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    Buried in sand, Cong workers liken new CRZ rules to death knell for Goa

    TNN | Jan 25, 2019, 03:17 IST

    Panaji: In a novel protest, Congress workers buried themselves in sand at Miramar beach on Thursday to draw attention to the impact that Goa would face if the Coastal Regulation Zone 2019 notification was implemented in the state. Activists and party MLAs demanded that the Centre withdraw the contentious notification before the Lok Sabha elections.

    Accusing the state government of lying in the assembly, opposition leader Chandrakant Kavlekar said Congress MLAs would raise the issue in the House in the upcoming session.

    “We have to put pressure on the Centre to withdraw the CRZ notification,” former chief minister Digambar Kamat said.

    NGOs and civic activists joined the Congress during the protest and also tried to create awareness about the impact of the notification.

    “The CRZ was meant to protect khazan land, eco-sensitive zones, marine ecosystems and fishermen, but here the government is trying to bring in a new CRZ notification that wants to promote industrialisation and construction along the coastline,” said Goenchea Ramponkarancho Ekvott general secretary, Olencio Simoes. “It is clear that just as they have killed mining, they are out to finish tourism and local communities. We request all political parties and NGOs to make this an election issue because this is not just about CRZ but about a move to concretise the entire state.”

    Congress youth president Varad Mardolkar warned that the diluted CRZ notification would cause major damage to the country’s coastline. “For Goa, it will also destroy our identity and culture. We have seen what happened in Kerala. The same will happen here if we don’t protect the coastline,” he said.

    Party MLAs Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco, Francis Silveira and Wilfred D’Sa were also present for the protest along with state Congress president, Girish Chodankar.

    “This is government-sponsored destruction of the environment. Across the world, countries are trying to protect the environment, but this government is trying to destroy those very things. This is regressive,” said Chodankar.

    He further alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP national president Amit Shah wanted to “put the coastline in the hands of capitalists”.








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      NGPDA told to redraft Panaji, Mapusa ODP

      TNN | Jan 25, 2019, 03:28 IST

      Panaji: The outline development plan (ODP) and land use map for Panaji and Mapusa will be redrafted just over two years after they were notifying by the North Goa Planning and Development Authority (NGPDA).

      The state government has issued directions to the NGPDA to revise the ODP and prepare the land use map and land use register for Mapusa and Panaji, said chief town planner Rajesh Naik.

      The town and country planning (TCP) department has directed the NGPDA to follow the procedure laid down by the Town and Country Planning Act.

      TCP minister Vijay Sardesai had said a uniform process had to be followed while drafting all ODPs in the state and this included preparation of a land use register, land maps and a draft ODP. This procedure, he said, was not followed by NGPDA.

      Sardesai had informed the legislative assembly that, since the NGPDA had not followed due process while drafting the plans, the ODPs would be scrapped and fresh ODPs would be prepared.

      The Panaji and Mapusa ODP were notified in December 2016 but in August 2018, Sardesai announced that the TCP board had decided to restart the process.

      NGPDA has accepted the state government’s decision and will begin the process to prepare the fresh land use maps and plans.

      The Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) had also challenged the Panaji ODP 2021 before the Goa bench of the high court of Bombay since the CCP had not given its approval.

      The Panaji ODP 2021 had increased FAR from existing 100 (S-1) and 0.80% (S-2) to 200 in the settlement zone, while 300 is recommended in the commercial zone against the existing FAR of 200 (C-1).

      The Panaji ODP had shown 1,39,100 sqm of settlement land as commercial zone and 20,568 sqm of orchard land as settlement and commercial zone.







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        10 crore litre water saved while building cable-stayed Mandovi bridge: GSIDC

        Murari Shetye | TNN | Updated: Jan 25, 2019, 06:37 IST

        The final round of load-testing was carried out on the bridge on Thursday.

        PANAJI: At a time when the state is losing 30% of its treated water before it reaches the consumers, the Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC) has saved almost 10 crore litre treated water while constructing the third Mandovi bridge by using curing compound, instead of water for curing. Curing compound is a chemical used to seal the evaporation of water from the concrete.

        Bridge design is 100% Indian: GSIDC vice-chairman Sidharth Kuncalienker

        Generally at construction site, after putting a concrete slab, water is retained on it by putting up temporary dikes for a few days so that when there is a reaction in the concrete there is no loss of moisture from the slab. This prevents the slab from developing cracks and helps it gain maximum strength. But in case of the cable-stayed Mandovi bridge, instead of water, a curing compound was used.

        Speaking to TOI, GSIDC vice-chairman Sidharth Kuncalienker said the curing compound is costly and thus water is generally used for the purpose. In case of the bridge, we have not compromised with quality due to the cost factor.

        “The use of curing compound has ensured that quality of concrete is maintained. It is a big positive as it has also saved the state’s resource in the form of 10 crore litre water,” he said. “We cannot use salty water from the river for curing. We have to use treated water,” the GSIDC vice-chairman said.

        “When water is used there is always an element of doubt about whether the concrete has gained that much of strength, but by using a curing compound it is certain that the concrete slab will gain maximum strength,” he said.

        Kuncalienker said the second innovative thing which is used in construction of third Mandovi bridge is corrosion resistance steel (CRS). “CRS was specially manufactured for this bridge at Tata Steel, Jamshedpur. Steel gets one layer of nickel chromium. Actually, it looks like rust. But the layer protects the inner steel from any corrosion,” he said.

        Kuncalienker said, an anti-carbonation paint is used for this bridge. Carbon dioxide from the atmosphere reacts with the concrete, leading to a loss of alkalinity and subsequent corrosion of the steel. So, this will give the concrete a layer to prevent carbonisation of the concrete. “The total life of third Mandovi bridge is 100 years and it will require periodic maintenance,” the GSIDC vice-chairman said.

        Another innovation is the third Mandovi bridge is an 100% Indian design, Kuncalienker said. The bridge is designed by engineers from L&T, Indian Engineers, GSIDC, TPF and IIT-Chennai. “Except the bridge cables, everything else that has gone into the making of the bridge is Indian. In fact, many components have been made in Goa,” he said. “The cables were imported as they are not available in India,” he added.









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          Online bids invited for 4-lane bridge over Sangam river

          TNN | Jan 26, 2019, 03:19 IST

          Quepem: Initiating the process for the construction of a four-lane parallel bridge over river Sangam, that will link Quepem to Sanguem, the Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC) has invited online bids from eligible contractors for the Rs 17.9 crore project.

          The foundation stone for the new bridge will be laid on January 28 by public works department (PWD) minister Ramkrishna Dhavalikar along with Sanguem MLA Prasad Gaonkar, Sanvordem MLA Deepak Pauskar and GSIDC chairman Sidharth Kuncalienkar.

          PWD sources said that the new bridge will be around 100 m long.

          The PWD has already acquired land for the project on the northern side of the existing Portuguese-era bridge. PWD assistant engineer Dayanand Nadkarni told TOI that on one side, the land has been cleared of trees and that they will start clearing the other side post the ceremony. The forest department has already issued a no objection certificate (NOC) for cutting of trees on both sides of the river.

          Gaonkar told TOI that while land for the project has already been acquired by the government, the land dispute of just one house is still pending in the court. The government has cleared the compensation amount to be paid to the owner of the house and they will be rehabilitate soon, he said.

          Earlier, TOI had highlighted the peoples’ safety concern over the decades-old existing bridge which was too narrow and lacked also a parapet wall along the steep approach road.











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            Complete Western Bypass at earliest: HC

            Lisa Monteiro | TNN | Jan 26, 2019, 11:53 IST



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            PANAJI: Stating that the delay in completion of the Western Bypass Project in South Goa is ‘inconveniencing’ public, the high court of Bombay at Goa on Wednesday pulled up the Centre and state governments for the project that’s been pending since 2015.

            The court directed the secretary of the Union ministry of road transport and highways to “personally look into this issue” and apprise the court of measures required to be adopted so that construction of the bypass is completed “as expeditiously as possible”. The secretary has been directed to file an affidavit by February 8.

            The court also directed state government officials to pursue the matter with the ministry to ensure that the project is completed.

            Terming it “red tape at its best”, Justice Mahesh Sonak stated that public projects should not be left lingering. It is “completely unacceptable” that a project started in 2015 has come to a standstill with “no end in sight”, he stated.

            In the interim order passed by Justices Sonak and Prithviraj K Chavan, the court stated that the work order was issued in 2015 and the project was expected to be completed in all respects within two years.

            While the ministry stated that the construction of 8.3km of the total length of 11.9km would be completed in May 2020, the chief engineer, public works department, stated that the construction of the 8.3km stretch would be completed by May 2019.

            The court stated that since almost 75% of the bypass is to be completed by May 2019, the respondents must take emergent decisions and complete the balance portion too. “The delayed project entails considerable cost overruns, not to mention the inconvenience to the public,” the court stated.

            The affidavit filed by the ministry’s executive engineer is “not at all satisfactory”, the court stated, adding that it only seeks to project problems and gives suggestions instead of suggesting measures by which the construction work can be completed. When the government told the court that the project had received opposition from public, Justice Sonak asked whether both parties were pleading helplessness, and added that a public project once conceived cannot be abandoned halfway. The government also told the court that due to the opposition, an alternative was being considered, which would cost Rs 600 crore instead of Rs 200 crore.







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              Goa taken to task over delay in waste management plans

              TNN | Jan 26, 2019, 11:55 IST


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              PANAJI: Highlighting the “dire necessity” for solid waste management facilities in South Goa, the high court of Bombay at Goa directed the finance department and the expenditure finance committee to take a decision on the pending proposal of setting up a plant at Cacora.

              The high court directed the state government to file an affidavit indicating a precise timeline for the proposed project.

              The advocate general told the court that environmental clearance for the project was obtained on January 22, 2018, and that the proposal is pending in the finance department and the expenditure finance committee on aspects, including price escalation.

              The court also directed the government to indicate a timeline showing by when the plant at Saligao will be able to treat 250MT of waste per day and the steps it is taking to obtain consent from the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB). The plant presently treats 100MT of waste per day.

              The advocate general told the court that the plant has the capacity to treat almost 250MT of waste per day and that it will shortly make necessary applications to the GSPCB for its approval.

              The court asked the government to indicate timelines for setting up of solid waste management facilities at Banguinim and Verna. The Goa Waste Management Corporation has already set up three material recovery facilities at Verna, Kakoda and Bicholim whereby waste is collected and segregated, the advocate general said.

              The government is also in the process of setting up a plastic-to-fuel plant at Pernem and 50 percent of the civil construction is completed. The plant is expected to be commissioned by May 2019, the government stated.











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                ‘Given up on water transport in Goa’

                TNN | Jan 28, 2019, 03:15 IST

                Panaji: Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Sunday said that he has given up on developing water transport in Goa and it “pained him” to say it. Addressing the public, the Union minister said, “I had a dream of having a transport system like Venice in Goa. Through waterways, you can reach the airport. But there is no progress on water transport in Goa.” tnn









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                  Panaji market tenants told to give proof of occupancy

                  TNN | Jan 28, 2019, 07:43 IST

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                  PANAJI: Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) has asked individuals and occupants, whose names figure in the original Goa State Industrial Development Corporation (GSIDC) list, and their legal heirs in possession and occupation of stalls and areas in the new market complex to submit proof of their occupancy and possession on or before February 28.

                  In a public notice, CCP has asked for an affidavit-cum-declaration-cum-undertaking in proof of their claim of occupancy or possession of shop to be submitted to the administrative-cum-accounts officer as well obtain details and date for execution of leave and license agreement failing which the CCP has stated that it will evict individuals as per provisions of law.

                  Last week, in a step towards resolving the issue of illegal tenants in the new market, CCP, at a special meeting, passed a resolution to regularise occupants in the new Panaji market complex by signing agreements of leave and licence for a 30-year period. CCP decided to cancel all allotments to the tenants as it was done without following legal procedure.









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                    At your doorstep: Margao waste collection from February 1

                    TNN | Jan 31, 2019, 11:58 IST


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                    MARGAO: The Margao Municipal Council (MMC) has “geared up” to kickstart door to door collection of segregated waste from all its wards on February 1, chief officer Siddhivinayak Naik said on Wednesday.

                    Naik told TOI that an orientation programme for sanitary workers and stakeholders of the waste collection exercise was held on Tuesday in which the participants were briefed on the details of the mechanism that will be put in place.

                    While MMC is currently undertaking collection of segregated waste from wards 1 to 7, the exercise will be extended to the rest of the 25 wards from February 1. At a recent meeting with the MMC, director of municipal administration (DMA) R Menaka had assured to handhold the municipality through the solid waste management process and procedures.

                    Each ward has been allocated a certain number of workers and garbage vehicles based on the number of households and commercial units in the area. The MMC will soon appoint a Swachh Bharat Mission coordinator who will be tasked with coordinating with it and the DMA in the solid waste management projects.

                    With regard to the notice served by Fomento Green to the MMC, Naik told TOI that the council would soon reply to the notice stating its position on the matter. As per the notice, Fomento Green intends to shut the solid waste management plant at Sonsoddo after March 18.










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                      Capacity of Saligao garbage plant to be increased 2.5 times

                      TNN | Jan 31, 2019, 12:12 IST

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                      PANAJI: The capacity of the Saligao waste management facility, which can currently treat 100 tonne waste per day, will be more than doubled to 250 tonnes, the economic survey for 2018-19 states.

                      “The detailed project report is under consideration of the government. The facility at Saligao has treated 39,336.9 tonnes of waste received at the plant during the financial year 2018-19, up to December 31, 2018,” states the report.

                      During the financial year 2019-20, the state government proposes to set up other waste management facilities like a plant to treat hazardous waste, one for construction and demolition waste management, a soap recycling station, biomedical waste management facility, etc, the report states.

                      The Goa waste management corporation is also in the process of formulating a solid waste management policy for Goa, reads the report.






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