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    Message of cleanliness the musical way

    Lisa Monteiro| TNN | Updated: Mar 5, 2018, 14:21 IST


    PANAJI: People taking a stroll on the Miramar beach on Sunday evening were in for a musical treat. What better way to spread the message of keeping state’s beaches clean than through music!

    Montry Manuel drove the message straight home when he created percussion using instruments made from random waste material. His growing audience watched in amazement as he used drum sticks to make music out of old paint tins, PVC pipes, soda cans, polythene bags, plastic bottles filled with sand, aluminium sheets and even a vacuum cleaner pipe.

    Like a magician, he kept pulling out more waste items, using a loop unit to incorporate the beats into his tracks.

    His mantra: reduce, reuse and retune! “I pick up garbage and give it new life,” he said. Manuel’s performance marked 100 days of the TeraMeraBeach campaign, aimed at educating people on cleanliness and beach management along the coast.

    The campaign that started in Baga and Miramar will now spread to Calangute, Candolim and Colva beaches.

    Drishti Marine, entrusted with the job of collecting waste across 40 of Goa’s beaches, has around 330 workers collecting wet waste each day and dry waste once every three days from the 400-odd beach shacks.

    It has taken a while for Drishti Marine to educate and convince shack owners to segregate their waste.

    Apoorv Naik, outreach manager at Drishti Marine said all shacks have been provided with two bins for wet and dry waste and garbage is collected only if it is segregated. “When we started collecting garbage in 2016, it was mostly unsegregated waste. The situation has improved,” he said. “Now we want to encourage shacks to reduce their carbon footprint by discouraging use of straws and other such items,” Naik said.






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      Aldona VP to recover house tax arrears: Sarpanch

      TNN | Mar 6, 2018, 03:11 IST
      Saligao: The Aldona village panchayat has taken a resolution to recover house tax arrears and also to initiate action against households failing to pay monthly rent to the panchayat. This decision was taken at the gram sabha of the panchayat held on Sunday.

      The gram sabha, which was scheduled to start on time was delayed by half-an-hour due to lack of quorum. Raising objections to the extraordinary gram sabha, a villager questioned the sarpanch as to why notices about the meeting were not published as per the Panchayati Raj Act.

      The sarpanch said that the date for the gram sabha was announced in the church well in advance and even e-messages were sent to all members of the village development committee.

      The meeting also proposed a budget of Rs 1.76 crore for 2018-19 after incorporating changes suggested by the villagers. A villager, Marie D'Souza, demanded that house tax assessment be done and that dues be recovered from the defaulters. The sarpanch said the panchayat has data and time will be given till March 31 to defaulters to pay house tax dues, or else, action will be initiated.






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        Govt dismisses activists’ protest against felling 22k trees at Mopa

        TNN | Mar 6, 2018, 03:19 IST
        Panaji: Conservator of forests Anil Kumar, on Monday, dismissed the appeal filed by the Federation of Rainbow Warriors challenging the permission granted by the deputy conservator of forests North Goa Kuldeep Sharma for felling 21,703 trees for the construction of Mopa airport.

        The appeal hearing went on for almost three hours.

        The conservator of forests as well as the principal conservator of forests refused to entertain the concern of the activists that trees were being felled haphazardly without being marked and sans supervision by the department. Tree felling began last week, taking advantage of the long weekend, Sandeep Kambli from Mopa said.

        “The matter sought to be raised by them in the appeal proceeding today has already been covered by them in front of principal bench National Green Tribunal (NGT). It is beyond my purview to take a call in this matter. Since NGT is already seized on all the matters in the case, I have dismissed the appeal,” Kumar said.

        General secretary, Federation of Rainbow Warriors, Abhijeet Prabhudessai said the department, instead of agreeing to mark the trees, requested them to approach the NGT for relief. “The conservator of forests is the appellate authority under the act and the NGT has asked us to solve the matter at this level, but we are being sent back to the NGT. They are sending us to Delhi to protect our trees here (in Goa),” he said.

        Swapnis Shelekhar said, “The NGT order says that we can approach the competent authority if trees are being illegally felled. The competent authority is the forest department. If the forest department cannot save the trees then which other department can?”

        General secretary, Federation of Rainbow Warriors, Abhijeet Prabhudessai said the department, instead of agreeing to mark trees, requested them to approach the NGT for relief







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          Strict building norms to curb air pollution

          Paul Fernandes| tnn | Mar 6, 2018, 03:34 IST
          Panaji: In an effort to tackle air pollution in towns and cities, the central government has set out to ensure that dust mitigation measures for construction and demolition activities are compulsorily implemented. The measures apply to projects that require environmental clearances (EC).

          The ministry of environment, forest and climate change (MoEFCC) on January 25 issued and notified amended rules, called the Environment (Protection) Amendment Rules 2018, seeking to lay down guidelines for mandatory implementation of dust mitigation measures.

          “Big projects with a built-up area of more than 20,000 sqm, such as government projects, private housing projects and others requiring EC will have to comply with the guidelines laid down by the MoEFCC,” an official said. This suggests that promoters of all such buildings or infrastructure projects will be required to provide an environmental management plan, inclusive of dust mitigation measures, before they receive approval.

          As per the new serial number 107 that has been inserted in the Environment (Protection) Rules 1986, grinding and cutting of building materials in open areas will not be allowed. It also stipulates that construction material and waste has to be deposited only within a earmarked area and that any storage of such materials by the roadside will be prohibited. Transportation of construction material and waste in an open vehicle will also be prohibited.

          “A construction and demolition waste processing and disposal site shall be identified and required dust mitigation measures shall be notified at the site,” the provisions in the amended rules state.

          The new serial numbers 106 and 107 apply to cities and towns where the value of PM10 and PM2.5 exceed the prescribed limits in national ambient air quality standards. Essentially, PM10 denotes particulate matter that is 10 micrometres or less in diameter, while PM2.5 represents matter that is 2.5 micrometres or less in diameter. A breach in PM10 and PM2.5 limits could affect respiration in healthy people and could have serious impacts on those already afflicted with lung and heart disease.

          The Goa State Pollution Control Board monitors ambient air quality in Panaji, Vasco, Assonora, Amona, Bicholim, Honda, Codli, Curchorem, Kundaim, Mapusa, Margao, Ponda, Sanguem, and Tilamol (Quepem). Its annual reports indicate that the value of PM10 has exceeded the prescribed limit in some instances.









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            HC asks for govt report on water availability at Sonshi

            TNN | Mar 7, 2018, 03:14 IST Panaji: The high court of Bombay at Goa directed the chief engineer of the public works department (PWD) to visit Sonshi, inspect the ground realities there regarding availability of safe drinking water and thereafter submit a report before it.

            The high court also reprimanded the government for under-utilising the District Mineral Foundation Fund (DMFF) meant for the welfare and benefit of persons and areas affected by mining.

            “We are at a loss to understand the apathy. Finance is not an impediment, specific funds and scheme are in place, yet it requires orders from this court to provide safe drinking water,” observed the high court.

            A division bench comprising justices N M Jamdar and Prithviraj Chavan in its order stated, “Perusal of Section 9 B indicates that the funds are to be used for the interest and benefit of the persons and the areas affected by mining related operations.”

            These directions came in connection with the public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Goa Foundation regarding the situation at Sonshi which is adversely affected by mining. The petition pleaded for urgent supply of water to the village and rehabilitation of villagers. It also sought implementation of the District Mineral Foundation scheme.

            The petitioner informed the court that the total amount available till date in the two district foundations is Rs 140 crore and that not a single rupee has been spent on the welfare of persons and communities in mining affected villages.

            The chief secretary has been asked to file an affidavit giving details of the amount available in the District Mineral Foundation Fund and the manner in which it is being spent. The affidavit will have to be filed within three weeks.

            The high court also pointed out that the central government has directed the state government to incorporate the Pradhan Mantri Khanij Kshetra Kalyan Yojana, which has to be implemented by the District Mineral Foundation Fund.

            The District Mineral Foundation scheme mandates that the highest priority be given to drinking water supply, stating that it must contain centralised purification systems, water treatment plants, permanent/temporary water distribution network, including standalone facilities for drinking water.

            The court was informed that respondent mining companies have contributed to the fund and substantial amounts was available in the said fund. The high court also directed that the visit by the chief engineer should take place in the company of the secretary, District Legal Services Authority, North Goa.






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              Allow mining till leases are auctioned: Cabral

              TNN | Mar 7, 2018, 03:13 IST
              Panaji: Curchorem MLA Nilesh Cabral said on Tuesday that coal minister Piyush Goyal apologised for his statement on the Goa mining issue turning into another ‘Coalgate’, after they thoroughly briefed him on the issue. Goyal had told the all-party delegation in no uncertain terms that the state government would have to auction iron ore mine leases.

              Cabral told reporters that after hearing them out, Goyal was “convinced and he assured us to take up the matter. He (Goyal) apologised for his statement”.

              The Curchorem MLA said that the all-party delegation went to Delhi not to protect the interest of mines owners, but to protect the economic activities of the state so that mining operations can continue after March 15.

              Mining belt MLAs had demanded that if the central government cannot amend the Goa Daman and Diu Mining Concession (Abolition and Declaration as Mining Leases) Act, 1987, so that leases can continue to operate after March 15, then they should bring in an ordinance on the lines of Jallikattu to continue mining activities for at least four year till the mines in Goa are auctioned.

              He added that the all-party delegation will once again leave for Delhi on March 9 to meet finance minister Arun Jaitley, mines minister Narendra Tomar and law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. “If possible, we will meet the prime minister,” he added.

              Mining belt MLAs also urged Congress to get in touch with their high command to convince them to support the Goa mining issue. “Congress should contact its president and leader of opposition in Lok Sabha Rahul Gandhi and seek support for mining in Goa,” Cabral said.

              The MLAs said that if mining comes to a halt on March 15, it would adversely affect people of Goa. Cabral said they will urge the government to take a cabinet decision to solve the mining issues and forward the decision to the Union government.

              “We will meet the governor and ask her to take up the mining issue with the Union government to come out with a solution,” Cabral said.






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                Strict building norms to curb air pollution

                Paul Fernandes| tnn | Mar 6, 2018, 03:34 IST
                Panaji: In an effort to tackle air pollution in towns and cities, the central government has set out to ensure that dust mitigation measures for construction and demolition activities are compulsorily implemented. The measures apply to projects that require environmental clearances (EC).

                The ministry of environment, forest and climate change (MoEFCC) on January 25 issued and notified amended rules, called the Environment (Protection) Amendment Rules 2018, seeking to lay down guidelines for mandatory implementation of dust mitigation measures.

                “Big projects with a built-up area of more than 20,000 sqm, such as government projects, private housing projects and others requiring EC will have to comply with the guidelines laid down by the MoEFCC,” an official said. This suggests that promoters of all such buildings or infrastructure projects will be required to provide an environmental management plan, inclusive of dust mitigation measures, before they receive approval.

                As per the new serial number 107 that has been inserted in the Environment (Protection) Rules 1986, grinding and cutting of building materials in open areas will not be allowed. It also stipulates that construction material and waste has to be deposited only within a earmarked area and that any storage of such materials by the roadside will be prohibited. Transportation of construction material and waste in an open vehicle will also be prohibited.

                “A construction and demolition waste processing and disposal site shall be identified and required dust mitigation measures shall be notified at the site,” the provisions in the amended rules state.

                The new serial numbers 106 and 107 apply to cities and towns where the value of PM10 and PM2.5 exceed the prescribed limits in national ambient air quality standards. Essentially, PM10 denotes particulate matter that is 10 micrometres or less in diameter, while PM2.5 represents matter that is 2.5 micrometres or less in diameter. A breach in PM10 and PM2.5 limits could affect respiration in healthy people and could have serious impacts on those already afflicted with lung and heart disease.

                The Goa State Pollution Control Board monitors ambient air quality in Panaji, Vasco, Assonora, Amona, Bicholim, Honda, Codli, Curchorem, Kundaim, Mapusa, Margao, Ponda, Sanguem, and Tilamol (Quepem). Its annual reports indicate that the value of PM10 has exceeded the prescribed limit in some instances.







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                  Mines department orders leaseholders to stop extraction

                  tnn | Updated: Mar 7, 2018, 14:12 IST


                  PANAJI: Even as an all-party delegation is desperately trying to ensure the continuation of mining operations in Goa, the state directorate of mines and geology on Tuesday directed mining companies to stop iron ore extraction by 6pm on March 13, and transportation of such ore by 6pm on March 14. The direction follows the SupremeCourt’s order to cease all mining activity in the state by March 15.

                  The movement of e-auctioned cargo from working leases will be also stopped from Wednesday (March 7) up until March 16 at least. Resumption of such movement will be allowed only after the necessary safeguards are put in place, the mines directorate stated.

                  “A separate order directing all leaseholders to stop extraction of ore from March 13 has been issued. Only transportation of ore lying at stockyards, jetties or processing plants, for which royalty has been paid, may continue beyond March 14,” mines director Prasanna Acharya, said. He clarified that no transportation of ore from leases that have been granted second renewals will be allowed after 6pm on March 14.

                  Acharya also said all leaseholders have been instructed to take all movable machinery out of their respective leasehold areas by 1pm on March 15, unless otherwise directed by the office of the regional controller of mines, or the regional office of the ministry of environment, forest and climate change (MoEFCC), Bengaluru, both of which are the final authorities concerning mining operations in accordance with provisions of the MMDR Act 1957 and Rules.

                  The leases shall subsequently be inspected by technical staff of the state mines directorate independently or together with officials of the Indian Bureau of Mines, directorate of mines safety, forest department, MoEFCC, Goa State State Pollution Control Board and other bodies from 1pm on March 15, the mines director said.

                  The mines department has, meanwhile, constituted four teams to inspect working and non-working leases that were granted second renewals. Acharya said the inspections, which began on Tuesday, will first focus on identifying stacks of ore within the working leases/mines. “The teams will collect details of such stacks to identify whether they are freshly extracted minerals, or e-auction cargo, or old dumps,” he said. Each stack will also be photographed, he said.

                  Mining leaseholders who were granted second renewals have been directed to display a board detailing whether the stacks within their leases are freshly extracted ore, e-auction cargo or waste dumps. “The exercise shall be completed before March 10,” Acharya said.

                  The inspection teams will cover non-working mines from Wednesday onwards. This is in addition to the daily monitoring and regulation of production, dispatch, transportation and trade of ore that is undertaken separately.




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                    Calangute ODP is Rs 400-crore scam, says former MLA

                    TNN | Updated: Mar 7, 2018, 14:18 IST

                    PANAJI: Congress spokesperson Agnelo Fernandes has alleged that the outline development plan (ODP) of Calangute and Candolim is a Rs 400-crore scam in the making with a flurry of illegal conversion of lands in eco-fragile areas.

                    Addressing a press conference on Tuesday along with residents of Calangute and Candolim, Fernandes accused North Goa Planning and Development Authority (NGPDA) chairman Michael Lobo, of allowing illegal conversion of about 25,000 sqm of no-development zone (NDZ) and another 4,000-5,000 sqm of land that are currently paddy fields.

                    The former Calangute MLA also warned of an agitation if the alleged illegal change of land use proposed in the ODP was not undone. He accused Lobo of “pandering to non-Goan builders” and added that the changes effected in the ODP were chiefly for their benefit.

                    When asked what they proposed to do to tackle the alleged illegalities in the ODP, Fernandes said, “We will stage an agitation,” but refrained from mentioning a date on grounds that the process of finalisation of the ODP has not ended.

                    The NGPDA recently invited suggestions and objections to the draft ODP.

                    Fernandes also alleged that Lobo’s statements were full of bluff. “He has always been playing to the gallery. He has been saying that houses in Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) areas will be legalised, but till date not one has been legalised,” he said.

                    Former Parra sarpanch Benedict D’Souza, who was also present at the press conference, opposed incorporation of parts of Arpora-Nagoa and Parra into the PDA’s jurisdiction.

                    “A small village like Parra doesn’t need to be part of the PDA. It will bring more pitfalls than benefits to the locals,” he said. D’Souza said Parra villagers are considering all options to stop their village from being brought under the ambit of ODP. “Some of Lobo’s employees are themselves involved in illegal land filling. He wants to bring villages under the planning area to legalise such illegalities,” he alleged.









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                      Rane: Study mining ground reality first

                      TNN | Mar 8, 2018, 03:17 IST
                      Panaji: The state government must study the ground reality of the mining industry before auctioning mines, said former chief minister and Poriem MLA Pratapsingh Rane on Tuesday speaking on the sidelines of an event in Panaji on Tuesday.

                      He also said that auctioning of mining leases will affect livelihoods of many people and not just mine owners.

                      “Truck owners who have loans, widows serving lunch and tea to mine workers etc, amounting to nearly 60,000 people, will be unemployed. The mining industry brings in Rs 1,000 crore as income which the state will loseAll those dependent on mining, directly and indirectly, will suffer,” he said.










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