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    Caranzalem landfilling on, CCP in denial

    TNN | Apr 8, 2018, 03:42 IST
    Panaji: With heavy machinery deployed to level the massive heaps of mud and debris dumped earlier in a long, lowlying strip of roadside land on Miramar-Dona Paula concrete road, the reclamation process appears to have entered the second phase.

    The clandestine mud-filling in a lowlying barren agricultural land within coastal regulation zone (CRZ) of Caranzalem beach had started on weekends in mid-December last year.

    The spot below a huge sand dune area with a board indicating that it was a property gifted by reverend canon Francisco da Cunha Souto Maior, a philanthropist in the 18th century was the first to be dumped with massive quantities of mud.

    Corporation of city of Panaji (CCP), including then mayor, Surendra Furtado kept denying any knowledge about the illegal dumping.

    The blatant dumping in the lowlying area continued over the months while authorities looked the other way. A couple of months later, another strip of land, further ahead towards Dona Paula near a beachside hotel, was also being reclaimed.

    On Saturday, heavy machinery was seen at the site in front of a showroom, as the mud dumped sporadically has been levelled. “A platform has been made at a level higher than the road. With the drainage blocked, this may affect the flow of water and cause flooding in the area,” a villager said.

    Citizens are irked by the apathy shown by authorities in initiating action against the illegal reclamation in CRZ area. The media had reported the issue several times, but CCP kept on insisting that no complaint had been received. Nandkumar Kamat, an environmentalist, said that he had telephonically informed the CCP.

    Newly-sworn in CCP mayor, Vithal Chopdekar said that he was not aware about the land-filling, but assured to look into the matter, especially the weekend levelling activity. “I will talk to the commissioner, who is out-of-station and look into it,” he said.









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      TCP minister terms agitation against PDAs ‘mobocracy’

      TNN | Apr 8, 2018, 03:30 IST

      Margao: Town and country planning (TCP) minister Vijai Sardesai on Saturday dismissed the one-week ultimatum issued by ‘Goemkars against PDAs’ to begin the process of denotifying the planning and development authorities (PDAs) for all villages, scrapping of the Regional Plan 2021, and bringing an amendment to the TCP Act to empower panchayats to formulate their own plans.

      “This is mobocracy and not democracy, and you cannot talk in a mobocracy. There is now a demand being made that the town planning department be dismantled. I have no powers to do this. Today, it is the TCP department, tomorrow, it will be the irrigation department. Then, let the gram sabha build the nullahs. In this manner, a day will come when they (agitators) will say that there is no need for a government, the gram sabhas will run the government as Goa is a small state. Claude Alvares can run Goa. If this anarchy progresses, how do you expect a civilised rational dialogue?” he said.

      Sardesai, hinting that the Congress had instigated the protests, also said, “Nobody can frighten me and I will not get frightened by anyone. The newbies in Congress should consult the seniors in the party instead of making any kind of statements.”










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        Veroda residents oppose realignment of highway

        TNN | Apr 11, 2018, 03:46 IST
        Quepem: Villagers have opposed the realignment of the national highway passing close to Veroda church, its school complex and nearby residential areas, as they alleged several houses and compounds would face demolition.

        Some residents were agitated over the sight of surveyors and the impending threat to their structures. A meeting was called by the parish priest of Veroda church with the local panch and nearby residents to oppose the realignment.

        The villagers alleged that the alignment, the third one, would affect old houses and places of worship belonging to Catholic and Hindus communities.

        Cuncolim MLA Clafacio Dias assured the residents that he was willing to quit as an MLA if he failed to convince the government to scrap this alignment.

        More than 200 locals unanimously opposed the third realignment which will start from Panzorconem to Balli, passing through Veroda and Velathem.

        Majority of the locals have preferred the first alignment from Sarzora, parallel to Konkan railway route till Balli, which was also notified in regional plan 2011.

        “My house will have to be demolished as per the third alignment,” Jani Varak, a 80-year-old woman said.








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          Pollution of Baga creek: Hotels asked to show cause

          tnn | Apr 11, 2018, 03:53 IST
          Calangute: The Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) recently issued showcause notices to a number of premises located along the Baga creek, following complaints of the release of sewage into the creek.

          The GSPCB had on February 6 conducted an inspection of the Baga creek and hotels located along it. Board officials had also taken water samples from the creek and the lake at Tambudki for testing. Test results revealed high levels of pollution in the both, the creek and the lake.

          The violating hotels and establishments have been directed to construct their own soakpits or sewerage treatment plants, depending on their size, failing which they will be shut down, GSPCB member Shawn Martins, who is also a member of the Calangute panchayat, told TOI.








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            Phase II of Mapusa sewage treatment plant opposed

            TNN | Updated: Apr 14, 2018, 06:05 IST
            MAPUSA: The Mapusa Municipal Council (MMC), at its council meeting on Friday, unanimously resolved to oppose work on the proposed second phase of the sewage treatment plant (STP) at Camarcazana, Mapusa.

            Vice chairperson Marlene De Souza moved the resolution saying that MMC is strongly opposed to this addition to the STP plant at Kamarkhazan which will be used to treat waste from Porvorim constituency, parts of Saligao constituency and other surrounding areas. The resolution was supported by councillor Rajsingh Rane.

            Councillor Ryan Braganza said that this initiative of the sewage corporation is a breach of trust as the no-objection (NOC) certificate had been obtained for Mapusa STP project and now the same is being used to construct another plant to service areas outside Mapusa.

            A resolution was also passed to grant a two-month extension to licence holders who have applied for a fire NOC with the Mapusa fire station for renewal of trade licences.






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              Consider construction debris use for road widening, HC tells PWD

              TNN | Apr 15, 2018, 03:12 IST
              Panaji: The high court of Bombay at Goa has suggested to the national highway section in the state PWD to explore the possibility of using construction debris in road widening works as it will help resolve the debris disposal problems in the state.

              In a recent order, the division bench of Justice N M Jamdar and Justice Prithviraj K Chavan observed, “We expect that the department will look at the wider picture to find a solution in public interest, and not get mired in administrative red-tapism.”

              The order related to a contempt petition filed by activist Aires Rodrigues over alleged governmental inaction and continued dumping of debris and garbage along Panaji-Old Goa bypass road. The original public interest litigation (PIL) of 2007 regarding rampant dumping at the same spot had led to various orders and the government had assured action in the matter. Though the state government recently announced the sites for dumping debris, Rodrigues submitted to the court that public works department (PWD) has not erected sign boards earmarking the sites and dumping continues.

              Advocate general Dattaprasad Lawande assured the court to look into the matter and inform the court about it. The matter has been adjourned to April 25.

              The judges have appended to the contempt plea a few matters, including one filed by activist Tome Carvalho praying that construction debris be used as a base filling material instead of using the soil. Concurring with the view, the judges held that one of the best ways to deal with construction debris issue was to use it for construction activity, including highways and bridges.









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                ‘Margao land use map shows flaws’

                TNN | Apr 18, 2018, 03:07 IST
                Margao: A group of social activists on Tuesday confronted the member secretary of the South Goa Planning and Development Authority (SGPDA), K Ashok Kumar, pointing out several discrepancies in the Margao land use map prepared by the authority. They demanded its immediate withdrawal, and urged the SGPDA to redraft the map after rectifying the anomalies, and in consultation with the public.

                The group comprised Sanjeev Raiturcar, Francisco Colaco, Ethel Lobo, Laurel Abranches, and Avinash Tavares. They pointed out that several roads, illegal structures, several mundakarial houses, kiosks, etc, were not shown in the land use plan, thus defeating the purpose of the exercise aimed at preparing the Outline Development Plan (ODP) for the city.

                TCP minister Vijai Sardesai, speaking to reporters later, said that “the land use map is thrown open to the public precisely to provoke reactions from the people” so that an error-free ODP is prepared.

                “We can certainly give more time for people (to provide their feedback) if they were unaware of it,” Sardesai said.









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                  GIDC’s move to hike lease rent illegal, says industry

                  TNN | Updated: Apr 19, 2018, 07:16 IST
                  Goa State industries Association maintains move will send wrong signal to investors and will increase financial burden

                  PANAJI: Goa State Industries Association on Wednesday opposed Goa Industries Development Corporation’s (GIDC) move to significantly increase lease rent not only for new industrial units, but also retrospectively. As a special meeting convened, industrialists from across the state demanded that the corporation revoke their decision.

                  “The arbitrary variation in lease rent during the continuance of the lease period will send a wrong signal to the investor community and will place a heavy financial burden on early investors,” president of the industries association Rajkumar Kamat said.

                  A few days earlier, Verna Industrial Association had urged the corporation to revoke the decision or else industrialists would be bound to take further course of action.

                  The corporation, which is struggling financially, issued a letter on April 6 to existing industrial estates and informed them about the hike in lease rent and raw water charges. The notice was issued after the board meeting on April 4 where lease rates were hiked to Rs 8 per sqm for industrial plots up to 2,000 sqm and Rs 16 per sqm for plots up to 5,000sqm. Larger plots of up to 10,000sqm have to pay Rs 24 per sqm while any plot more than 10,000 sqm would have to pay Rs 32.

                  For some industrial units, which have inked a long-term lease, the hike is as much as 2,000%, while for most industrial estates the increase in lease rent is on an average around 300%.

                  The industries association termed the corporation’s decision as unilateral, arbitrary and illegal. “How can they revise lease charges when the original lease agreement is still in force? This will not stand legally,” Kamat said.

                  In many cases, the legal agreement inked between the corporation and individual industrial units is fixed for 30 years or 99 years.











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                    Goa: GCCI to ask GIDC to maintain status quo on rent payable by industrial units

                    Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) held a special meeting of all industrial estate association heads where it was suggested that the GIDC could initiate measures to reduce its expenditureTNN | April 20, 2018, 17:00 IST

                    PANAJI: Opposition to Goa Industrial Development Corporation’s (GIDC) move to hike the lease rent payable by industrial units continues to grow. Several industrialists on Thursday urged GIDC to implement reforms instead of making the industrial sector a soft target.

                    Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) held a special meeting of all industrial estate association heads where it was suggested that the GIDC could initiate measures to reduce its expenditure rather than looking to increase revenue by taxing industries.

                    Livid over GIDC’s move, several industrialists said that the corporation was “extorting from the industry” by making “unreasonable and unjustified” demands which were not “legally tenable.”

                    “We have found that many members find the rise in the lease rent exorbitant,” GCCI president Sandip Bhandare said. “The government should either give a grant to GIDC or it should take up the maintenance and thus eliminate the need for this hike.”

                    After its board meeting on April 4, GIDC, which is struggling financially, issued demand notices based on the revised lease rent and raw water charges on April 9 to industrial units. GIDC had discussed the issue at its board meeting but chose to implement the move even before the minutes of the board meeting could be finalised.

                    “GCCI will write to GIDC and recommend that it should not implement the revised rates,” Bhandare said.

                    While calling for GIDC’s move to be put on hold, industrialists said that GIDC should bring in efficiency, transparency and reduce manpower by adopting technology to help reduce expenditure.











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                      Activists rap new draft notification

                      Paul Fernandes| TNN | Apr 21, 2018, 03:47 IST
                      Panaji: Activists and environmentalists are still scanning the 35-odd page draft Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) notification, 2018, but after a quick perusal, said that exchanging eco-fragile zones for economic gains would prove counter-productive in the long run.

                      “The objective of the CRZ norms is environmental protection and any changes that nullify this will be ecologically disastrous,” environmental activist Abhijit Prabhudeasi said.

                      Protection to CRZ areas in terms of prohibited activities continues, but allowing economic activities within the 200m high tide line is likely to lead to more coastal concretization. “A mild effect of a storm on the west coast in Goa flooded beaches and shacks. Permitting more commercial activity is mindless,” secretary Goa Bachao Abhiyan Reboni Saha said, adding that relaxing norms for business is completely counter-intuitive in the context global warming and storms surges.

                      Stating that, overall, the changes lack a human face, environmentalist Ramesh Gauns said, “Reducing the distance from the high tide line for economic development will only worsen the combined effect of other environmental destruction.”

                      Activists fear the local communities will face further displacement, threats to their livelihood. “The one signal that this draft clearly sends is that India’s coastlines are going to be launch pads of a new economic order—an order that has no place for traditional rights and customary uses,’ Siddharth Chakravarty of The Research Collective said.









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