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    Turtle site violation: NGT wants action-taken report

    TNN | Mar 5, 2019, 04:46 IST

    Panaji: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has ordered for the constitution of a three-member committee to verify allegations of violations of coastal regulations zone at four turtle nesting sites and submit an actual action-taken report within a month.

    The committee will comprise deputy conservator for wildlife and member secretaries of Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) and Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA).

    The conservator will act as the nodal agency to ensure compliance and coordination, the tribunal said.

    Goa Paryavaran Savrakshan Sangharsh Samiti had filed the application praying for implementation of the tribunal’s order dated November 2, 2017.

    The tribunal had directed GCZMA to initiate action against illegal temporary structures at Morjim, Mandrem, Galgibaga and Agonda beaches.

    The coastal body had been directed to enforce forest department recommendations for preservation of turtle nesting sites, recover compensation in case of violations, besides other incidental directions.

    The measures included restriction beach beds, illumination after sunset, loud music and movement of vehicles on beaches.

    The complainant alleged that the orders and recommendations had not been complied with. A few respondents, La Palge, Boomerang Resort, Babu Huts, Pegan Cafe, Ambica Concept, Micasa beach resort, D’Soule Lounge and Bar, Sky Club and Hotel Garage have allegedly built several structures in the no-development zone at turtle nesting sites.

    Sand dunes and vegetation have been destroyed since October, 2013 while commercial activities are without GCZMA’s permission. “The GCZMA is not performing its duty as a regulatory body to remedy the illegalities,” the bench noted. The matter has been fixed on May 1 for consideration of the report.

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      NGT raps Goa over illegal sand extraction

      National green tribunal (NGT) has taken serious note of the government’s failure to install CCTV cameras to monitor sand extraction and has directed it to deposit a Rs 20-lakh performance guarantee with the Central Pollution Control Board within ten days.

      TNN | Updated: Mar 5, 2019, 07:48 IST

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      PANAJI: National green tribunal (NGT) has taken serious note of the government’s failure to install CCTV cameras to monitor sand extraction and has directed it to deposit a Rs 20-lakh performance guarantee with the Central Pollution Control Board within ten days.

      In an order issued recently related to a complaint filed by Saidut Khorjuvekar regarding sand extraction in the Chapora, NGT noted that despite giving undertaking on November 1, 2017, to install monitoring infrastructure within two months, the government had not complied.

      The judges also recalled it had passed a series of orders since 2015, but the state has failed to respond expeditiously. “If the state fails to comply with the timeline prescribed for monitoring infrastructure, the performance guarantee shall stand forfeited,” the tribunal stated.

      The complainant had alleged that illegal sand extraction was being carried out in Zuvom de Tuem, an island in the Chapora situated between Tuem and Camurlim.

      After a meeting on November 24, 2016, and a joint inspection to identify locations for fixing CCTV cameras, various measures to check illegalities had been unanimously agreed upon, the judges said.

      An assistant geologist with the directorate of mines and geology had pleaded for time for installation of CCTV cameras at these locations.

      While cautioning about coercive orders in case of non-compliance, the tribunal called for an affidavit after two months and fixed the matter for hearing on May 8, 2019.

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        All registrar services to be digitised: Cabral

        TNN | Mar 5, 2019, 04:44 IST

        Panaji: Having successfully introduced the facility of online registration of property documents across all taluka offices, the office of state registrar is now contemplating facilitating online appointments and registration of other documents. These include documents relating to contractual obligations, firms, wills, succession deeds and societies.
        Currently, all these services are done manually and inadvertently take time.

        “I’m working with the National Informatics Centre (NIC) to provide added facilities at all sub-registrar offices,” law minister Nilesh Cabral told TOI.

        He said that his ministry is trying to convert all services offered at sub-registrar offices to an online mode to put an end to the inconvenience faced by the public in accessing them. The online facility will enable people to get their work done without having to undergo a waiting period.

        Earlier, those wanting their property documents to be registered had to wait for a period of one week, or sometimes even more, for the same. As a result, they preferred going through a lawyer. Carbral said the introduction of online service for registration of property documents has enabled them to reduce this waiting period. Once an appointment is obtained with the sub-registrar, documents are cleared within two days in the order that they are received by his office, he said.

        In a day, he said, the sub-registrars clears anywhere between 10 to 15 documents. Due to the high volumes of work, three sub-registrars are posted at the Salcete and Bardez taluka offices, Cabral said.

        When the online system initially became operational, it faced some teething problems such as difficulty is uploading the documents. Now, Cabral said, the system has been streamlined, and the complaints have reduced. He further said the ministry will now concentrate on digitalising the other services offered by the sub-registrar.

        At taluka office, where the work load is huge, Cabral said, additional staff will be provided. Also, wherever required, help desks will be set up to simply access to the services.

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          Housing board to reserve 30% of future projects for area locals

          Bindiya Chari

          At its board meeting, the Goa Housing Board (GHB) has decided to reserve 30% of total units, in all its future projects, for locals of the area. Locals will be exempted from GHB’s regular bidding process to acquire housing in a project coming up in their locality.
          | TNN | Updated: Mar 5, 2019, 07:26 IST

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          PANAJI: At its board meeting, the Goa Housing Board (GHB) has decided to reserve 30% of total units, in all its future projects, for locals of the area. Locals will be exempted from GHB’s regular bidding process to acquire housing in a project coming up in their locality.

          “This reservation will be applicable in all our future projects, irrespective of whether they are big or small. This is the first time that flats or units in GHB projects are being reserved for locals,” housing minister Jayesh Salgaonkar told TOI on Monday. Locals will able buy flats based on the recommendation of the respective panchayat, he said.

          The reservation comes in light of accusations levied against GHB that non-resident Goans are easily able to buy units in their projects while locals face a struggle.

          The new ruling will be applicable to all five new GHB projects in the pipeline, including a Rs 200 crore project comprising 1,500 units planned at Colvale, behind the central jail.

          The project, the minister said, has been cleared by chief minister Manohar Parrikar after thorough verification of every aspect, including environmental factors. “It was even checked whether the project site was the habitat of any migratory bird species,” he said.

          GHB, however, will have to wait till it receives an NOC from the Colvale panchayat, a request that’s been pending since the last two months. “They need to clear it without further delay,” Salgaonkar said. The Colvale project, which could be GHB’s first mega project, is expected to be completed in about two years after the selection of the contractor. Salgaonkar said the pre-bidding qualification process for the project has been completed and some top builders, including L&T, NCC and a Hyderabad-based real estate developer, have been enlisted.

          He said that future GHB projects, too, will have reputed real estate developers to ensure that quality of the construction is maintained. He said they will also ensure that the units are economically priced. “We should be able to keep costing minimal,” he said.

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            Congress's TCP monitoring panel asks citizens to voice plaints

            TNN | Mar 6, 2019, 07:15 IST

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            PANAJI: The Goa Pradesh Congress Committee has announced a town and country planning monitoring committee that will scrutinise and report illegalities by the government during preparation of outline development plans (ODP) and processes involved in zone conversion and land usage.

            The panel is chaired by architect Tulio de Souza and has Rahul De Faria from Mapusa, Jennifer Lewis Kamat from Panaji, Gautam Desai from Margao and Sudin Naik from Mapusa as its members. "It will be assisted by experts in town planning, advocates, activists and affected locals," Congress chief spokesperson Sunil Kawthankar stated in a press release.

            The party has appealed to aggrieved citizens to email

            The state Congress has objected to the amendments to the Goa town and country planning act for change of zone of land on a case-to-case basis by introducing Section 16B to the act. It has also opposed the arbitrary manner in which zones have been converted in the ODPs of PDA areas across Goa.

            "The government's policies regarding regional planning are detrimental to the development of the state. The public has also been voicing it dissent and has even taken legal recourse that has been ignored by the government," Kawthankar said.


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              'Calangute illegal road being removed'

              TNN | Mar 6, 2019, 11:16 IST

              Citizens staged a protest at the Calangute panchayat on Tuesday

              CALANGUTE: The Calangute panchayat has started removing the temporary road which was built close to the beach shacks at Baga, said Calangute sarpanchShawn Martins on Tuesday.

              Members of the Calangute Citizens Forum and villagers staged a protest rally at the Calangute panchayat on Tuesday demanding to know if the panchayat had taken any action on their memorandum dated February 25 objecting to the alleged illegal road.

              Martins said the panchayat has already started the process of clearing the mud dumped for the temporary road which had been created to clear the accumulated garbage in the area. He said the panchayat would finish the work in the next couple of days.

              Forum president Premanand Divkar said the sarpanch assured him that the road would be removed within two days.


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                Goa: Burning waste draws green board ire

                TNN | Mar 6, 2019, 11:12 IST

                Fires are being lit at public places in St Cruz to dispose of the garbage in an unscientific manner

                PANAJI: Garbage management at St Cruz has turned chaotic with stray animals seen feasting on rotting waste piles and garbage being burned at several black spots, which has prompted Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) to summon the panchayat secretary on Wednesday.

                The waste management plant at Saligao stopped accepting garbage from St Cruz since February 10 after repeated pleas to the panchayat to dispatch segregated waste failed to elicit positive action. Following this, the highly urbanised village is turning into a mess for local residents and others.

                Local activist Arturo D'Souza had complained to GSPCB about the panchayat's lack of a management plan to handle and treat waste scientifically. "A sorting facility is a necessity, but there is none," D'Souza alleged.

                GSPCB officials had inspected some parts of the village ten days ago and had found garbage littered in many prominent spots. The narrow road at Bandh, which links to Taleigao through fields, and another road that leads to the church were littered with heaps of waste.

                With unsegregated garbage being dumped in huge quantities, the situation has gone out of hand. "Fires are being lit to dispose of the garbage in an unscientific manner and in public places," a villager said. The spots with mounds of ashes and charred remains of plastic can be seen in a few areas.

                The secretary has been warned of stringent legal action regarding violations under provisions of Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016, and if he fails to turn up.


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                  Bicholim to set up ‘Hall of Shame’ for litterbugs

                  tnn | Mar 7, 2019, 04:48 IST

                  Bicholim: Bicholim Municipal Council (BMC) has hit on a novel idea to dissuade people from disposing garbage indiscriminately in the open in villages. Repeated offenders will find a place of honour in a ‘Hall of Shame’ of sorts that the civic body is planning.

                  Chief officer BMC Vivek Naik, who came up with the idea, has also appointed 10 ‘swachhta pravartan doots’— cleanliness enforcement sentinels — for the area.

                  However, a major challenge facing BMC is dumping of garbage by those living outside the jurisdiction of the civic body. To combat this problem, the local body is contemplating displaying photographs of offenders at prominent places in Bicholim — a ‘Hall of Shame’ of sorts.

                  Naik said the novel concept should definitely help keep the garbage menace under control. Stating that adults and children alike lacked knowledge about garbage disposal, he said there was need to create awareness. “It is basically a behavioural change that needs to happen, which is why awareness is needed. The main focus should be on women, households and schoolchildren,” Naik said.

                  As far wet waste disposal management was concerned, Naik said the panchayat should shoulder the responsibility of equipping homes in the village with mini composting units. “This will ultimately help panchayat authorities to maintain cleanliness.”


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                    Swachh survey: Panaji free falls to 337th, Goa is 18th among states

                    TNN | Updated: Mar 7, 2019, 07:20 IST

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                    PANAJI: The latest edition of the Swachh Survekshan survey saw Panaji’s free fall through the rankings continue, with the capital failing to make the cut in the country’s top 100 cities. Panaji’s 337th spot is a huge downgrade from its 2017 rank, 90, and its 2018 position, 155.

                    The 2019 nationwide survey saw Goa take the 18th spot. All of the state’s 14 urban local bodies (ULBs) participated in the survey, but all were relegated to close to 1,000 among the 4,203 locations covered. Panaji’s 337th rank was mainly due to the waste segregation and door-to-door garbage collection mechanism.

                    The 2019 survey spanned an entire year and covered 4,237 urban local bodies and cantonment boards, barring the state of West Bengal, which opted not to participate. According to the Union ministry of housing and urban affairs report for Swachh Survekshan 2019, 260 citizens from the state capital submitted their feedback. Based on citizen feedback, direct observation, and service levels, Panaji scored 1,593 marks out of 5,000.

                    Interestingly, in 2018, Panaji won the award for being India’s best state capital in ‘Innovation & Best Practices’. In Swachh Survekshan 2018, the Corporation of the city of Panaji (CCP) obtained 2,281 marks out of a total of 4,000.

                    This year, Panaji scored just 158 points out of 1,250 points for service-level progress, as opposed to the 319 out of 1,400 it scored in 2018. The Union ministry had noted that Panaji was improving the situation in solid waste management, sanitation, information, education and communication messaging, capacity building and behavior change measures.

                    The entire state as a whole was ranked 18 with a weighted average score of 77.


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                      Piles of garbage, sewage mar Arambol beach

                      Bindiya Chari | TNN | Mar 8, 2019, 04:19 IST

                      Arambol: Arambol beach in North Goa, which attracts a steady mix of Russian and domestic tourists, is gradually losing its sparkle with a pile of garbage lying in the middle of the beach for the last couple of days. Stray dogs tearing into plastic bags searching for food are adding to the mess.

                      A walk on the beach has become an unpleasant experience with the stench of sewage and waste permeating the sea breeze. “No waste collection has happened here for several days. Even when the waste is collected, it is not taken away but dumped on the beach itself,” said a shack operator.

                      Those engaged in tourist-based businesses, locals and outsiders alike, are unconcerned and apathetic to the problem. “The beach has been neglected by authorities. Nobody is bothered,” another shack operator said.

                      Refusing to confirm or deny if authorities were aware of the problem, Gadkar said, “The department will not pay the agency for work not done.” Drishti Lifesaving cleans beaches on behalf of the tourism department.

                      Drishti officials said they have discontinued beach cleaning between Keri and Morjim after informing the department as the latter has failed to resolve issues raised by them. “It did not acknowledge our concerns and continues to charge penalties at its discretion,” said Drishti in its written statement.

                      Littering, however, is not the sole problem at the beach, which was a pristine destination with sparkling sand until a few years ago. Private shacks have allegedly been releasing sewage on to the beach, and not been penalised for it.

                      Another shack operator said private shacks adjacent to the beach also release waste water and sewage into the sea with impunity. “They have laid sewage pipes under the sand leading to the sea,” he said. No vehicles are permitted on the beach to safeguard the already fragile ecosystem, but two-wheelers, belonging to tourists and locals, are parked on the beach.


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