The state government on Saturday has given just 20 days’ notice to those who purchased and developed plots in non-settlement areas to apply for change of zone under Section 16B of the amended Town and Country Planning (TCP) Act.

                    The notification warns that failure to do so could lead to criminal proceedings, said the TCP department.

                    However, with January 26 being a government holiday and if one takes into account the weekends, applications have just over a fortnight to apply for change of zone.

                    The TCP department said that it has completed a survey and identified illegal development in orchard land, indicating that defaulters will not be able to slip below the radar. Failure by owners of those plots will result in the TCP department filing an FIR and if convicted, the owners of the plots can be fined Rs 10 lakh or one month imprisonment or both.

                    Earlier in December, the TCP board headed by TCP minister Vijai Sardesai had announced that applicants have till January 26 to apply for change of zoning but the official notification was released only on Saturday.

                    “All those land owners and developers who have developed their land into non-agricultural plots in non-conforming land use zones and also purchasers of such plots are hereby advised to apply for change of zone under said Section 16B of the TCP Act latest by January 26 for appropriate decision, failing which they shall attract penal action under relevant provisions of the Act,” said chief town planner Rajesh Naik in a public notice.








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                      Service centres generating oil sludge under scanner

                      TNN | Jan 7, 2019, 03:38 IST

                      Panaji: The finding of a truck dumping oil sludge on the outskirts of Mapusa recently has prompted government agencies to bring all outlets generating the hazardous waste in the state under the scanner to assess the problem.

                      The Goa Waste Management Corporation (GWMC) has written to Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) urging it to inspect automobile service stations, which generate oil sludge, in a bid to verify certain aspects of their disposal dynamics.

                      The crew of the truck were caught offloading the slimy waste along the isolated stretch of the forested road from Mapusa to Siolim at 4.30pm on December 28.

                      Two panch members of Siolim-Marna panchayat alerted the authorities and later GSPCB officials conducted an inspection of the site.

                      The company running the service station at Mapusa will face penal action for disposing of the oil sludge unscientifically.

                      The state pollution control body is likely to inspect all automobile service stations in the state. “GSPCB may like to intervene and inspect all other premises for verification. Besides, other such service stations may also be checked,” GWMC letter states.

                      Goa is yet to set up a hazardous waste management plant after the government proposed a site at Dharbandora. But the plan has received a setback due to opposition from the local population. “At present, this type of waste is being sent to Maharashtra,” a GWMC official said.







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