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    For ‘illegal constructions’, Calangute night clubs get coastal body notice

    TNN | Mar 7, 2019, 11:16 IST

    After an inspection, GCZMA observed there were CRZ violations

    PANAJI: Popular night spots Club Tito’s and Mambo’s on the Calangute-Baga beach stretch have been issued showcause notices by Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA), asking the businesses to explain how the construction of the structures was carried out without prior approval from the GCZMA. If the establishment owners fail to submit their reply before March 15, the structures will face demolition and disconnection of water/power supply without further notice, the GCZMA order states.

    The notice states that a complaint was received on November 24, 2018, from Kashinath Shetye about construction of structures in the no development zone (NDZ) for commercial purposes by Lucilda Maria D’Souza and David D’Souza.

    The GCZMA then carried out a site inspection through its expert members, who submitted a report observing that there was violation of the CRZ notification. Shetye’s complaint and the report was submitted before the GCZMA meeting on December 18 last year, where it was decided to issue the show-cause notice.

    “All proposed reconstructions, constructions, developments, repairs within 200m-500m from the sea require prior approval of GCZMA under CRZ notification 2011. The alleged construction appears to be without any prior approval. You are required to file your reply supported by affidavit and licence/approvals, if any, issued by authorities,” the notice states. It adds that failure to submit a reply will lead GCZMA to come to the conclusion that the proprietors have no justification to carry out its activities and final directions, including demolition, will be issued.

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      200 Khariawada houses may go for jetty project

      tnn | Mar 8, 2019, 04:34 IST

      Vasco: State authorities and officials of the Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) on Thursday identified 200 houses at Khariawada jetty that are likely to be demolished to facilitate expansion of the jetty. The survey was conducted amid heavy police security.

      Mormugao mamlatdar Satish Prabhu said police cover was sought as the previous attempt at a survey had turned chaotic due to misunderstandings among the locals. “This time, we wanted to avoid any law and order situation so that we could fulfil orders by the high court of Bombay at Goa,” he said.

      An MPT official said the identification of houses had begun towards the end of January, but had slowed down after locals began objecting. The official also said that although 360 houses have been identified in total, not all will be affected. “Once the MPT draws up the jetty expansion plan, we will know for sure how many houses it will affect. It may even be just 30.”

      Families who stand to lose their houses will be rehabilitated in Khariawada itself, only after which the expansion project will begin, the official added.

      Sources said Thursday’s survey was carried out in view of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between MPT, the Goa government and local fishing associations.

      When asked about the likely date of demolition, the Mormugao mamlatdar said he had no information.

      MPT executive engineer Sudin Prabhu Dessai, survey department officials and staff of the Mormugao Municipal Council were part of the inspection team.

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        Over 100-year-old Colvale chapel faces demolition

        TNN | Updated: Mar 8, 2019, 07:30 IST

        Fashion designer Wendell Rodricks has petitioned the President and PM

        PANAJI: An over 100-year-old chapel dedicated to St Anthony in Colvale village is facing demolition for the ongoing highway expansion work in the state. The village residents, led by fashion designer Wendell Rodricks, have petitioned the President of India, the Prime Minister and the chief minister on Thursday, seeking that the highway widening be realigned to save the chapel from demolition.

        The 57 Colvale residents have produced an agreement signed in 1928 and testimonies by two local residents in their 90s to prove that the chapel has existed for more than a century.

        In their letter, the villagers have said they have had to spare their land for several government projects like the Colvale industrial development corporation, housing board, central jail, central power grid, irrigation canal and staff quarters and for the previous as well as the current highway expansion. This amounts to 2.4 lakh sqm taken up together for the state and central government projects.

        Rodricks has said that despite giving away their village land for development projects, the authorities failed to discuss the decision to demolish the chapel.

        In the petition, Rodricks has said that demolition of the St Anthony Chapel is “illegal and in violation of the Supreme Court’s order that a religious structure over 100 years old cannot be destroyed. This ruling was enforced after the Babri Masjid demolition”.

        The villagers have asked for President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention to realign the highway and create a flyover on Y-shaped columns and an underpass at the St Anthony Chapel junction so that the religious structure is saved.

        “At the same time, can you plase ensure a noise-free corridor with screens so that the villagers can sleep and live in peace. A Y-shaped column flyover will also save many existing homes that are over 200 years old,” Rodricks, a Padma Shri awardee, has said. The villagers have said that when the Colvale land was acquired for previous central and state government projects, garbage management and cleaning facilities were not provided. They also said that the highway through the village was designed in such a manner that it endangers the lives of locals.

        “With the highway cutting the village in half without a bypass, our villagers, youth and elderly cannot cross the village due to life threatening traffic (we have lost lives of children and seniors or who have been seriously injured). The villagers have to wait at the highways to cross over to go to the temple, church and school, which are now on both sides of the highway,” says the letter.

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          St Cruz panchayat fined Rs 25,000 for burning garbage, again

          TNN | Updated: Mar 8, 2019, 11:38 IST

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          PANAJI: Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) has imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 on St Cruz panchayat for burning waste under the ‘polluter has to pay’ principle, stating this was in violation of Solid Waste Management (SWM) Rules, 2016. The board said police should increase patrolling to prevent repeat incidences in future.

          This is the second instance of the village body being fined for burning waste. In 2017, it was fined for failing to comply with the National Green Tribunal (NGT) order to not burn garbage publicly as a means of disposal.

          The board, after an extended hearing with panchayat secretary Rajesh Naik on Thursday, said the burning activity has been proven on the basis of the inspection it carried out on February 21.

          Expressing dissatisfaction over the panchayat’s SWM, the board said that it will take immediate steps to coordinate with the body for strict implementation of SWM rules.

          Local activist Arturo D’Souza had complained to the authorities about large-scale burning of solid waste at multiple spots from February 10. “The burning takes place mostly at night, causing large scale air and environmental pollution,” he alleged. He had submitted a CD as proof of the violation of an NGT order and SWM rules.

          Naik, who had been summoned regarding the blatant burning incidents on Wednesday, denied knowledge in the matter. He also denied the panchayat was responsible.

          It wouldn’t be fair to penalise the panchayat, he said, adding the panchayat was understaffed and lacked adequate funds and space for garbage management.

          D’Souza said the burning had stopped after he lodged a police complaint implicating the panchayat.

          Goa Waste Management Corporation’s move to stop accepting waste from St Cruz panchayat at its Saligao plant has also affected waste disposal, Naik said. But, the board stood its ground under “polluter has to pay” principle.

          In a rejoinder on Thursday, D’Souza expressed regret that the board had waived off the first fine of Rs 25,000 without informing him, adding that stringent action against the panchayat for this violation was inevitable.

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            Old sewerage line at Comba to be replaced

            TNN | Mar 9, 2019, 04:45 IST

            Margao: Woes of Comba residents regarding overflowing sewerage will soon be a thing of the past. The Sewerage and Infrastructure Development Corporation of Goa Ltd has issued work orders to replace the old, 7-km-long stoneware pipeline in the ward with a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) line.

            BJP spokesperson Sharmad Raiturkar told reporters on Tuesday that works amounting to Rs 14.5 crore have already been allotted to contractors. The total estimated cost of the project is Rs 27.5 crore. Raiturkar said he hoped work would begin immediately to avoid code of conduct restrictions.

            “It is due to chief minister Manohar Parrikar’s consistent monitoring, despite his ill health, that a permanent solution for sewerage problems is finally getting executed at Comba,” Raiturkar said.

            The new pipeline will be laid using an advanced, trench-less pipeline replacement method. The project is expected to be completed within two years and will be connected to the Arlem-Sirvodem sewer line.


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              Stop pollution of Tar river, say activists

              TNN | Mar 15, 2019, 04:09 IST

              Saligao: Youth of Mapusa, a voluntary organisation, has raised concerns over the polluted Tar river, demanding that the government authorities clean up the river.
              The Tar river is popular for immersing Ganesha idols during the festival.

              President, Youth of Mapusa, Gaurish Keni, its members, social activists, members from North Goa Pradesh Congress Committee visited the spot on Thursday to take stock of the situation.

              Members pointed out that the river has turned black due to leachate from accumulated garbage and from sewage water flowing from commercial and residential projects.

              The organisation will hand a memorandum to the health department.

              “We request the government authorities and health department to initiate action against projects that are diverting their sewage into the river,” said Keni, adding that diversion of sewage water be immediately stopped.


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                Bombay high court issues notice to Centre over new CRZ notification

                TNN | Mar 16, 2019, 11:05 IST

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                PANAJI: The high court of Bombay at Goa has issued a notice to the central government on three public interest litigations (PILS), seeking to quash and set aside the recently enacted Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) 2019 notification.

                The division bench issued a notice on March 11 to the ministry of environment, forests and climate change (Mo-EFCC) on the controversial CRZ notification in a PIL filed by Rainbow Warriors and two others and Kashinath Shetye and others. On March 13, it issued a notice in a similar PIL filed by Goa Foundation and Colva Civic and Consumer Forum.

                Rainbow Warriors have alleged that the new CRZ regime is issued in violation of the Constitution of India and the Environmental Protection Act, 1986, as well as the Environmental Rules, 1986.

                Further, Rainbow Warriors sought a stay on its operation. They also want to keep in abeyance any development in Goa’s khazan areas and turtle nesting sites of Morjim, Mandrem, Agonda and Galgibaga.

                The exercise undertaken by the government constitutes a colourable and legally mala fide exercise of power and is a fraud, it stated in its petition.

                MoEFCC has been allowed time of two weeks for its response while the petitions will be heard together on April 22 this year.

                Goa Foundation and the Colva Civic and Consumer Forum have sough a direction to the ministry to carry out preparation of coastal zone management plans as per CRZ notification 2011, and finalize the same at the earliest. It also prayed for a directive to the ministry to revoke all development permissions granted as per the new notification.


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                  Three years on, biomedical waste plant still stuck in red tape

                  Bindiya Chari | TNN | Mar 16, 2019, 11:02 IST

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                  PANAJI: It doesn’t look like the government’s plan to setup a bio-medical waste treatment facility will materialise any time soon. The site for the plant was identified at the Kundaim industrial estate more than two years ago, but the Goa Waste Management Corporation (GWMC) is yet to receive possession of the land.

                  The land in question belongs to the Goa Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC). Two weeks ago, the state-level committee, which is headed by chief secretary Parimal Rai, asked that the issue be sorted out immediately so that the plant can be set-up within 24 months, an official said.


                  Plans for a biomedical waste treatment plant began four years ago. It is only when the green board, judiciary or quasi-judiciary crack the whip that the government ensures it is making the right noises. When in almost two decades the state has not addressed the problem posed by garbage, managing to set up only one waste treatment plant, it is a clear indicator there is no will on the part of legislators. It is high time public health and environment are given utmost priority.

                  A senior official said that it will take more than a year to build it since, till date, even the land transfer has not happened. The state-level committee was constituted on the orders of the National Green Tribunal (NGT).

                  Only bio-medical waste generated at government hospitals is adequately taken care of, the official said. The waste goes to the treatment facility at Goa Medical College (GMC).

                  Medical waste from health facilities and other hospitals in Panaji is also taken care of as the Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) collects it and sends it here.

                  The official said the treatment of medical waste is a huge problem and many private hospitals and clinics do not adhere to bio-medical waste treatment rules.

                  Civic bodies are not vigilant about biomedical waste generated within their respective jurisdictions though some municipal bodies have started segregating waste.

                  “The issue is a huge, but it’s been down played. Private clinics dump their medical waste in open spaces. Since it is dumped at spots where other waste is dumped, it mostly goes unnoticed,” he said. Some civic bodies, he said wash their hands off the problem by stating they can’t do much about black spots. These are areas lying on the border between two villages or civic bodies that have been turned into waste dumps. Civic bodies say that since dumping happens during the night, they are helpless.

                  TIMES VIEW: Plans for a biomedical waste treatment plant began four years ago. It is only when the green board, judiciary or quasi-judiciary crack the whip that the government ensures it is making the right noises. When in almost two decades the state has not addressed the problem posed by garbage, managing to set up only one waste treatment plant, it is a clear indicator there is no will on the part of legislators. It is high time public health and environment are given utmost priority.


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                    Carmona panchayat up in arms over ‘change’ of 90k sq m

                    tnn | Mar 17, 2019, 04:07 IST

                    Colva: The Carmona panchayat on Saturday unanimously resolved to recommend to the chief town planner and the town and country planning board the rejection of an application to change 90,000 sq m of paddy field to facilitate an eco-resort.

                    Sarpanch Allwyn George said that seeing a notification regarding change of zone in the official gazette, he called for a special meeting to discuss the same and it was resolved to object to it. The application for change of zone was filed by Bullion Infrastructure

                    The panchayat said that the change of zone of such a huge area, comprising paddy fields, water bodies, khazan land, mangroves and a rivulet, destroy the natural habitat and ecological balance of the village, thereby causing extensive damage to its fragile eco system and bio-diversity.

                    The sarpanch also said that the change of zone, if permitted, would lead to flooding, ruin the fertile khazan lands, pollute the adjoining rivulet, destroy marine life, flora and fauna of the area and cause irreparable damage to the environment.

                    He said that enormous pressure would be put on the limited existing infrastructure like water and power supply and disposal of garbage, as well as ruin the demographic character of the village for the sole benefit of the company.

                    George said that the authorities should take local bodies and its people into confidence before issuing sensitive notifications as the body often gets caught in the crossfire. He said that the panchayat body would also seek an appointment with the TCP minister to discuss the issue.

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                      Sewage treatment tech that uses trees as bio-pumps

                      Gauree Malkarnekar | TNN | Updated: Mar 21, 2019, 07:23 IST

                      Lobo has urged authorities to use STADS to treat waste from STPs

                      PANAJI: Sewage treatment plants (STP) largely rely on chemicals to treat waste. But if the water thus derived is rejected for reuse by citizens, as is the case in Goa, it ultimately finds its way into the sea along with the many hazardous chemicals used to treat it.

                      To tackle the situation, a new method of sewage treatment is gaining traction across the country; one that employs a simple method tied to reforestation, where trees act as a bio-pump. Having been featured in the second edition of the Union urban development ministry’s ‘Manual on Sewerage and Sewage Treatment’, a variant of the mechanism is presently being used in close to 70 homes, hotels and residential complexes in North Goa.

                      Colvale-based Joseph Lobo, a former merchant navy captain who has developed the Goa variant, patented it eight years ago as STADS, or Sewage Treatment And Dispersal System.


                      Reusing recycled wastewater is a trend that is picking up globally, for it is the future of water management. Many countries like Israel use this water to meet agricultural irrigation needs. While Goa may not be a drought afflicted region, it does suffer from water scarcity. Thousands of million litres of treated water could be saved if recycled water could be used to lighten the irrigation load. The state government must seriously consider promoting the STADS technology.

                      He began working on the concept in 2008, after he realised that he could not construct a soakpit on his farm because it lay close a river.

                      “STADS involves storing human waste in a collection tank and adding effective microorganisms to it, which kills the odour. The added bacteria and oxygen accelerate the breakdown of waste. The water then goes through various levels of filtration,” Lobo says. The water is ultimately supplied through a pipeline to the roots of trees planted as part of the system.

                      “Trees act as small bio-pumps, absorbing liquid from the soil and releasing it into the environment through transpiration,” says the urban development ministry’s manual. “It also decreases the pH of soil, bringing it to neutral levels without significantly building up salinity. Expenditure involved in adopting this technique is not much. Another positive aspect of this system is the generation of revenue through the sale of these trees from time to time for various purposes,” the manual adds.

                      Lobo has now petitioned state authorities to use STADS to treat waste from STPs instead of using chemicals that could contaminate groundwater and rivers. He has written to various legislators asking them to use the system to green scarred mining pits. “Waste from the different STPs in the state could be treated using this method. Growth of fruit-bearing trees along the highways could also be supported. We could then opt out of the drought-tolerant, ornamental Australian trees introduced to our environment along the highways,” Lobo explains.

                      STADS uses underground pipelines that can be controlled remotely using Internet of Things (IoT). The hassle of watering trees everyday is therefore, eliminated. The system is based on the fact that human waste is a major yet undervalued resource. “Each human produces 1kg of waste each day and uses 200 litres of water to flush it down. If all this is not reused, it is a massive waste. While cow dung, which is widely reused as manure, comprises only fibre and some nitrogenous compounds, human excreta is several times more fertile due to the variety of nutrients a person consumes,” says Lobo.

                      Benefits of the novel mechanism are evident in residential complexes like Models Millennium in Caranzalem, which comprises 314 apartments and 1,200 residents.


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