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    NGT Pune to finally reopen its courtroom doors on July 7

    TNN | Updated: May 10, 2018, 13:52 IST
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    PANAJI: The Pune bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) is scheduled to reopen from July 7 as the tribunal’s acting chairperson has approved the arrangement of benches and allocation of business for work.

    In an office order that’s likely to come as a huge relief for litigants and activists from Goa, the chairperson approved the appointment of Justice Sonam Phintso Wangdi as judicial member and Nagin Nanda as expert member. The appointments appear to be temporary, as the order states that it shall be effective for two months from July 2.




    This development comes in the wake of a writ petition filed before Supreme Courtby the NGT bar association (western zone). The Attorney General of India informed the top court that Justice Jawad Rahim will discharge the duties of the chairperson, including the selection process, to fill up vacancies.

    The SC bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, held that Rahim’s appointment would strictly be an interim arrangement.

    The functioning of the NGT’s principal bench in New Delhi, as well as the selection process, have been affected after Justice Swatanter Kumar’s retirement in December 2017. His successor, Justice U D Salvi, retired on February 13, 2018.

    The ministry of environment, forest and climate change (MoEFCC) had, in a notification dated August 10, 2017, placed Goa under the principal NGT bench at Delhi.

    In another notification in December 2017, the ministry had also allowed a single judge bench to dispose off cases. It is the constitutional validity of this notification that the NGT bar association challenged before the SC.

    Justices Rahim and Salvi were both part of the Pune bench, and their transfers, as well as the stay on functioning of single judge benches by the SC, brought proceedings at NGT Pune to a halt.







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      Need of the hour: a public transit system

      Nida Sayed and Lisa Monteiro| TNN | Updated: May 10, 2018, 13:46 IST
      Traffic in Goa

      Eleven lakh vehicles for 14.5 lakh population clearly indicates the poor public transportation system in the state. “Only an efficient public transport system can reduce the number of vehicles on the road,” says road safety activist Dilip Naik.

      With the government targeting one million tourists in the near future, one shudders to imagine the situation where they would all be travelling in taxis, thereby further congesting the streets.



      The Goa 2025 Vision and Roadmap document speaks of making Goa’s urban spaces pedestrian and bicycle-friendly, with better footpaths and bicycle lanes.

      “Discourage the excessive use of cars through pay parking and parking notes. Invest in fast, efficient, clean, Rapid Bus Transit systems for intercity and intra-city travel,” the document prepared by experts and headed by former CSIR director Raghunath Mashelkar states.

      Consumer activist Roland Martins says the state transport corporation must introduce more routes, especially ring routes, and synchronise its last buses.

      It must ensure bus stands are clean, safe and there are good toilet facilities. The bus stands need to be peoplefriendly, digitally provide details of all routes and timings, and make them easily accessible to senior citizens and persons with disabilities, Martins says.

      The 2025 vision document stresses on the greater use of waterways for transport. The state needs to start ferry services on more routes and facilitate a combination of road and waterways to ensure last mile connectivity.

      It also suggests building a network of metro and monorail lines for connecting major towns. More than a decade ago, the government’s plan to start a monorail line had to be dropped due to opposition.

      Safety on Goa’s roads is also a major concern where one road accident death is recorded almost every day. “Driving schools must improve their teaching and follow the syllabus laid down by the ministry of road transport and highways (MoRTH), so that candidates go through tough tests to earn their licence,” Naik says.

      Goa recorded 83 fatal road accidents between January 1 and April 20 this year, while 2017 saw 95 fatal accidents for the same period. “There should be proper signages along the roads to denote sharp bends and turns,” Naik says. “Contractors must coordinate with PWD engineers who must also update themselves with road safety and traffic rules.”

      “Besides non-wearing of helmet and seat belts, driving u n d e r the influence of drugs or alcohol and breaking of speed limit, people are unaware of traffic violations. They must be educated and taught to respect pedestrians,” he says.







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        Cong keeps anti-PDA pot boiling, wants it scrapped

        TNN | May 11, 2018, 03:04 IST
        Panaji: Upping the ante against planning and development authorities (PDA), the state Congress unit on Thursday demanded that all PDAs in Goa should be scrapped. Though the Congress has supported the agitation against the Greater Panaji PDA, it has never come out openly and demanded that the PDAs be scrapped.

        Party MLAs for St Cruz and St Andre, Tony Fernandes and Francis Silveira came out and demanded that the town and country planning (TCP) department must immediately “listen to the voice of the people who have come on the road” and scrap the PDAs.

        “TCP minister Vijai Sardesai must immediately issue a letter to the town planner and proclaim that the PDA is scrapped,” Fernandes said.

        Along with Fernandes and Silveira, former union minister for law Ramakant Khalap and spokesperson Yatish Naik also demanded that the existing PDAs should be scrapped.

        The Congress also claimed that due to chief minister Manohar Parrikar’s continued absence, there was a “complete breakdown in constitutional machinery” leading to an impasse in government functioning.






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          Waterlogging persists near Bal Bhavan despite CCP’s intervention

          TNN | May 11, 2018, 03:01 IST
          Panaji: The sudden thundershowers witnessed on the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday exposed the authorities’ failure to address the persistent waterlogging problem in the capital.

          Despite the Corporation of the City of Panaji’s best attempts to clean the storm water drains, water continued to stagnate along key roads, inconveniencing commuters and slowing traffic movement. Till Thursday afternoon, water remained collected near Bal Bhavan, the Dayanand Bandodkar football ground and near the Patto multi-level car parking facility. tnn






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            Scrap NGPDA, say residents of Candolim

            tnn | May 12, 2018, 03:52 IST

            Saligao: A group of residents of the coastal village of Candolim gathered at the panchayat on Friday to submit a memorandum to the sarpanch and panch members in connection with their demand that the North Goa Planning and Development Authority (NGPDA) be scrapped.

            The absence of Candolim sarpanch Slavador Blaise Fernandes and panch members at the panchayat office infuriated the villagers, who said it was a deliberate attempt to avoid them.

            Around 35 residents signed the memorandum, which is also going to be forwarded to the TCP minister and the NGPDA chairman. In it, the villagers stated they were aggrieved with the authority of the NGPDA over Candolim and also the draft outline development plan (ODP).

            “Urgent efforts should be made by the panchayat to strengthen the village development committee and prepare the village development plan with due discussion and approval from the gram sabha,” the memorandum stated.

            “We want development, but not at the cost of destroying our hills and fields,” Regina Ferandes, a resident, said.









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              Illegal hill-cutting rocks Sao Jose de Areal meet

              TNN | May 14, 2018, 03:25 IST Margao: Sao Jose de Areal villagers on Sunday protested the Regional Plan (RP) 2021 and the illegal hill-cutting and blasting of the basalt stone quarries within their village.

              Two members, Fredy Travasso and Nelson Mascarenhas opposed the February 25 auction of basalt stone quarries in the village by the Curtorim comunidade.They also sought that the auction resolution be put to vote. Only 12 members voted in favour of the auction.

              Another issue raised pertained to the carbon dust pollution in the village caused by a carbon factory. A member, Alcine Fernandes, pointed out that villagers were still suffering due to the pollution emitted by the factory.

              Sarpanch Perris D’Costa told TOI that “a show-cause notice had been issued, but the reply is not satisfactory”

              The issue of illegal plots being sold without requisite permissions of the panchayat and TCP was also raised.










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                Goa open for talks with Karnataka over Mhadei issue: Shripad

                tnn | Updated: May 13, 2018, 08:28 IST Shirpad Naik said the Mhadei is considered as a lifeline in Goa

                PANAJI: Union minister for Ayush Shripad Naik on Saturday said the Goa government is open for talks with Karnatakaover the Mhadei water dispute. Naik, whose statement comes days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP national president promised farmers of Karnataka during an election rally to resolve the issue, with Shah setting a six-month deadline to find a solution, said, “Neither Shah nor PM Narendra Modi have made such a promise.”

                “The matter is sub-judice. On humanitarian grounds, if something is possible, we can do. The matter will be discussed (with Karnataka) and brought to an amicable conclusion. We don’t want any conflict; we want to settle the issue nicely. We are always open to discussion,” Naik said.

                In December, chief minister Manohar Parrikar wrote to BJP’s Karnataka state unit president B S Yeddyurappa stating “in principle Goa would not oppose reasonable and justified quantum” of drinking water to Karnataka from the Mhadei river on “humanitarian grounds”. Karnataka CM inister Siddaramaiah dubbed the move as a “political gimmick”.

                Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra are currently contesting parties before the Mhadei Inter-state Water Disputes Tribunal over the controversial Kalsa-Bhandura dam project across the Mhadei river, through which Karnataka aims to divert water from the Mhadei basin to the nearby basin on the Malaprabha river. This is not acceptable to Goa where the river is considered as a lifeline.

                Naik reprimanded Karnataka for resuming work on diversion of Kalsa nullah into Malaprabha basin in defiance of the Supreme Court order not to recommence the project while it is pending before the tribunal. “They played a little bit of mischief by having some illegal construction near the river. We don’t support the illegal construction, which Karnataka has done,” he said.

                Karnataka had raised mud embankments on the Mhadei tributary drastically reducing water levels in the Barazan and Ladkecho waterfalls in Surla village.










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                  Vasco-Panaji ferry service yet to pick up momentum

                  PANAJI: The ferry service between Vasco and Panaji which started a few months ago has received a lukewarm response so far. Drishti Marine, who operates the service for Mormugao Port Trust (MPT), expects it to gain momentum in another two seasons.

                  The company is keen to add two more routes next season—Baga, Sinquerim, Old Goa and Mobor, Palolem. Drishti Marine’s chief executive officer Ravi Shankar, who foresees great potential in Goa’s waters, says it will take them two-three tourist seasons to gain popularity.

                  “It takes time for any kind of service to stabilise,” he says, adding that they plan to expand their service and more vessels will be added once they get permission to ply ferries along other routes.

                  Shankar said that it has taken longer than expected to get permissions from various authorities.

                  In fact, Drishti Marine plans to connect all major tourist destinations and beaches in Goa with jetties. It expects to open up opportunitites for tourists, boat owners and commuters to move between any two destinations using inland waterways.

                  The inland ferry service is not only an addition of a premium service for tourists and local residents, but as envisioned by the state department, it adds to the range of offerings in terms of ‘things to do’ in Goa for the thousands of tourists who visit the state, Shankar says.

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                    Mormugao civic body begins desilting drains

                    VASCO: The Mormugao Municipal Council (MMC) has engaged two agencies to clean the stormwater drains (nullahs) in all the 25 wards within its jurisdiction before the monsoon sets in. A special team of eight workers headed by supervisor will also be on duty round the clock during the rains, chief officer Agnelo Fernandes, said.

                    The larger nullahs are being desilted by the water resources department. All works are expected to be completed before June 1.

                    Fernandes said the drains originating at New Vaddem which carry most of the town's rainwater to the sea have already been cleared and that roads in the vicinity wouldn't get flooded. "We have also cleared the large drain that originates at Khariawada and ends at Vasco Sports Club. The nullah near Candelaria School, Baina, has been desilted as well," he said.

                    The larger nullahs are being desilted by the water resources department. All works are expected to be completed before June 1. The drains originating at New Vaddem which carry rainwater to the sea have already been cleared

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                      Panaji-Betim route sees lone ferry, commuters fume

                      PANAJI: For the past 10 days, a lone ferry has been plying the Panaji-Betim route and theriver navigation department has attributed the reason to a severe manpower crunch. Annoyed commuters told TOI that as a result they have been left withno option other than travelling the longer route via the bridge, which moreoften than not faces congestion problems.


                      “On working days, this is a problem. People opt for a ferry because it saves time. Ironically, taking the Panaji-Betim ferry is delaying the commute instead of making it faster,” Pooja Shirodkar, from Britona, said.

                      On an average, there are about 11,000 commuters and more than 5,000 two-wheelers travelling on the Panaji-Betim ferry route every day, which drops drastically only on Sundays. When the problem was brought to the attention of the crew operating the ferry, they said they were helpless about the ongoing situation.

                      “We have to bear the brunt of the public. The river navigation department (RND) is aware of the problem, but they still haven’t added another ferry to this route. Over the past ten days we have been managing with only one ferry on this route,” said a crew member.

                      RND sources said that due to acute shortage of manpower managing operations has becomes difficult.

                      “There are 40 vacant posts, that of 32 sailors and eight coxswains. Moreover, in the last three months, around ten people have retired. Therefore, we have ferry boats, but the manpower to operate them is not there,” an official said.

                      A crew member said that as a result of the staff shortage, on certain days there is no inspector to manoeuvre vehicles inside the ferry, which means there is uneven occupancy of vehicles. Stating that this results in heightened tension among commuters, especially during peak hours, another crew member said, “Many times we have to get down and ask people to adjust their vehicles to make room for others. Thus, further delaying the ferry.”

                      A Betim resident, Deepa Kasar highlighted the problem of having to wait for long in the heat for the sole ferry.

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