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    Slab falls off at Sanguem market

    Johnny M | TNN | Updated: Jul 20, 2018, 11:09 IST

    QUEPEM: A tragedy was averted as a concrete slab fell off in the Sanguemmarket on Thursday morning. The market which is usually buzzing with buyers and sellers at that time of the day was near-empty due to the raging formalin controversy.

    Rosa Abranches from Loutolim, who has been selling dry fish in the market since the last 30 years, reached a little after the concrete slab came down. The slab lay exactly on the spot where she takes her seat. A chicken shop is also located nearby. About 30 shopkeepers do business within and outside the town hall market. “I usually reach the market at 8 am, but on Tuesday I reached just 10 minutes after the slab collapsed,” Abranches said.

    The slab that fell from a height of 20m flattened the steel shed of the 20-year-old market. Rumaldo Fernandes, chairperson of Sanguem Municipal Council said the council will soon take a decision to remove the remaining two slabs (another slab fell off some years ago) on a priority basis as a safety precaution.

    The dilapidated condition of the building is largely due to lack of maintenance for many years, sources said.

    SMC municipal engineer Suhas Faldessai said that building is safe as per municipal records.

    Fernandes said that council will soon take a resolution for a new council office building and will be constructed by GSIDC for which the proposal had already sent in consultation with local MLA.

    The present fish market shed will also be demolished very soon and a new one will be raised behind the new municipal building in the heart of the town at the cost of Rs. 30 lakhs, All the fish vendors will be shifted there, said Fernandes

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      Downtown planners discuss project with Mapusa councillors

      tnn | Updated: Jul 20, 2018, 11:13 IST

      The taskforce panel claims the project will solve Mapusa’s infrastructural woes

      SALIGAO: The consultant appointed to look into the Mapusa downtown planning scheme on Thursday accepted suggestions from stakeholders and made a powerpoint presentation to the chairperson and councillors of the Mapusa Municipal Council (MMC) on how to go about planning process.

      A taskforce committee, comprising chairman Sudhir Kandolkar, Mahabaleshwar Gadekar, Nelson Carvalho, Ryan Braganza, Rajesh Kunchelkar, Ashwin Kumar Prabhu and Sheikh Ahmed has been re-constituted to implement the scheme indowntown Mapusa.

      The committee, which will function from an office located in the municipal council building, will work towards the smooth implementation of the scheme.

      Under the downtown scheme, the government will take possession of farm land of which 35% will be given back to them in the form of developed plots.

      Another 30% would be utilized for construction of roads, drainage system, nullahs and open spaces, while the remaining 35% will be utilized for other development projects.

      Kandolkar said most of the infrastructural issues grappling Mapusa will be solved through this scheme.

      MMC chairperson Ryan Braganza said, “We want to make this to be an environmental-friendly scheme.”

      Architect Ashwin kumar Prabhu said, “This time we talked to architects. Next, we will hold another meeting with some educated persons and stakeholders and turn Mapusa into a sustainable town.”

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        Dug-up trenches at Curchorem pose health, safety hazard

        TNN | Jul 22, 2018, 03:41 IST

        Quepem: Three trenches dug up behind the Curchorem bus stand and in front of commercial cum residential buildings to erect a temporary shed for 16 shopkeepers have become breeding sites for vector borne diseases, as water has been accumulating in these pits since the onset of monsoon.

        Curchorem-Cacora Municipal Council (CCMC) had evacuated all shopkeepers from the old dilapidated building. While 42 shopkeepers were rehabilitated, 16 others decided to erect a shed at their expense with permission from the council.

        The pits are more than a metre deep and dangerous when filled up. “They pose a danger to children,” Vinesh Prabhudessai, a local, said.

        Public toilets are located around 15m from the pits and residents fear that sewage may flow into the accumulated water, thus increasing the health risk.

        Deputy collector of Quepem Rohit Kadam, who is also the chairman of vector borne disease committee and is holding additional charge of chief officer of CCMC, said that he will instruct the Curchorem health centre to carry out the inspection and to take precautionary measure.

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          Broken structure at temporary mkt irks Quepem vendors

          Johnny M | TNN | Jul 22, 2018, 03:49 IST

          Quepem: Fish and vegetable vendors brought under a temporary fish market shed near the Quepem cemetery are irked by the poor conditions of the place as the roof of the shed starts leaking whenever it rains.

          Despite several complaints, the Quepem Municipal Council (QMC) which had erected the shed in September, 2017, to accommodate the vendors are yet to take up repair work. The shed was built to pave way for a new market building at the originial site after razing the old one.

          “We had informed the council long ago about the broken rooftop sheets and requested the authorities to replace it, but nothing has been done yet. With rainwater falling on the fish, it becomes very difficult to sell them. The council had also promised us that the new market will be ready in a year,” said Shivaji Shetkar, a vendor.

          Another vendor said, “It’s the duty of the market inspector to ensure the market is in decent condition. The council has to provide us a safe place as we are paying daily sopo.”

          QMC chairperson Raul Pereira told STOI repair work will we carried out immediately. Even the makeshift arrangement for dry fish vendors is made of coconut leaves and tarpaulin.

          The civic body had wasted six month to demolish the old market building after opposition councillors stalled the process citing irregularities. Pereira said the tender for the new market building will be floated within 10 days.

          The new building will be constructed by the Goa State Urban Development Agengy at Rs 10.12 crore. It will have basement parking, while the ground floor will be occupied by fish vendors and other shopkeepers. The first, second and third floors will be used for offices and stalls, while the fourth floor will have a banquet hall.

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            Rising number of illegal structures on Saligao comunidade land irks villagers

            TNN | Jul 23, 2018, 03:50 IST

            Saligao: The mushrooming of illegal structures on comunidade lands, particularly in the fields, was the main issue which dominated the Saligao gram sabha held on Sunday.

            Other issues discussed included the increasing number of scrapyards in the village and also the menace of potholes on the road leading to the Saligao panchayat and the menace of stray dogs and cattle.

            During the gram sabha, attorney of Saligao comunidade Austin D’Gama told sarpanch Lafira Gomes that there were a number of illegal structures which were noticed on agricultural comunidade land. D’Gama said that the comunidade has no right to regularize illegal structures on comunidade land. “I will see to it that these illegal structures which have come up on comunidade lands will be demolished and no illegal constructions will mushroom on these lands,” he said.

            Another villager questioned the sarpanch to give an estimated figure of the number of houses in Saligao and how many houses were paying their house tax.

            Replying to the query, the sarpanch said that there were around 3,000 households in the village, but the panchayat has not yet decided on the charges. She further said that they have submitted a list of the number of rooms given on rent by house owners.

            When another villager questioned the sarpanch over the issue of garbage collection, the sarpanch said that the panchayat does not have sufficient funds for garbage collection. The villagers retaliated and told the sarpanch to refund the money of the villagers as it was the villager’s money which was utilized in the form of taxes to carry out garbage collection.

            Villagers also raised the issue of leachate spilling from garbage trucks which were causing a number of accidents due to the vehicles skidding on the village roads.

            “A number of people have met with accidents and have broken their limbs due to the leachate spilling on the road,” said a villager.

            Villagers also suggested that designated signage be set up for indicating bus stops and urged the sarpanch to notify the bus stops with proper signage.

            Villagers also questioned the sarpanch over a number of illegal scrapyards in the village and demanded that the scrapyards be taken out from the village. The sarpanch assured the villagers of taking action against the illegal scrapyards.

            “Harmful toxins from the scrapyards are flowing into the village posing a health risk to the villagers,” said a villager, adding that stolen material is also sold in the scrapyards.

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              'Consider Mapusa ecology in downtown planning scheme'

              TNN | Jul 23, 2018, 13:28 IST

              Heavy rainfall in June inundated Mapusa town and low-lying fields.

              PANAJI: Stakeholders, architects and others have called for a broader perspective in planning the Mapusa downtown scheme. The Bardez taluka headquarters is already reeling due to unplanned growth, a cluttered market, parking woes and flooding problems, experts said.

              Stakeholders fear that while the Mapusa downtown scheme may create more space for planning, the project needs careful consideration for its implications to the environment, demography and infrastructure problems.

              LKS Consultants, appointed to look into the project held a presentation for architects recently to explain the project details. But its key components are yet to be spelt out, sources said.

              "They should look at the project as one not only fitting within the town but the entire taluka as it is North Goa's hub," Tulio de Souza, an architect, said.

              The government has also appointed a task force to pursue and manage the scheme. But no data on important aspects, population, traffic density and other issues was furnished. "The concept appears to be good but proper data is needed on various aspects. Merely increasing the commercial area will not solve the problem," Gurudatta Sanzgiri, a senior architect, said.

              The site being a large catchment area, citizens and others stress on the need for an environment impact assessment (EIA). "It has not been provided so far. The area is a green bowl, with its own ecosystem and the only open area comprising roughly one fourth of the town area," de Souza said.

              The authorities are pursuing the plan, which has received support from some quarters, for a new township with various facilities. But there are some dissenting voices on environmental issues.

              Extremely heavy rainfall in June inundated the town and low-lying fields of several villages in central Bardez. The site is also close to the highly disturbed flood plain of Mapusa river.

              "This is agricultural land and it should be promoted more for agriculture. We are not in favour of the project, as the area is always flooded during rains. Some inlets of the river pass through it," Kapil Korgaonkar, a social activist said.

              Architects point out some far-reaching impacts on the town's demography. "Such a plan should, if at all, reflect an inclusive growth of the town and its suburbs rather than a superimposed development devoid of any linkages," de Souza said. Deputy town planner Ali Shaikh said all stakeholders, including senior citizens of Mapusa, will be consulted before taking a final decision.


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                New government panel to monitor drinking water, sanitation

                The state government has constituted a committee to ensure citizens receive safe drinking water and sanitation.

                TNN | Jul 23, 2018, 13:46 IST

                Picture used for representational purpose

                PANAJI: The state government has constituted a committee to ensure citizens receive safe drinking water and sanitation. The state common co-ordination committee headed by the secretary health will address the root causes of ill health in the state.

                The committee will work towards providing quality primary healthcare services, with prime focus on access to safe drinking water and sanitation as well as an enabling environment for sustainable livelihood. It will be the nodal body for planning and monitoring of urban health and WASH (water, sanitation, hygiene) service delivery to the urban poor. It will also give directions for planning and implementation of convergence and check effective mobilization and pooling of resources whenever required.

                The committee is expected to meet at least once in six months.

                Officials from the directorates of health, women and child development, and education, Corporation of the City of Panaji, MD of the Swachh Bharat Mission, head of department of preventive social medicine, presidents of the Indian Medical Association, Indian ************** Association and Indian Academy of Pediatrics, member of the Federation of the Obstetrics and Gynecological Societies of India, state programme officer of the National Urban Health Mission and president of the NGO voluntary health association of Goa (VHAG) are on the 15-member committee.

                It will be the nodal body for planning and monitoring of urban health and WASH (water, sanitation, hygiene) service delivery to the urban poor

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                  WRD team visits Kankumbi, confirms diversion of water

                  Rajendra P Kerkar | TNN | Updated: Jul 24, 2018, 07:47 IST

                  The water is being diverted from three important sources-Amyacho Vhal, Kasturicho Vhal and Chigalyacho Vhal

                  KANKUMBI: Following TOI’s report in its Monday edition about Karnatakaraising obstructions in the Kalsa tributary to divert water to Malaprabha river, reducing the downstream flow of Goa’s Barazan and Ladkem waterfalls, a team of officials from Goa’s water resources department (WRD) visited the site at Kankumbi, close to Goa’s border.

                  The team confirmed that the obstructions raised in the Kalsa tributary of the Mhadei river are diverting a huge flow of monsoonal water from three streams — Amyacho Vhal, Kasturicho Vhal and Chigalyacho Vhal — into the Malaprabha basin, significantly reducing the flow towards Goa. The water is being diverted from the three important sources of the tributary through an inter-connecting open cut and underground canals.

                  Karnataka had built a system of canals to divert the Kalsa nullah into Malaprabha basin, which were plugged following a court order.

                  Superintendent engineer Shrikant Patil, who was Goa’s representative to monitor the plugging work of both vents of the inter-connecting canals to prevent automatic diversion, said, “Though, the work has been done as per agreed design and specifications, it is surprising to note how water is being diverted.”

                  “We have seen a huge quantum of water merging into the Malaprabha river. We will submit our findings,” assistant engineer, WRD Deelip Naik said.

                  Naik, who looks after the Mhadei matter, and another official R Bandekar, arrived at the site on Monday where inter-connecting underground canals join to lead into the Malaprabha river.

                  Chief engineer WRD Sandeep Nadkarni, additional chief engineer Premanand Kamat and Patil also visited the site where important feeders of the Kalsa tributary empty into the inter-connecting canals. The water then flows through the cross regulator into hollow spaces left deliberately to activate a reverse flow for diversion through underground canals, at a lower level.

                  “The diversion of the three streams has drastically reduced flow into Kalsa for about one kilometre,” Ambaji Naik from Kankumbi said.

                  Karnataka initiated the project in 2006 and the canal network has destroyed the natural course of the tributary. “The canal, extending almost 4km, has disrupted the course of the Kalsa nalla from its origin at Rameshwar temple to the Amyacho Vhal for three kilometres,” Ramdas Shetkar, a member of Vivekanand Environment Awareness Brigade, said.

                  Superintendent engineer Shrikant Patil said that though, the plugging work on the canals has been done as per agreed design and specifications, it is surprising to note how water is being diverted.

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                    Manohar Parrikar: Goa to ban plastic, littering, public drinking

                    TNN | Updated: Jul 24, 2018, 15:07 IST

                    Goa CM Manohar Parrikar

                    PORVORIM: Chief minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday announced plans to bring in a law in two weeks to introduce and enforce a ban on public littering, use of plastic, cooking along the roadside and consumption of alcohol in public.

                    He said the government was considering a fine of Rs 1,000 for violators caught dumped garbage in public. The amount could be increased if MLAs thought fit to do so, Parrikar said. “You cannot fling flowers wrapped in plastic from the bridge,” Parrikar said, adding that authorities would soon take a tough stand in tackling garbage.

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                      Quelossim gram sabha says no to starred hotel project

                      tnn | Jul 24, 2018, 03:15 IST

                      Panaji: The gram sabha of Quelossim panchayat reiterated its opposition to the GTDC’s proposal for a starred hotel near the popular Kesarval spring, as part of the beautification project.

                      A resolution was passed at the Sunday meeting chaired by Cortalim MLA Alina Saldanha rejecting the construction of the hotel. Villagers had earlier accepted the corporation’s proposal to beautify and rejuvenate the spring. The meeting chaired by sarpanch, Maria D’Souza, witnessed a heated debate over the issue while Saldanha maintained that it would help create some jobs.

                      Heavy traffic plying on a narrow road near Kesarval spring to Loutolim and Vasco also kicked up some dust. Villagers suggested that a barrier be erected to block passage to heavy vehicles.

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