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    Citizens protest draft CRZ rules

    TNN | Updated: Jul 14, 2018, 08:27 IST
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    PANAJI: If the government does not scrap the draft CRZ Notification 2018 and support local fishermen, the state will have no choice but to depend on fish coming in from outside the state that is preserved with formalin, members of the fishing community said. They were participating in the Goans Against CRZ (GACRZ) 2018 protest held at Miramar on Friday.

    This is the second protest of GACRZ after the first one held at Cansaulim on Wednesday.

    The government must protect the interests of smaller fishermen, Sanjay Pereira, a traditional fisherman from Cacra, said.

    Caranzalem-based traditional fisherman Menino D’Souza said it is not just the fishing community, but the entire coastline of the state that would be affected by the draft CRZ 2018.

    Goenchea Ramponkaracho Ekvott general secretary Olencio Simoes said the draft CRZ 2018 has been proposed solely to facilitate the Sagarmala Programme in which Goa’s coastline and rivers will be reclaimed to enable the construction of roads and roads on stilts for port projects, pipelines, conveyor belts, roads, breakwaters and storage terminals. He further said that this will result in thousands of fishermen being displaced. Simoes said the draft notification violates the principles of the central government’s earlier notification in 1991 that restricted development in the immediate vicinity of the sea and rivers.

    Calling the notification anti-people and anti-environment, Simoes said, “Our coastline is ecologically fragile. When the settlement at Baina was demolished in 2012, the government said the rise in seal level rise was a treat to people’s lives.”

    He added that the draft notification needs to be scrapped.

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      World-class infra for tech firms outlined in IT policy

      Bindiya Chari | TNN | Updated: Jul 14, 2018, 07:10 IST
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      PANAJI: The state-of-the-art technology park proposed at Chimbel will have a built-up area of at least 15 lakh sq ft and provide work spaces for anywhere between 8,000 and 10,000 employees. The Goa IT policy, which is set to be unveiled on Sunday, talks about the government’s commitment in providing world class infrastructure for the establishment and development of information and technology units in Goa.

      An IT village spread over 4 lakh sq ft will be developed within the technology park. The IT village would provide for ready-to-move and plug-and-play facilities on lease with a built-up area measuring approximately 1 lakh sqm, as per the IT policy which was approved by the cabinet on Wednesday.

      With a focus on green initiatives, the IT policy says the park will be developed as a facility matching latest green technology parameters. It would have a solar farm power grid.

      Most industries located in the industrial estates have been complaining of frequent power failures. Trade observers say investors are reluctant to step into Goa due to the power problem. The IT policy states that occupants of the park will be provided 100 % power back-up, high speed internet, and other amenities.

      The IT industry-specific infrastructure will be developed through a public private partnership (PPP) mode depending on requirement of IT companies. Also, from time to time, the state will notify schemes for creation of land banks for further expansion of IT infrastructure, the policy states.

      The policy also provides for fiscal incentives to new and existing units investing or expanding their businesses in Goa.

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        Citizens plant saplings in Colva circle potholes

        TNN | Jul 14, 2018, 07:05 IST
        Residents of Fatorda and Davorlim covered the existing potholes by planting coconut saplings and some ornamental plants in them

        COLVA: Protesting the potholed road at the Margao-Colva circle, residents of Fatorda and Davorlim covered the existing potholes by planting coconut saplingsand some ornamental plants in them.

        The Colva circle is an important junction as vehicles from Colva, Margao, Panajiand Ponda enter and exit from there. However, it often witnesses traffic jams due to the bad condition of the road.

        Davorlim resident Ambrose Miranda said he witnessed consecutive accidents on Sunday and Monday. In one case, a woman fell from her bike and fractured her arm and in the other, a motorcycle-bound student sustained head after falling from the bike.

        On April 4 TOI had highlighted the condition of the road. However, neither has the damaged section been repaired yet, nor have the potholes been filled up.

        Public works department, assistant engineer Prasad Panandikar said that instruction have already been issued to the contractor, but they are waiting for a dry spell to undertake the work. When it was pointed out that July 12 and 13 were relatively dry days, he said that work could not be undertaken as it requires at least 24 hours to mobilise labourers for the same.

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          CRZ notice to firm co-owned by deputy speaker

          TNN | Updated: Jul 15, 2018, 09:55 IST
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          PANAJI: The Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) has directed a real estate firm, in which deputy speaker Michael Lobo has a stake, to demolish its building located in a CRZ area in Calangute.

          The decision was taken at GCZMA’s 166th meeting wherein the firm was also ordered to restore the land to its original state within 15 days from the date of receipt of the order. Member secretary Ravi Jha, directed the deputy collector and sub-divisional office to verify if the structures are razed as per the order.

          It is further directed to submit a compliance report in respect of GCZMA’s direction within three days of expiry of the 15 days given to execute the order.The complaint, alleging violation of the CRZ regulation, was filed by social activist Kashinath Shetye. The builder had also not obtained prior approval and the project had caused environmental destruction, he alleged.

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            ‘All internal roads to be hotmixed’

            TNN | Jul 16, 2018, 03:22 IST

            Margao: Margao Congress MLA Digambar Kamat on Saturday said all internal roads in the town, especially in Colmorod ward, will be tarred with a fresh coat of hotmix before November.

            The hot mixing of road in Colmorod-Margao will cost over Rs 365 lakh, he said.

            “All toilets in Margao will be connected to the sewerage line. The work is almost complete, with only a few still to be done in the Colmorod ward. It will be completed in November,” said Kamat.

            Kamat said since power minister Pandurang Madkaikar is sick, the official inauguration of the Aquem power sub-station transformer has been delayed.

            “But it has been commissioned and will supply power to Margao residents. To solve the frequent power woes, two 10 MVA power transformers have been installed and commissioned at Aquem and KRC sub-stations each costing Rs 64 lakh,” he said. tnn


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              6 yrs later, Comba roads to get tarred

              TNN | Jul 16, 2018, 03:23 IST

              Margao: The roads in Comba, Margao will finally get a fresh layer of bitumen after a wait of six long years. The PWD has recently issued a notice inviting tenders for “hot-mixing of the main road, including branches of roads in the area of Comba”. The work is estimated to cost Rs 1.3 crore.

              Residents of Comba had been complaining of the bad condition of roads ,and authorities had assured that roads will be hot-mixed.

              Councillor, Ketan Kurtarkar said, “There are several educational institutions, temples, chapels, etc, in Comba and its vicinity, and the state of roads was causing hardships to motorists and pedestrians. The condition gets worse during rains. I had submitted several representations to PWD, Fatorda, for not carrying out hot-mixing of roads in Comba for the last 6 years.”

              Kurtarkar said that information obtained by him through an RTI revealed that the work order was issued on September 15, 2011 for Rs 1.1 crore but was never executed for reasons unknown. tnn

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                Intel to help state map poor roads to curb accident deaths

                TNN | Jul 16, 2018, 07:12 IST

                More than half of fatalities were due to poor road infrastructure

                PANAJI: Intel India on Sunday announced its intention to partner with the Goa government to develop a GPS-based infrastructure map that could identify poor road infrastructure locations while also deploying a collision avoidance system(CAS) in Goa.

                Speaking at the Goa IT Day at ESG complex, the country head of Intel India and vice-president of Data Center Group Nivruti Rai said that Intel India was willing to work closely with the Goa government to introduce an automative safety innovation solution that will create a repository of road and traffic information.

                Rai pointed out that every year, the number of accident fatalities were increasing with "more than half of them due to poor road infrastructure and the remainder driver mistakes".

                "We at Intel have a solution that will enable avoidance of such accidents. We are calling it collision avoidance," Rai said. "As a byproduct, we are generating a map of infrastructure that will tell where the infrastructure is poor that needs to be fixed otherwise an accident will happen."

                The CAS is provided by Mobileye, an Israeli startup company acquired by Intel in 2017 for $15 billion.

                Rai said Intel India was also keen to work with the state government to build a city data stack which will store data about basic amenities and government services on the cloud and which could then be monetized.

                Intel India is already working closely with state governments, particularly in Karnataka on similar interventions and is even collaborating with NITI Ayog on bringing in innovation and IT into governance.

                Rai also indicated that Intel India was willing to work with the Manohar Parrikargovernment to push internet penetration in the hinterland while also promoting women empowerment.

                "I am trying to build rural connectivity. We are going to make sure that the connectivity is available, to make sure that by 2020, Goa can showcase 5G as well," Rai said.

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                  Renovation work in full swing at airport

                  TNN | Jul 17, 2018, 03:09 IST

                  Panaji: Due to ‘unprecedented passenger traffic growth’ in recent years at the Goa airport in Dabolim, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has taken up modification work at the terminal. This includes ‘complete renovation of all washrooms and measures to reduce waiting time by providing additional entry gates’.

                  “Modification works inside the terminal are in full swing,” read a tweet from the Goa airport’s official social media handle. The improvements to be carried out include installation of new signages, it said.

                  Systematic changes are also underway to improve the ground transportation system at the airport. Better food and beverage options too would soon be available.

                  “Appointment of F&B master concessionaire is under process...Retail experience at Goa Airport is undergoing a complete makeover with Future Group-led Consortium winning the Retail Master Concessionaire contract for running the airport retail business,” another tweet the airport authorities read.

                  During peak tourist season, the airport handles 131 flight operations per day. With an annual growth of 15% in domestic passengers, AAI plans to increase the capacity of the airport to handle 70 lakh passengers. The work to extend the integrated airport terminal is estimated to cost Rs 240 crore.

                  The work on demolishing of the old airport terminal, which has been lying unused ever since the new airport terminal was inaugurated in December 2013 has also begun.

                  Though the state’s lone airport was originally designed to handle 50 lakh passengers per year, traffic handled by the authorities in 2017 was 70 lakh.

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                    PWD resumes water supply to Ponda, parts of Tiswadi

                    TNN | Updated: Jul 17, 2018, 06:49 IST
                    Workers install dehydration motors to help the water pumps dry

                    PONDA: Potable water supply to Ponda taluka and part of Tiswadi taluka has been normalized after five pumps began functioning from late Monday night onwards. The supply was disrupted after all seven pumps at the 55-MLD plant at Opa water treatment plant were submerged on Friday night.

                    Executive engineer Dilip Dhavalikar said that five pumps have been started and two were being installed late on Monday. Normally, only five pumps are used to fetch water from River Khandepar and two are kept on standby.

                    The seven pumps were submerged after an iron pipe attached to the seventh pump broke, leading to submerging of all pumps on Friday. Residents of Ponda taluka and parts of Tiswadi woke up to find their taps dry as all the submerged pumps were non-functional.

                    “Once the motor inside the pumps are soaked in water, it becomes non-functional and needs to dry by being heated inside a furnace for about a day. We have already got three dehydration motors from a Vasco-based unit and will get the remaining motors by Monday. Water supply to Ponda will be regularised by Tuesday after restoring all seven pumps,” Dhavalikar said.

                    “The water division tried to ease the problem by releasing water from the 12-MLD and 8-MLD plant. Tankers were sent to supply water where tap water could not reach,” said Nivruti Parsekar, assistant engineer at Ponda.

                    As the 55-MLD plant supplies water to Ponda taluka and part of Tiswadi including Old Goa and Cumbharjua, consumers faced hardships on the weekend.

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                      CM: Pay Rs 2,500 for littering from Aug 15

                      tnn | Jul 17, 2018, 04:09 IST

                      Panaji: Chief minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday said those found littering and drinking in public after August 15 will be heavily fined. “The police are already on the job, but now the fine is only Rs 100. It’s soon going to be Rs 2,500.” He said littering will be very costly after inaugurating EDC’s innovation hub in the city.

                      “While the government should do a lot of things, there’s also civil responsibility cast on the people,” Parrikar said. “They can demand things from the government, but civic responsibility is equally important.” He said the EDC should keep Panaji clean as part of its corporate social responsibility.

                      Parrikar called the littering on Mandovi bridge “painful” and asked the people not to throw flowers and plastic bags into the river.

                      “People think they’re doing a great religious service by throwing flowers in the river,” he said.

                      “Flowers should be given to the river, but not in a plastic bag and not in a ‘thrown’ manner. You have to go to the bank of the river and submit them to the river.” He said that despite the bridge being cleaned everyday, the problem continues.

                      The chief minister said the Smart City campaign isn’t just about installing CCTVs, WiFi and footpaths, but also infrastructure. He said Ribandar may get underground cabling, and small markets are on the cards in Ribandar and Patto.

                      Responding to the floods that afflict Panaji during heavy rains, Parrikar said, “I agree when there are heavy rains and high tide, the city will retain water for some time. We have made arrangements to pump out water in Mala so that it doesn’t remain underwater for more than 2-3 hours even with heavy rains.”


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