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    Goa airport runway goes dark for 3 hours

    Newton Sequeira| TNN | Updated: Jun 10, 2018, 07:47 IST
    Goa International Airport’s lone runway was closed

    PANAJI: Goa International Airport’s lone runway was closed for flight operations for over three hours on Saturday after the runway lighting system failed around 7.30pm. More than 10 flights were delayed due to the technical fault even as the Indian Navy scrambled to restore the runway lights at the Dabolim air field.

    As a cascading effect of delays at Mumbai International Airportand Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport, several flights originating and arriving at Goa International Airport were also delayed.

    “Due to a fault in the lighting system, the runway is not available till 11pm,” said airport director B C H Negi. “The Navy technical team is on the job to rectify the fault. All flights to and from Goa are delayed.”

    The fault was detected around 7.45pm by the runway operations team and once AAI was informed, the runway was closed for all flight operations. Runway lights include Runway End Identifier Lights (REILs) which are a pair of white flashing lights, one on each side of the approach end of the runway, that help identify the runway from taxiways at night. There are Runway Edge Light Systems which demarcate the edges of the runways.

    The incident left hundreds of passengers stranded at the airport with many also missing connecting international flights. Goa International Airport handles nearly 7 million passengers annually and is currently being expanded to cater to the increase in air passengers.

    Goa’s lone airport is part of the Indian Navy air station INS Hansa which allows domestic and international flights to operate from the AAI enclave.

    This is the second time in less than 20 days that the runway lights have failed. On May 23, the runway was closed after a minor fire damaged the runway lighting cables.

    It was not confirmed if Saturday’s failure was due to earlier damage from the fire.

    “Rectification work is in progress to get the lighting available to enable operations to resume at the earliest,” a Navy official said.

    Repairs were hampered due to the inclement weather conditions. Goa recorded very heavy rainfall on Saturday, as heavy rain continued to batter most parts of the state.

    Flight operations were also hampered earlier in the day after 32 flights were delayed and three cancelled at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai due to weather conditions.

    In May this year, the Indian Navy had said that due to frequent flying operations at the air base, the surface of the runway at Goa International Airport was deteriorating and could compromise safe operations. The Indian Navy also said that periodic maintenance was required to prevent a break in flight operations.









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      Flooding at beautified Ambedkar circle

      TNN | Jun 10, 2018, 03:50 IST

      Quepem: Ambedkar Chowk, the entry point to Curchorem town, which had been beautified at a cost of Rs 19 crore, witnessed flooding on the southern side of the circle on Saturday, drawing criticism from citizens and others about the faulty planning.

      After heavy rains on Saturday morning, the part of the circle leading to Quepem town was inundated, as two-wheelers found it difficult to negotiate the stretch, while four-wheelers splashed water around while driving through.

      The three locations where the filters had been fixed were choked with mud and garbage.

      “This caused water to accumulate near the circle which also caused traffic obstruction in the morning due to continuous rain,” a local said.

      Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) had carried out the prestigious beautification project, which included a footpath, garden and Ambedkar statue in the circle, as well as illumination of roads, electronic traffic signals and underground cabling.

      Chief minister Manohar Parrikar had inaugurated it before his illness.

      Criticizing the faulty planning in the name of beautification, Sanjay Dessai, a local resident said, “Taxpayers’ money has been spent without planning. This is an example of poor road engineering”.











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        Panchayats eye football matches to push Swachh Bharat message

        Bindiya Chari| TNN | Updated: Jun 11, 2018, 07:46 IST Representative image

        PANAJI: The panchayat ministry has decided to spread awareness on waste collection and management by screening live football matches at all panchayats.

        Panchayat minister Mauvin Godinho told STOI that has instructed the director of panchayats to telecast football matches in the villages. He said that programmes on the Swachh Bharat Mission will also be shown, while the panchayats’ role in garbage management will be highlighted during these screenings.

        “The ministry has been persuading panchayats to take up their civic responsibility of garbage collection and segregation seriously,” Godinho said.

        There are 191 panchayats in Goa, and though some have taken up the role seriously, there are others who are defiant and are yet to start doorto-door waste collection.

        ‘Erring panchayats will be penalised’

        Those panchayats not falling in line will be penalised, Godinho said, adding that efforts are on to convince and persuade them to start collecting waste.

        The panchayat minister also said that he has instructed the panchayat director to visit panchayats and adopt a hands-on approach in dealing with management of waste.

        A fund crunch has always been an issue for smaller or weaker panchayats with few or no additional sources of income, and this has been their excuse for not taking up door-to-door waste collection.

        Godinho admitted that there was a delay in releasing additional funds to the panchayats. “As much as 30% of the total additional grants assured to panchayats earlier this year has been released. They will now have the funds to take up the work of waste collection,” he said.

        Some panchayats which had actively started collection and segregation of waste had complained about the delay in receiving the money and had warned that they will have to halt their exercise if this was not released.






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          Soon, new landing system at Goa airport

          tnn | Jun 11, 2018, 04:58 IST
          Panaji: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) is set to install a new instrument landing system at Goa international airport, Dabolim, while also sharing real-time flight data with the Indian Navy.

          AAI air navigation service member A K Dutta on Sunday met representatives of the Indian Navy and naval officers from Air Traffic Control (ATC), to finalize the modalities of the information sharing protocol. Dutta discussed the Navy’s requirements and also completed a site visit to finalise the location of the ILS.

          “In an effort to improve flight safety, AAI will install the new system at Goa international airport and replace the ILS of the Navy,” said an AAI source.

          Additionally, the AAI will also share real-time flight data of Mumbai ATC with the Indian Navy, to enable round-the-clock monitoring of flights operating in the airspace. AAI will also install the next ADS-B, a next-generation surveillance system, which will act as a backup for radar. AAI says it will also contribute towards the reduction of carbon dioxide levels.









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            Panchayats hope to ‘score’ big in waste management

            tnn | Jun 11, 2018, 04:02 IST
            Panaji: The panchayat ministry has decided to spread awareness on waste collection and management by screening live football matches at all panchayats.

            Panchayat minister Mauvin Godinho told TOI that has instructed the director of panchayats to telecast football matches in the villages. He said that programmes on the Swachh Bharat Mission will also be shown, while the panchayats’ role in garbage management will be highlighted during these screenings.

            “The ministry has been persuading panchayats to take up their civic responsibility of garbage collection and segregation seriously,” Godinho said.

            There are 191 panchayats in Goa, and though some have taken up the role seriously, there are others who are defiant and are yet to start door-to-door waste collection.

            Those panchayats not falling in line will be penalised, Godinho said, adding that efforts are on to convince and persuade them to start collecting waste.

            The panchayat minister also said that he has instructed the panchayat director to visit panchayats and adopt a hands-on approach in dealing with waste management

            A fund crunch has always been an issue for smaller or weaker panchayats with few or no additional sources of income, and this has been their excuse for not taking up door-to-door waste collection.

            Godinho admitted that there was a delay in releasing additional funds to the panchayats. “As much as 30% of the total additional grants assured to panchayats earlier this year has been released. They will now have the funds to take up the work of waste collection,” he said.

            Some panchayats which had actively started collection and segregation of waste had complained about the delay in receiving the money and had warned that they will have to halt their exercise if this was not released.







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              Coastal body inspects Agonda coast

              TNN | Jun 11, 2018, 03:58 IST


              Poinguinim: Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) conducted an inspection at Agonda last week to verify whether its directives to tourism stakeholders have been complied with.

              The team led by the GCZMA member secretary conducted an inspection of the shack structures. The team also consisted of environment OSD Sanjeev Joglekar, Prabhakar Shirodkar and other officials.

              It is reliably learnt that the coastal regulatory authority may go to the extent of blacklisting all those stakeholders next tourism season for non-compliance to dismantle shacks. tnn






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                Traditional fishermen to protest today

                TNN | Jun 11, 2018, 03:57 IST


                Panaji: The National Fish Workers’ Forum (NFF) will stage a protest against the draft CRZ notification 2018 on June 11.

                The draft, they say, has been prepared without taking into confidence fishermenwho are “natural custodians of coastal natural resources”.

                Goenchea Raponkarancho Ekvott (GRE), which is a part of the confederation, in a recent press statement said the NFF unanimously rejects the draft notification which is ‘short on proving safeguards for protection of the coastline’.

                The GRE will submit a memorandum to the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority on Monday demanding a withdrawal of the notification.tnn







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                  Pilerne’s Saulem spring gets a facelift

                  TNN | Jun 11, 2018, 03:29 IST
                  Saligao: Saulem spring in Pilerne village has got another facelift with the Pilerne panchayat beautifying the area at the spot.

                  The panchayat has spent an amount of Rs 10 lakh to undertake the entire beautification, which includes a bathing area near the spring and refurbished storage pools for the spring water.

                  There are three sculpted murals through which the water is released for the people to lay beneath it and take a refreshing bath. Those present at the inauguration were Pilerne sarpanch Amarnath Govekar, zilla panchayat member Rupesh Naik and panchayat members Sandeep Bandodkar, Karan K Govekar, Brenda Vaz, Pramila Govekar, Roshna Survanasingh Rane, and others.

                  Speaking to reporters after inaugurating the works, sarpanch Govekar said that the area leading to the spring also needs to be refurbished. “We have also decided to provide good lighting. The remaining water pools supplying the water will be fitted with tiles and plumbing works costing around Rs 5 lakh will be undertaken in the second phase of the works,” Govekar said.

                  “Construction of a retaining wall and also laying of the pavers will be taken up in the third phase of the works,” Govekar added.

                  Local resident Victor Fernandes applauded the sarpanch and the panchayat for undertaking the development of the spring, which was earlier used by Pilerne villagers to take a cool refreshing shower in the hot weather. “It is nice to see the Saulem spring coming back to life,” he said.







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                    State panel pitches for safer beaches

                    TNN | Jun 11, 2018, 03:50 IST

                    Panaji: The committee appointed by the state government to suggest measures to make Goa safe and reduce drownings on beaches has observed that the rich, social and cultural values synonymous with Goa are slowly deteriorating due to competition in the tourism industry. It has suggested that the government enact welfare legislation on ethical standards and protection of societal values.

                    The committee, which has made a slew of recommendations, said that legislation is needed to reinvent the forgotten past cherished by Goan society, and for which Goa is known for.

                    It has also asked the department of tourism to explore the possibility of developing a GPS-enabled mobile app which would give all details of tourist places in Goa, along with suitable safety and precautionary measures so that tourists have all the information they need.

                    An official said the government is yet to take a call on the recommendations.

                    Regarding illegalities in tourist areas, the committee stated that a provision needs to be made to levy penalty on offenders. Also, it wants lighting and CCTVs on beaches. It observed that apart from some popular beaches, none are illuminated. The committee suggested that a IRB battalion or specific tourist cell be setup.

                    Counters with boards ‘May I help you’ should also be set up all beaches, the committee suggested.

                    A tourism trader called for a legislation mandating standards to be followed on culture and cuisine.












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                      Rains lead to overflowing drains, sewage water enters Margao houses

                      TNN | Jun 11, 2018, 03:25 IST
                      Margao: Heavy rains on Saturday saw roads inundated in many parts of Margao. Waterlogging in the area near the police station caused sewage water to enter roadside houses.

                      Sources said occupants of several houses spent the entire night clearing out dirty water using buckets, utensils and whatever means available. The stench of sewage water pervaded the area, further adding to their woes.

                      Residents squarely blamed the Margao Municipal Council (MMC) for the situation and accused it of carrying out shoddy pre-monsoon maintenance works. tnn






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