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    Mandovi bridge to get Panaji turnoff

    tnn | May 29, 2018, 03:12 IST


    Panaji: To decongest the Merces circle and provide vehicles travelling from Ponda to Panaji with a direct entry into the state capital, Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC) has asked L&T to build an additional lane for the third Mandovibridge which will descend at the multi-level car park.

    “We have added a lane to Panaji, which will cost some bit more,” GSIDC vice-chairman Sidharth Kuncalienker said. “One arm will come from Ponda, one arm will come from Margao, and now we have added an additional lane that will allow people who come from Ponda or from Margao and who take the bridge by mistake to enter Panaji.”

    Kuncalienkar said that the additional construction would lead to an increase in the cost of the bridge but also added that the Union ministry of roads, transport and highways had agreed to pay 50% of the cost of the bridge.

    The cost of the bridge could also increase if L&T decides to charge GSIDC for the delay caused due to the stay order issued by the national green tribunal.

    “Because of the delay caused by the National Green Tribunal, we will have to pay the contractor idle payment. L&T has not raised any claim but verbally they have communicated to us that there will be some cost enhancement due to the delay,” he said.








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      Land between three mountains and a river

      TNN | May 29, 2018, 03:30 IST


      Isidore Domnick Mendis
      Historically, the two villages of Wadi and Talaulim in Ponda taluka are separate entities as they belong to two ancient governing gaunkaris (comunidades). Soon after 1961, both villages were categorised as one panchayat for administration.

      Wadi and Talaulim stand out due to its varied religious, recreational, educational and natural sites. The lives of the villagers of Wadi and Talaulim are closely interwoven with each other as they are both abodes of numerous temples dedicated to Mahalaxmi, Narayan Dev, Sateri Ladbai, Hanuman, Ganpati, Shree Krishna and Shree Bhutnath.

      “Wadi and Talaulim also have the St Sebastian Chapel, Talaulim Sports Club and Shree Mahalaxmi Yuvak Sangh, which conducts an all India level Marathi competition,” states Mahadev P Sawant of Bhedxem Vaddo.

      Etymologically, Talaulim means ‘land between three mountains and a river’, says physician Pandurang Yeso Talaulicar of Pursha Bhat.

      “The literal meaning of Wadi is a place where few farmers and other villagers reside. With an increase in population, the place becomes a vaddo,” says Talaulicar.

      Wadi is smaller in area as compared with Talaulim. Village chroniclers state that most of the residents of Talaulim and Wadi have their roots in Salcete’s villages of Colva, Loutolim, etc. “To escape religious persecution during the early years of Portuguese rule, many of the residents of the villages of Salcete shifted to Talaulim. Almost 80% of the residents of Talaulim are from Colva,” says Mahadev P Sawant.

      Wadi and Talaulim also have residents who shifted from Canacona much later due to other reasons. Bordered by the village panchayats of Durbhat, Queula and Borim in Ponda taluka on one hand and River Zuari on the other, the seven-ward Wadi and Talaulim village panchayat houses a population of 3,800 persons. Its traditional wards are Vadem, Talsal, Bhatwada, Bhedxem, Holi Bhat, Camara Bhat, Voilo Vaddo, Sokol Vaddo, Ladbhai Vaddo, Kasswada, Pimpla Bhat, Bhat Wada, Modlem Vaddo, Wade Vaddo, Pursha Bhat, etc.

      Residents Speak

      The ancient places of worship, including the temples and chapel, depict the ever-blossoming spiritual outlook of Wadi-Talaulim. Villagers are looking forward to the proposal of organic fish farming and organic cultivation of crops to take off in uncultivated agriculture fields admeasuring around 60,000 sqm of Kutumbhan land near the Mahalaxmi Temple.

      Pandurang Yeso Sawant Talaulicar | resident, Pursha Bhat

      The village is a perfect example of communal harmony. The celebration of the Sao Joao feast or dancing to the beats of the drum for ‘Dhenddlo’ or Shigmo see both communities come together in the spirit of brotherhood. This serene village is blessed with mountains and the Zuari river flowing through it.

      Inacio Fernandes | resident, Kasswada

      Sarpanch’s take

      With support from all members of the panchayat and villagers, my vision is to steadfastly work for a clean and green Wadi-Talaulim. There will be equal emphasis on cleanliness and hygiene and simultaneously reviving agriculture by cultivation of crops and vegetables. Another equally important task is working on anti-drug awareness programmes for the younger generation.

      Dilesh Prabhakar Gaonkar

      RENOWNED RESIDENTS

      Late Dr Balkrishna Sukhthankar: Physician

      Late Ramesh Balkrishna Sukhthankar: Educationist

      Late Vaman Chari: Noted sculptor

      Late M S Talaulikar: Mine owner

      Late advocate Bhaskar Sardesai: Member of the administrative board in the Goa government during the Portuguese era

      Late Neelkant Sawant Talaulicar: Legal advisor to the Goa government during the Portuguese era

      Late Varo Sabnis and Upendra Sinai Talaulicar: ‘Regedors’ (administrators) of Talaulim village during the Portuguese era

      Dr Premanand Ramani: Noted neurosurgeon

      Dr Dattoba Balkrishna Sukhthankar: Physician

      Dr Pramod M S Talaulikar: Urologist

      Dr Pandurang Yeso Sawant Talaulicar: Physician and academic

      Inacio Fernandes: Computer engineer and owner of startup Criador Solutions

      Divya Gaonkar, Sonia Naik and Sunil Naik: Social workers and panchayat members

      Narayan Talaulikar: Former sarpanch, current panchayat member and social worker

      Late Kashinath Deu Sawant: First sarpanch of the village (1962-68) and mine owner

      Joseph Serrao: Advocate

      Sailesh Prabhakar Gaonkar: Tabla exponent and professor at Kala Academy

      Late Domingos Fernandes and Maria Braganza: Tiatrists

      Late Venkatesh Sukthankar: Advocate, who was consultant to Goa government post Liberation

      Dr Pooja Gawde, Dr Prajyoti Gawde and Dr Deepashree M Sawant Talaulicar: Physicians

      Mahadev P Sawant: Village chronicler and retired government servant

      Dr Madhubala Vinay Shet Talaulicar: PhD in Oceanography

      Prakash Naik: Yoga instructor

      Heritage Trail/Landmarks

      Bal Kalyan Ashram: An orphanage-cum-boarding for around 50 boys.

      Bedhxem Tali (spring): When people shifted from Colva to Talaulim, they assembled here to discuss their future course of action.

      Shree Mahalaxmi Temple: Located at Pimpla Bhat, this temple is dedicated to the gram devi (female village deity).

      Shree Ravalnath Devasthan: This temple is located at Holi Bhat.

      Laxmi Narayan Temple: Another century-old temple at Wadi, its ‘kalo’ (smaller zatra) is held in December.

      St Sebastian Chapel: Situated at Kasswada, it is over 100 years old. Its feast is celebrated on January 26.

      Ancestral house of Madlemkars: Situated at Madlem Vaddo, this over 100-year-old house is believed to be the oldest in the village.

      Ancestral house of Pramod Ramani: Located at Wadi, this century-old house is owned by Pramod Ramani, who retired as director of accounts in the Goa government.

      Shree Mahalaxmi English High School: Located at Bhedxem, it caters to 300 pupils from pre-primary to Class X.

      Smt Ahilyabai Ramani Gymnasium and Badminton Court: It was constructed 10 years ago by Dr P S Ramani in memory of his mother at Wadi.

      Smt Ahilyabai Ramani Pratisthan: Also built by Dr P S Ramani in memory of his mother at Wadi, it hosts meets where issues are discussed by villagers. It also has a children’s play zone and library.

      Shree Laxmi Narayan Sports and Socio Cultural Club: Built in 1981 at Wadi, it conducts recreational and sports activities.

      Dr P S Ramani Sports Complex: This centre was constructed by Dr P S Ramani four years ago on land owned by the Comunidade of Wadi.














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        Health dept seeks govt’s aid to check malaria, dengue

        Lisa Monteiro| tnn | May 31, 2018, 03:29 IST

        Panaji: To curb the transmission of malaria and dengue during the monsoon, the directorate of health services (DHS) is asking all government departments to identify and do away with potential mosquito breeding sites in and around their premises.

        An advisory is being sent to all departments under the national vector-borne disease control programme, directing each to appoint a nodal person who should ensure no water is collected and allowed to stagnate in the vicinity of the respective offices. The move, which is aimed at tackling the breeding of mosquitos, stipulates a weekly survey of the premises and approaching the nearest health centre for help, if required.

        With the state looking to eliminate malaria by 2020, the DHS seeks the cooperation of citizens to strengthen its surveillance by ensuring that water collected in tanks, sumps and discarded items don’t turn into breeding sites for mosquitoes. “Even a small quantity of water is enough to allow vector transmitting these diseases to breed,” says deputy director, national vector-borne disease control programme, Dr Anant Palekar.

        The focus, Palekar says, is on source reduction and not on fogging, a practice that kills only adult mosquitoes. If potential breeding sites outside are not eliminated, it could result in a rise in mosquito population during dry spells after the rains.

        Health officer under the programme, Kalpana Mahatme, says all vector-borne diseases in Goa are notifiable diseases. Health workers have been requesting laboratories and private clinics and hospitals to share details of patients who have contracted malaria and dengue, following which a mass survey of the area is carried out.

        Guppy fish are also introduced in unused wells before the monsoon, free of cost.










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          Effects of mining halt discussed at Cong panel meet

          tnn | May 31, 2018, 03:29 IST

          Panaji: A committee headed by former chief minister Pratapsingh Rane, met on Wednesday to deliberate how the closure of iron ore mining had affected the economy and employment in the hinterland. The committee will hold another meeting in the coming days to arrive at possible solutions to help restart mining.

          “The discussion is over the mining issue, which has come to haunt Goa, and to see how the Congress can help,” opposition leader Chandrakant Kavlekar said. “We have not arrived at a conclusion but one thing is certain, the Congress has a solution to the mining issue.”

          Margao legislator Digambar Kamat, GPCC president Girish Chodankar, former advocate general Subodh Kantak, advocate Yatish Naik, former Union law minister Ramakant Khalap, and Tivim MLA Nilkanth Halarnkar, were also present.

          “Right now, all we have to say is that if the current government cannot find a solution to restart mining, it should step aside,” one of the members at the meeting said.

          The committee is also “weighing the pros and cons” of the various options before the government to help restart mining, Chodankar said.

          With several mining companies initiating steps to retrench workers, those affected have been reaching out to the Congress for possible solutions, said an MLA while explaining the motive behind the creation of the panel.







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            Goa's identity and land needs to be protected if Goa needs to survive, say MLAs and former legislators

            Newton Sequeira| TNN | May 30, 2018, 22:27 IST

            PORVORIM: An official function organized by the Goa Legislative Assembly to mark the completion of 31 years of Goa statehood had several speakers expressing concern over the dilution of Goa’s identity.

            Former union minister for law (independent charge) Ramakant Khalap, while putting on record the tremendous benefits gained through statehood, said that Goa had yet to fully exploit the ability to frame laws and bring in land reforms which could help protect Goa’s interests. “Let us protect our land and to protect our land, let us bring in certain laws,” Khalap said. “Statehood gives us the power to frame laws for Goa and I think easily we can get unanimity among ruling and opposition on this issue.”

            Speaking a bit earlier, former chief minister Pratapsingh Rane mentioned that despite attaining statehood much later and missing out on the first few five-year plans, Goa today enjoyed the highest per capita income in the country.







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            ‘Goa’s identity needs to be safeguarded’

            TNN | May 31, 2018, 03:19 IST
            Porvorim: An official function organised by the Goa Legislative Assembly to mark the completion of 31 years of Goa statehood had several speakers expressing concern over the loss of language and land, two crucial aspects of Goa’s identity.

            Former Union minister for law (independent charge) Ramakant Khalap, while putting on record the tremendous benefits gained through statehood, said that Goa had yet to fully exploit the ability to frame laws and bring in land reforms which could help protect Goa’s interests. “Let us protect our land, and to protect our land, let us bring in certain laws,” Khalap said. “Statehood gives us the power to frame laws for Goa and I think easily we can get unanimity among ruling and opposition on this issue.”

            Khalap’s views were supported by former MLAs and senior journalists Sandesh Prabhudessai and Suhas Belekar at the panel discussion on the topic ‘Goa’s Statehood – A Retrospective and Prospective’ which was held in the Goa Assembly conferance hall.

            Speaking a bit earlier, former chief minister Pratapsingh Rane mentioned that despite attaining statehood much later and missing out on the first few five-year plans, Goa today enjoyed the highest per capita income in the country.

            “We were practically second-class citizens. As a Union territory, we did not vote for the president. As a state, we have the right to vote for the president. This is one of the main differences,” Rane said, and then gave credit to former Prime Minister and Congress leader Rajiv Gandhi for ensuring that Goa attained statehood.

            Among the few areas where Goa still had scope to improve were garbage, stray cattle and industrial growth, said Rane. The senior leader and Poriem MLA said that Goa needs a new Police Act, and questioned why certain leaders were not supporting the draft Goa Police bill.

            “There is so much garbage that it is annoying. This is the number one problem that Goa faces,” he said.







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              In letter to PM Narendra Modi, Congress blames BJP for mining issue

              TNN | Updated: Jun 1, 2018, 06:46 IST
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              PANAJI: Stating that the closure of iron ore mining operations had “brought an economic catastrophe” onto Goa, the Congress on Thursday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, holding the BJP responsible for the current turmoil in the industry and in the state’s economy.

              Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) president Girish Chodankar, in the letter, said that the BJP-led Goa government was a complete failure in the absence of chief minister Manohar Parrikar.

              “It was owing to the acts of the BJP-led government that Goa has been witnessing turmoil as regards to the mining industry and the economy of the state,” Chodankar said in the letter. “The BJP government led by Parrikar is only giving false hope to the people of Goa without providing any relief, despite having central and state governments since the closure of mining seven years back.”

              “If mining is not resumed immediately after the monsoon, the economy of Goa will be in a real shambles. We have always been supportive of the over three lakh mining dependents in the state and would always support a correct and appropriate initiative, whether legislative or judicial, within the mandate of the SC order and MMDR Act, in order to ensure that mining dependents get relief and their livelihood is not under duress,” Chodankar said.

              Mandrem MLA Dayanand Sopte accused the BJP of ignoring the Congress despite it supporting efforts to restart mining. He told reporters it was shameful for Ayush minister Shripad Naik to ask the Congress for solutions to the mining issue.

              “If a minister in the central government and a five-time MP is asking the Congress for a solution to mining, it is a shame for the BJP which is in power at the Centre and in Goa,” Sopte said.








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                Inspection of all 88 mines completed

                tnn | Jun 1, 2018, 03:54 IST
                Bicholim: Directorate General for Mines Safety and Goa State Pollution Control Board have inspected all 88 mines for monsoon preparedness, Goa Mineral Ore Exporters Association (GMOEA) said.

                In its report to the state government, the directorate general for mines safety has stated that all measures required to be taken till March 15 had been undertaken by authorities concerned, GMOEA said, adding that the pollution board has also submitted its inspection report.

                Deputy collector Clen Madeira, on Thursday, inspected mining sites in Bicholim taluka and instructed mining companies to undertake immediate remedial measures in order to avoid untoward incidents like landslides during the monsoon, which may result in loss of lives and damage to property.

                Madeira instructed the mining company at Lamgao-Bicholim, an area prone to landslides, to take due measures to avoid the same during the monsoon.

                At a fresh mining dump at Mulgao-Bicholim, the deputy collector instructed the mining company to take special measures to seal the area so as to prevent washout from flowing into the village and surrounding fields.

                Garland drains, which channelise rain water towards pits, and pumping of water from pits will be inspected during the rainy season, an official said.







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                  CAC clears Rs 400cr projects in 3 months

                  tnn | Jun 1, 2018, 03:50 IST


                  Panaji: Over the last three months, with chief minister Manohar Parrikar undergoing treatment in the US, the three-member cabinet advisory committee (CAC) has cleared over 60 projects worth Rs 400 crore.

                  The projects fall under the ambit of the departments of public works, sports, tourism, health, science and technology, electricity, ports and water resources.

                  Before leaving for the US, an order was issued vesting the CAC with power to clear cases above Rs 200 lakh and up to Rs 1,000 lakh processed by the finance department.

                  The latest proposals to receive approvals include an expenditure sanction of Rs 4.8 crore towards construction of a multi-purpose cyclone shelter and fire station at Porvorim. The project will be executed through the water resources department (WRD).

                  A similar expenditure sanction of Rs 3.8 crore was issued towards the construction of a multi-purpose cyclone shelter at Mandrem in North Goa. Also, a grant of Rs 6 crore was released to the Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG). An expenditure sanction of Rs 2.1 crore was issued to hotmix the road from Davorlim to Rawanfond.








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                    ‘Ensure proper disposal of shack material’

                    TNN | Jun 1, 2018, 03:32 IST
                    Panaji: With the tourist season for shack operations ending on Thursday, the tourism department has directed shack allottees to dismantle the structures and dispose the material without causing any damage to the environment.

                    In a circular, the department has asked the allottees to submit compliance reports by June 10. They have been directed to submit another report by June 20 detailing how they disposed of the material used for setting up their shacks.

                    The circular pointed that some allottees while dismantling their shacks, were burning the material on the beaches or burying it in the sand in total disregard to the environment and cause destruction of the beaches.

                    The circular states that in case any shack allottee is found to have disposed of material in a way that it could be an environmental hazard, the allotment of the shack to such defaulter would be cancelled for the next season, besides being liable for prosecution.

                    Every season, around 350 shacks are allotted along the various beach stretches of the state. Majority shacks are allotted along the North Goa coast line of Calangute, Candolim and Baga.

                    Most of the operators dismantle their shacks by the end of April or by mid-May as the season draws to a close, but those in Calangute, Candolim and Baga continue till May-end, making most of the domestic crowd. The validity of a shack permit is for three years, but the structure must be removed by May 31. The permission to re-erect is issued in September, when the tourist season commences.




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                    Dismantle on time, dispose of appropriately: Tourism dept to shack operators

                    Bindiya Chari| TNN | May 31, 2018, 17:55 IST
                    PANAJI: With tourist season for shack operations ending on Thursday, the department of tourism has directed beach shack allottees to dismantle and dispose all material without causing any damage to the environment.

                    In a circular issued by the department, the allottees have been asked to submit a report by June 10 that they have dismantled by their shacks. The second report they have been asked to submit by June 20 detailing how they disposed of material used for setting up shacks.

                    The circular pointed that some allottees while dismantling their shacks, dispose of the material used for construction of the shacks by burning it on the beaches or burying the material in the sand with total disregard to environmental and cause destruction of the beaches. The circular states that in case any shack allottee is found causing any environment hazard while disposing of the material, that the allotment of the shack to such defaulter would be cancelled for the next tourism season besides being liable for prosecution under the law in force.

                    Every season close to 350 beach shacks are allotted along the various beach stretches of the State. Majority shacks are allotted along the North Goa coast line of Calangute, Candolim and Baga.










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                      As Rivona’s Takazor becomes victim to trash, village youth take charge

                      Govind Kamat Maad| TNN | Jun 1, 2018, 03:27 IST


                      Margao: The Takazor spring in Rivona, a favoured summer destination for those in the vicinity trying to beat the summer heat, is littered with garbage strewn around by visitors, and locals are not happy. Concerned that such unbridled littering would pollute the pristine waters of the spring, village youth are now taking turns to keep watch on visitors.

                      “What troubles us is that some visitors litter the place and dump the leftovers of their meals into the spring waters,” said Janardan Gaonkar, a local. “They should realize that the water is also used by locals for drinking and washing.” Another villager, clearly annoyed at the misbehaviour of visitors, said, “Everyone is welcome to our village, but please do not pollute its natural resources.”

                      Rivona, in Quepem taluka and 25km from Margao, is blessed with numerous natural springs, that make the quaint village a popular getaway for picnickers during the summer and monsoon. The Takazor, particularly, is an all-time favourite. It has five large flows which enable several people to bathe at the same time. Villagers say that not long ago, there was a brick wall dividing the bathing space into two compartments — one for men and one for women. However, locals say that some miscreants damaged the wall, leading to reduced flow.

                      Some say that the water of the spring tastes a bit like raw buttermilk, and this perhaps lent it its name — Takazor — from ‘tak’, the Konkani word for buttermilk. The waters are also believed to possess medicinal properties, and many domestic tourists head to Rivona to get rid of their skin ailments and other health problems. In the village, faith in the spring runs high. “Even mental disorders get cured if one bathes in the waters of the takazor three or four times,” said a village elder.

                      The Takazor also serves the irrigation needs of the village. The orchards and palm trees in the vicinity only add to its serenity.









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