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    Taleigao comunidade, civic body lock horns over heritage structure

    TNN | Jan 7, 2019, 05:45 IST

    The building still has a strong structure but needs some repairs.

    PANAJI: The nearly 60-year-old Casa do Povo in Taleigao—a heritage landmark in the village—is receiving a makeover, but some sections of the local comunidade have taken up the matter with the panchayat over the renovation exercise.

    The small building belonging to the Taleigao comunidade, which is one of the biggest such bodies in Goa, is located near the Taleigao church. Over the years, its premises had been a hub of activity with the hall being used by the community for cultural and other purposes. One of the rooms had housed the panchayat office and the other the post office, which has now made way for the village club.

    The building, which is part of the comunidade’s history, still has a strong structure but is in need of some repairs and a lick of paint. The comunidade components raised the issue with the panchayat no sooner the authorities commenced the renovation work, stating that the components had not been consulted.

    Local MLA Jennifer Monserrate has joined hands with the Taleigao panchayat to work out a compromise between the two sides over the entire plan and scope of renovation work being carried out by the panchayat.

    In a meeting held recently to thrash out the issue between the two camps, the MLA has agreed to secure more details about the work being done the panchayat.

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      Garbage, debris dumped just metres away from Raj Bhavan

      Lisa Monteiro | TNN | Jan 7, 2019, 05:24 IST

      Garbage and debris strewn outside the British cemetery, which is a protected monument on directorate of archiv... Read More

      PANAJI: Visitors to the Raj Bhavan, which opened its gates to the public last week, discovered that before experiencing the institution’s history and architecture, there’s an unpleasant hurdle to navigate — stinky garbage.

      Metres away from its massive gates and just outside the British cemetery, a protected monument, is a familiar sight that’s ubiquitous in Goa, haphazardly-strewn garbage.

      ‘Things left to rot, a typical govt job that is half done’

      The Raj Bhavan officially launched ‘Raj Bhavan-Goa Darshan’ on Friday and is expecting to see a steady stream of visitors, including tourists.

      The garbage and debris shows scant respect for the governor’s residence and towards the British cemetery, which is the only cemetery listed among the 51 protected monuments and sites by the directorate of archives and archaeology.

      TOI in the past had reported that the Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation’s work of laying a concrete road in Dona Paula resulting in debris being dumped at the cemetery entrance.

      Locals say it a classic case of contractors not clearing up after the road work is complete. “It’s the typical government job which is half done. As usual things are left around to rot,” a resident said, adding, “The sides of our roads were dug up for underground power cabling and one and a half years later, they haven’t restored the road.”

      Assistant superintending archaeologist of directorate of archives and archaeology Pravin Sabnis said, “We had cleared access to the cemetery several times. We have also been writing to GSIDC to clear the debris,” he said.

      However, GSIDC chairman Deepak Pauskar denied that the corporation was responsible for the mess.

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        Margao civic body to get help to manage solid waste

        TNN | Jan 8, 2019, 03:47 IST

        Margao: With the Margao Municipal Council (MMC) failing to put in place any effective mechanism for collection of segregated waste at source, as mandated under the Solid Waste Management Rules 2016, the director of municipal administration (DMA), R Menaka, on Monday, announced that the municipality will be hand-held through implementing the process and procedures of solid waste management.

        Menaka held a meeting with MMC’s chief officer Siddhivinayak Naik and chairperson Babita Angle Prabhudessai. Various issues plaguing the municipality on garbage collection were also discussed.

        Menaka’s visit to the MMC comes in the wake of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) constituting regional monitoring committees. The western zone monitoring committee recently visited Sonsoddo to take stock of the situation, it is learnt.

        Later, addressing councillors and officials of Fomento Green, the concessionaire of the solid waste management plant at Sonsoddo, Menaka said that collection of segregated waste will begin in all 25 wards of the MMC by January-end.

        The MMC currently collects segregated waste only in wards one to seven.

        Explaining the system of collection of segregated waste at site, Menaka said, “Each ward will be allocated a certain number of workers, based on the number of households and commercial units in the area. The requirement of the quantum of garbage vehicles and receptacles will be ascertained and provided to the MMC under the Central government’s Swachh Bharat Mission. A Swacch Bharat Mission coordinator will be appointed by the MMC who will work in coordination with the MMC and the DMA on solid waste management.”

        On the issue of waste from adjoining villages entering the city premises, Menaka said this issue will be addressed by undertaking door-to-door collection of waste in those panchayat areas in conjunction with the directorate of panchayats.

        Earlier, during the ordinary meeting of the council, Prabhudessai announced that door-to-door collection of segregated waste across all 25 MMC wards will commence from January 31.

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          Cabral proposes ‘proper housing’ for tribal people

          TNN | Jan 8, 2019, 03:49 IST

          Quepem: Power minister Nilesh Cabral said he has sent a special request to the department of tribal welfare for the acquisition and allotment of plots for construction of houses for tribal people living in dilapidated houses, tents and those who are homeless.

          He was speaking recently at the inauguration of the 8th two-day tribal festival organised by Quepem-based Sanghatana, in coordination with the directorate of art and culture and the department of tribal welfare, at the Government College ground, Quepem.

          “A number of tribal people do not have proper houses. The department should allot them plots on government land or comunidade land and provide them houses to improve their living standard,” Cabral said.

          The minister also suggested that the department increase the compensation for tribal people for repairing their houses.

          Due to unavailability of grounds or open spaces, since its inception, the Adivasi Sanghatna has been organising the festivals at various locations. Tribal leader John Fernandes said they will soon send a proposal to the department to identify a permanent venue.

          Interestingly, at the 2018 festival, Cabral had said that a permanent venue, near the Government College, Quepem, had been identified.

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            Power cables to go underground in Porvorim

            TNN | Updated: Jan 8, 2019, 05:42 IST

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            PANAJI: The Rs 100-crore underground cabling project for Porvorimconstituency, which had been pending for a few months, has finally received the nod. Approval to this project, an official said, has come as a surprise to many as it means that, for the present financial year, Porvorim constituency alone is set to receive about 18-19% of the department’s total funds, making its requirement more vital than that of other constituencies facing greater power crises.

            Besides this project, a source said, works worth Rs 40 crore were sanctioned for the constituency.

            The project proposal by IT minister and Porvorim MLA Rohan Khaunte was kept on hold by the government for a while on the grounds that the power department must carry out development as per the requirement of each constituency by prioritising the same.

            An officer in the electricity department said that the priority should be addressing the needs of areas that are more vulnerable to power disruption due to falling trees in times of stormy weather. In this respect, rural areas are more affected. Parts of Salcete, Sattari, Sanguem and Canacona went without power for more than 24 hours in 2018.

            In these areas, 11 KV overhead lines must be converted to underground cabling, he said, adding, “Comparatively, Porvorim has had fewer power outages.”

            Power minister Nilesh Cabral had told TOI last month underground cabling would be his priority and that instructions would be given to engineers to prepare estimates for the same.

            A source said that the government must have approved the project for Porvorim despite its previous reservations because Khaunte, an independent legislator, had registered his protests in the strongest possible words.

            A while ago, the Porvorim MLA had announced that he had stopped visiting the secretariat as the administrative machinery was not functioning smoothly and his projects files were pending.


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              Goa govt urges ‘leader’ MahaRERA to hear cases

              Nisha Nambiar | TNN | Jan 8, 2019, 23:36 IST

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                ‘SGPDA clean-up to take at least another 2 weeks’

                TNN | Jan 9, 2019, 03:41 IST

                Margao: The clean-up operation of the South Goa Planning and Development Authority’s (SGPDA) market complex at Margao that is currently underway, has revealed serious irregularities prevailing in the complex. The exercise, undertaken by the Margao Municipal Council (MMC), is being monitored by the high court of Bombay at Goa which is hearing a PIL over the matter.

                MMC chief officer, Siddhivinayak Naik, who is personally supervising the clean-up operations since the last few days, told TOI the exercise is likely to take at least two more weeks considering the scale of filth and squalor prevailing in the market. “This is taking too much time. We may have probably underestimated the quantity of filth and the amount of time that would be required to restore the markets to a fairly hygienic condition,” Naik said.

                While that’s the measure of waste the municipal council has to deal with, the clean-up operation has also inadvertently brought to light “massive” encroachments on public spaces, with shops found to have encroached even on drains and footpaths in the SGPDA market.

                “The situation is horrible especially around the shops selling meat. The drains are clogged and the layer of filth is much deeper than we had initially thought it to be. That apart, the encroachments by shops on the slabs covering the drains is causing obstruction in the clean-up exercise,” Naik said, adding that he would have no option but to place his observations about large-scale encroachments in the markets before the court.

                The civic body had commenced the clean-up operations of the SGPDA market complex last week and has almost completed cleaning the wholesale fish market. The council has deployed scores of workers, municipal staff and officials, and a number of trucks, night soil tankers and earth moving machines for the purpose.

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                  Urban areas of Bardez drink into Bicholim taluka’s potable share

                  TNN | Updated: Jan 9, 2019, 06:22 IST

                  The vertical turbine pumps at the Padoxem plant prove to be insufficient whenever there is a breakdown, as the... Read More

                  BICHOLIM: Come summer or monsoon, water shortage crisis in Bicholim taluka has been a persistent issue for several years with residents getting temporary relief on and off, especially every time they hold loud protests. To blame are old leaky pipelines, poorly-equipped water treatment plant at Padoxem and diversion of treated water to urban areas.

                  During Ganesh Chaturthi this year, citizens of Sal and surrounding villages were most irked with the authorities after they did not receive water both, on the day of the festival and two days prior to it. After repeated requests they were supplied water by way of tankers and they ended up spending Chaturthi collecting water.

                  Finally, in November, fed up, locals held a demonstration and burnt effigies of PWD minister Ramkrishna Dhavalikar. Villagers also threatened to stop the supply of water from Chapora.

                  Voluntary worker Meghshyam Raut said that since then the villages have faced no issue with PWD supply. “This is the first time after several years that these villages are receiving tap water at full capacity. Earlier, water to these areas would be supplied from joints of the main pipeline and the entire flow would be diverted to Porvorim and other areas of Bardez.”

                  The Padoxem water treatment plant supplies water to Bicholim, Sakhali, Mayem, Pilgao, Mulgao, Narvem, Pale, Surla, Velguem, Sonshi, Arvalem, Karapur, Padoxem and surrounding areas.

                  Sources said that usually as a result of breakdowns the Padoxem plant does not have sufficient vertical turbine pumps, which means the total required amount of water cannot be purified at one go. Also, the PWD department has neglected the plant, sources alleged, adding the plant is neither regularly serviced nor cleaned, resulting in corrosion.

                  However, assistant engineer Agnel Rodrigues denied the allegations and said the plant was in good condition presently with proper servicing being carried out last year. About the water shortage faced by locals during the rains, Rodrigues said that during these months the water is very turbid, which delays the purification process.

                  The Assonora water treatment plant supplies water to the villages of Amathane, Menkurem, Pirna, Advalpal, Latambarcem, Sal, Nanora, Kasarpal and surrounding areas.

                  However, with the government diverting water from this plant to meet water needs of residents of Porvorim, Mapusa and other areas of North Goa, these villages too are deprived of water.

                  To resolve this problem, the government constructed a bandhara at Chapora to ensure 24-hours water supply to locals. However, even after this, supply continues to remain infrequent.

                  Locals allege utter negligence on the part of PWD officials and have often confronted them over the issue.

                  Bicholim MLA Rajesh Patnekar said he was monitoring the situation to avoid water shortage. “I have instructed officials to use their full strength to handle the water issue,” he said.


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                    ‘State must take over unused private land’

                    TNN | Jan 10, 2019, 03:43 IST

                    Panaji: Samajwadi Party leader Sanjay Agarwal on Wednesday raised several eyebrows when he said the state government must enact a law to take over private land that is unutilised for over 10 years.

                    “The government must think about this because if land is not utilised then it is a loss for the state,” the politician said.

                    Agarwal said that the repossessed land could be used to build a “New Goa” on 20,000 acres of land between Margao and Panaji. “A lot of investment and activity can take place here to create a new city for Goa,” he said.


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                      ‘Reducing costs on Alvara land not justifiable’

                      TNN | Jan 11, 2019, 03:20 IST

                      Panaji: Even as health minister and Valpoi MLA Vishwajit Rane has asked revenue minister Rohan Khaunte to reduce costs to convert Alvara land, an official said it is not a justifiable proposal.

                      Rane had suggested to reduce costs for completing formalities over such lands from Rs 5 per sqm to Rs 1 per sqm.

                      The Rs 5 per sqm was fixed to provide relief to Alvara land holders who failed to pay their dues towards Alvara grants over the years, said the officer, adding a decision in this regard was likely to be taken at a meeting on Thursday.

                      It is preposterous that this amount be also further asked to be reduced, he said, adding that the department is likely to get a rap from the Comptroller Auditor General of Goa (CAG) once again over this. It would be apt, the officer said, that Alvara land holders be asked to pay dues since the time they stopped paying.

                      Rane had sought to make changes in the Goa Land Revenue (Disposal of Government Lands) (Ninth Amendment) Rules, 2018 on humanitarian grounds.

                      The Goa Land Revenue Code (Amendment) Act, 2017, setting a deadline for perfecting rights and titles over Alvara lands, was notified six months ago. It was also pointed out that six months’ time granted for perfecting their rights and titles was not sufficient. If recipients of Alvara land failed to get their titles corrected within the stipulated time, the land was to be reverted back to the government. Hence, Rane had sought extension in time as many Alvara land holders held protests in Sattari.

                      The official said a discussion on this issue was also to be held at Thursday’s meeting, as also to other changes that could be made in the act.

                      In 2016, the state government approved regularisation of all Alvara grants as Class I occupancy rights on payment of fees and taxes. The Alvara grants were gifted to several Goan families by the Portuguese around the year 1917.


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