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    Cabinet panel sanctions Rs 72cr for devpt

    Panaji: The cabinet advisory committee (CAC) through circulation on Tuesday, granted financial approval of Rs 72 crore for various development works in the state, including the construction of two cyclone shelters at Porvorim and Mandrem.

    The CAC approved Rs 40.3 crore for the conversion of the existing overhead 11KV lines to an underground system. The feeders slotted for conversion are those at Torda, housing board and Pundalik nagar, together with associated low tension networks on the transformers of those feeders. The funds will also cover the bifurcation of the 11KV Torda and Chogm road feeders, including the one emanating from the 33/11KV Porvorim sub-station.

    An amount of Rs 16 crore was also approved for release as the first installment to the Goa Tourism Development Corporation for tourism-related infrastructure.

    The committee further approved Rs 4.8 crore for the construction of a multipurpose cyclone shelter and fire station at Porvorim. Similarly, Rs 3.8 crore was approved for the construction of multipurpose cyclone shelter at Junaswada, Mandrem. Rs 2.1 crore was also approved for the fortification of the road from Davorlim to Ravanfond junction in the Margao constituency.

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      Build Maxem bridge as per norms, HC tells govt

      TNN | May 24, 2018, 03:31 IST
      Poinguinim: The high court of Bombay at Goa has directed the state government to ensure that the bridge over Galgibaga river at Maxem is constructed strictly within the law and the permissions granted, and that no immediate danger is caused in the area.

      The court has also issued a notice to Venkata Rao Infra Projects Pvt Ltd, the company building the bridge, seeking a reply in the matter.

      In a public interest litigation (PIL), Pamela Rodrigues, a resident of Loliem, had alleged that the work was not in consonance with the permissions granted. If work continued in the same manner, various problems, including flooding of the river’s banks and nearby villages could occur, the PIL stated.

      A division bench comprising Justice N M Jamdar and Justice Prithviraj K Chavan did not grant any interim relief to the petitioner in the case. It, however, noted the concerns raised with regard to the work in view of the onset of the monsoon, and directed the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) and the Captain of Ports to ascertain that legal and safety aspects were adhered to.

      The petition further stated that although the filling of rivers with earth was prohibited, the Galgibaga estuary at Maxem had been filled in alleged violation of the CRZ Notification 2011. It claimed that the ongoing work would also obstruct age-old fishing activities and would destroy the environment and marine life.

      The petitioner prayed that the mud and debris dumped in the estuary at Maxem be removed and that the area be restored to its original condition. She also prayed that the bridge be given a vertical clearance of 10mt at Maxem creek to allow navigation.










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        Most shops at Panaji bus stand yet to receive permissions from fire dept

        TNN | May 24, 2018, 03:33 IST

        Panaji: A majority of traders and shopkeepers at the Kadamba bus stand building are yet to receive no-objection certificates (NOCs) from the directorate of fire and emergency services.

        After a massive fire broke out in the building in October last year, causing losses pegged at Rs 1.2 crore, tenants were instructed to ensure that their shops have fire prevention equipment on their premises, else they would lose their trade licences.

        “We have already purchased fire safety equipment and installed it,” said shopkeeper Antonio Inacio of the Kadamba Tenants Association. “We had approached the commissioner of the Corporation of the City of Panaji, who had agreed to renew our trade licences on the condition that we get the NOCs from the fire services before the end of June this year. All of us have cooperated in every way that we could.” He added that shopkeepers also wrote to the fire servces asking if they’re required to abide by any other conditions, but haven’t received a response yet.

        The directorate maintains that NOCs are being granted to those who comply with norms. “Not all shopkeepers have complied as of now,” said assistant division officer Ajit Kamat. “Only about ten shops have installed fire safety equipment so far. If all shopkeepers install the equipment, we can conduct an inspection, following which the NOCs can be granted.”

        There are a total of 140 shops at the Panaji bus stand, all of which have to comply with fire safety norms. Only fruit and flower vendors are exempted. Over the past few months, the directorate has been conducting safety audits of government buildings, educational institutions, and hospitals.









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          ‘Airport at Mopa will create jobs for locals’

          TNN | May 24, 2018, 07:20 IST
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          ANJUNA: The greenfield airport at Mopa will boost tourism growth and help curb congestion at Dabolim airport, panchayat minister Mauvin Godinho said recently. He was speaking at the inauguration of the Anjuna panchayat ghar, which has been constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 1.5 crore.

          The minister further said that development of the cargo and logistics hubs at Mopa airport, as assured by Union civil aviation minister Suresh Prabhu, would generate employment opportunities and that locals would not feel the need to go abroad to work.

          Godinho also inaugurated the Siolim-Marna panchayat ghar and a mini stadium at Assagao. He said that within a year, the government had inaugurated 10 panchayat ghars in Goa.









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            Locals seek dose of rejuvenation for Kesarval spring

            Paul Fernandes| TNN | Updated: May 24, 2018, 07:32 IST
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            PANAJI: As the Goa Tourism Development Corporation(GTDC) takes up the restoration of Goa’s iconic Kesarval spring in Quelossim, locals are keener about its rejuvenation rather than just the beautification of its surroundings.

            Not too many years ago, the spring was a preferred spot for picnickers who were tired of the beach. With the limpid water flowing down from openings in overhead rocks, it was like a waterfall in which visitors could enjoy a cool, rejuvenating shower.

            Now, however, the flow of the spring, which many believe had healing qualities, has reduced to a mere trickle due to massive ground water extraction in the industrial area. Hardly visited for bathing, it’s now put to use by workers, who use the water for washing clothes and utensils.

            GTDC recently floated a tender for development of its property on the spring’s southern side, with a construction of a 35-room business hotel. “The rejuvenation of Kesarval spring is part of the project,” a source said. Other works include repairing the steps and some other beautification around the site.

            But Quelossim villagers are wary about the plan. “If it is only beautification and construction of a hotel, it will hardly help the revival of the spring,” said Lopinho Xavier, a local activist.

            In a letter to GTDC, Cortalim MLA Alina Saldanha said, “Due to lack of maintenance, the present state of the spring is pathetic and it has lost its glory.” GTDC thus hoped to restore the spring and draw more tourists to the site, raking in revenue for the state government. A source said that the spring will always be accessible to tourists and the public at large.

            But villagers have suggested a few measures to revitalize the once popular spring. “The bore wells operating in the area should be stopped, as this will help increase the volume of its flow,” Xavier said.

            Hector Fernandes, a geologist, said that denudation of the top soil affects the natural monsoon water storage in the lateric strata. The water is usually released slowly till summer. He said that a proper geomorphological study is needed before undertaking any development.









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              Old Zuari bridge footpath to be used for laying new 15MLD water pipeline

              Gauree Malkarnekar| TNN | May 24, 2018, 07:12 IST A presentation on Wednesday unveiled the look of the new bridge across the Zuari after its viewing towers will be ready

              PANAJI: As work on the new Zuari bridge has picked up pace, minister for public works department (PWD) Ramkrishna Dhavalikar said that the government is already planning to use the footpath of the existing Zuari bridge to lay a water supply pipeline over it for the benefit of the village of St Andre.

              “The process on the proposal to use the footpath of the existing Zuari bridge to run a 5MLD water pipeline over it has already begun.” Dhavalikar said. “This will carry water to St Andre constituency. This will also help solve the water shortage faced by residents of Bambolim.” Dhavalikar was inspecting the progress of the new Zuari bridge.

              Dhavalikar said that an existing bridge offers an ideal opportunity for a water pipeline. The old bridge, constructed in the 1980s, is set to lose its significance once the new bridge opens for use by the end of 2019, as per current estimates.

              The PWD’s principal chief engineer, Uttam Parsekar, said that once the new eight-lane bridge opens for use, other possibilities for use of the old bridge will also be considered, including possibly ‘renewing’ the structure of the old bridge.

              “An old bridge in Bihar has already been restrenghtened by improving the structure of the pillars of the bridge and by slicing off a layer of top of the bridge, replacing it with new precast segments,” Parsekar said. “We can also look into this possibility.”

              Dhavalikar said that the existing Zuari bridge is in a stable condition and safe for use. He said that inspection and maintenance work was carried out recently.









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                Villagers of Reis Magos want end to power woes

                REIS MAGOS: Villagers of Reis Magos highlighted the issues of erratic power supply and haphazard parking in the village during a recently held gram sabha and urged the panchayat to resolve them. They also pointed out to flawed budget estimates and asked that they be rectified. Advino Fernandes, a local, said there was no data available regarding the use of the panchayat ghar under the rent-back scheme. Sarpanch Shailendra Parulekar said details would be made available under RTI.

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                  Bill proposes transfer of shops in municipal areas

                  PANAJI: The new Goa Municipalities bill, which is likely to be tabled in the monsoon session of the Goa legislative assembly, has provided for transfer of shops located in municipal areas on payment of the prescribed fees.

                  Urban development minister Francis D’Souza said the existing 50-year-old Goa Municipalities Act lacks such a provision for transfer, and that municipalities were losing revenue due to this.

                  “Over half of the shops in all municipal areas are sublet. Under the existing municipal law, civic bodies can only give their shops on lease for certain number of years and renew them periodically. The trend observed is that a majority of municipal shops are either sold or given on rent without informing the civic body,” D’Souza said, adding that legal proceedings to retrieve shops that have been sublet will be long and arduous. “Since that can’t be done, the new bill will allow transfer of shops, which will in turn allow municipalities to earn revenue,” the minister said.

                  The Municipalities Act was drafted on the lines of municipal acts in operation in neighbouring states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, etc at the time. “We did a copy and paste job then, as we didn’t have people to do the job,” said D’Souza.

                  The proposed bill has considered municipal legislations enforced in other states and has been drafted after taking into account the state’s specific needs.

                  D’Souza said the bill will be tabled in upcoming assembly session and will be sent to the House committee. It will also be open for public suggestions and objections.

                  The existing Goa Municipalities Act lacks a provision for transfer, and municipalities were losing revenue, the urban development minister said

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                    New Zuari bridge 30% ready, cost could escalate slightly

                    PANAJI : Construction work on the new Zuari bridge is 30% complete and is expected to be complete by mid or late 2019, as scheduled, public works department (PWD) minister Ramkrishna Dhavalikar said on Wednesday. Only work on the two towers with their viewing galleries may take an additional six months, he said.

                    Dhavalikar said the two viewing galleries are in the final stages of designing and that Dilip Buildcon Ltd, which is constructing the eight-lane new Zuari bridge and its approach roads, will be constructing the two towers and galleries, too. The towers will be of 25m diameter each.

                    "We have told the designers to see if we can make at least one of the two viewing galleries a rotating one, as a tourist attraction," Dhavalikar said on Wednesday, after inspecting progress of the bridge work.

                    He said that the cost of constructing the bridge is expected to escalate slightly from the earlier estimate of Rs 3,300 crore. "In the marine part of the bridge work, the pillar base had to go down 60m to 70m before hitting hard ground. This was double the depth the pillars were expected to go into the riverbed. It was estimated that we would hit hard ground, which is important for the stability of the bridge, after going down 30 to 40m," Dhavalikar said, adding that the base of each of the two main pillars is as big as a football field.

                    Stating that the bridge will be the first cable-stayed bridge of such length to be constructed in the country, the PWD minister said, "The bridge is also the first to use a fully-automated robotic welding arm to fabricate the steel beams that will be used in the structure." The robotic welding arm takes a few hours to prepare once steel segment as against the week it would have taken if done by way of manual welding.

                    Around 2.7km of the six-lane approach road to the bridge on the South Goa end and 3km of the approach road on the North Goa side, will be elevated stretches.

                    "Land acquisition is at the award stage for the flyover at Siridao. This is the only stretch where work is lagging. In all other stretches, especially on the Cortalim side, you can see that all pillars have come up," Dhavalikar said.

                    The bridge and its approaches are together around 13km in length, serving as an expressway of sorts between north and south Goa.

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                      Mumbai-Goa cruise ship sails past first sea trial

                      Vasco: Angriya, the cruise ship that had set sail on Wednesday as part of the sea trial for the Mumbai-Goa cruise service, reached Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) on Thursday morning.

                      The ship had left Mumbai port on Wednesday at 5.30pm, and reached Goa on Thursday at 10am. There were 40 passengers aboard the ship.

                      “The ship has passed all tests, including rough weather,” said Leena Kamat Prabhu, managing director, Sea Eagle Cruises Pvt Ltd.

                      The cruise service is expected to begin from the first week of October this year. During the monsoon, the ship will not operate along this route. Instead, it will serve as a floating hotel in Mumbai, while in the off-season, it will be rented out for weddings and other celebrations.

                      “The ship will operate on alternate days from each destination. The minimum fair per person will be around Rs 7,000,” Prabhu said.

                      The fare will include charges for transportation, stay, high tea, dinner, breakfast and swimming pool. The cruise vessel is also equipped with seven bars and two restaurants, besides a spa and souvenir shop.

                      The ship will have 67 employees on board.

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