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    ‘PWD preparing report on Mopa Expressway’

    TNN | Jul 24, 2018, 03:02 IST

    Porvorim: Chief minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday said a detailed project report was being prepared by the public works department (PWD) for the proposed six-lane expressway that will connect to the under-construction international greenfiled airport at Mopa. The 8km long expressway will be built by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), he said.

    “Construction of the expressway to the airport was not part of the concession granted to GMR airports,” he said. “We have asked for a report on the Mopa Expressway. Once the PWD sends it, the NHAI will build the road.” Parrikar was responding to the cut motions moved by opposition MLAs to the demand for grants for various departments including civil aviation, home, environment, vigilance and general administration.

    Earlier, Calangute BJP MLA Michael Lobo expressed doubts over the completion timeline for the airport

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      Courts will decide fate of land bought by foreigners in Goa: Francis D'Souza

      This was stated in a written reply by law and judiciary minister Francis D’Souza to an unstarred question tabled in the assembly by Canacona MLA Isidore Fernandes on MondayTNN | July 24, 2018, 17:00 IST

      PANAJI: The fate of 619 immovable properties purchased by foreign nationals in the state since the last two years till date will depend on the orders of the civil court, as the matters are pending in the courts of law.

      This was stated in a written reply by law and judiciary minister Francis D’Souza to an unstarred question tabled in the assembly by Canacona MLA Isidore Fernandes on Monday.

      Fernandes had asked whether land or properties will be reverted back to owners if the government confirms that they are illegal transactions. “The decision will depend on the order of the civil court on a case-to-case basis,” D’Souza replied. Goa has witnessed an unprecedented rush by foreigners to buy land, reportedly violating the stringent FEMA rules.

      In 2008, the state government had unearthed 400-odd cases of sale of agricultural property to foreigners, some of whom had come on tourist visas and not business visas. Ten years ago, the Goa government had enacted a new registration act that made it extremely difficult for foreigners to buy land in the state. But, there were some relaxations a few months ago. The central government had put in place various mechanisms for land deals and transactions by foreigners under the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999, (FEMA).

      The government had appointed a committee in August 2013 to scrutinize all land deals by foreigners after allegations of violations of FEMA during the purchase of land in Goa.

      The committee had been tasked with processing of pending and future applications of foreign nationals or Indian nationals regarding the purchase of property or sale of property by foreigners, person-of Indian-origin (PIO), Overseas Citizens of India (OCI), etc.

      “The authority to verify such cases, before the sale deed is executed, is the civil registrar-cum-sub registrar,” D’Souza further said.

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        Panaji municipal market electricity dues touch Rs 3.4 cr

        TNN | Jul 25, 2018, 00:21 IST
        Panaji: Electricity dues to the tune of Rs 3.4 crore with respect to the capital city’s municipal market complex continue to haunt the Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) and the Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC).

        GSIDC completed the first phase of the market in August 2003 and the second phase in 2007. The market was then handed over to the municipal body. However, the electricity bill along with arrears continues to be issued in the name of GSIDC.

        CCP and GSIDC, last week, jointly requested the electricity department for a bifurcation of dues — prior to and post the construction of the new Panaji municipal market — to be able to settle it.

        With neither CCP nor GSIDC settling the earlier bills, the dues along with interest have now accumulated to a whopping Rs 3, 42,04,934.

        Among other problems plaguing CCP with respect to the market is the continued nonreceipt of rent from shop owners. Although SOPO fees are collected daily from small vendors, CCP hasn’t signed any agreements with shop owners, which is why the latter pay no rent.

        Sixty percent of the land on which the municipal market has been constructed belongs to CCP and the rest is owned by the directorate of health services. CCP can sign leave and licence agreements with market traders only once the health department hands the land over to it.

        A meeting was recently held between the secretary urban development and CCP to discuss the handing over. The approval for handing over of land on lease is in process.

        The N D Agarwal committee appointed by the government, in its 2013 report, found that 80% of occupants of the market complex were illegal where majority of the occupants in the new market did not even figure in CCP’s list of tenants of the old market.

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          June saw 306 accidents on Goan roads with 14 deaths

          TNN | Jul 25, 2018, 00:22 IST

          Panaji: The month of June saw Goan roads claim a life every two days. Figures available with the directorate of transport show that the month saw a total of 306 road accidents — over ten a day — and 14 deaths, 11 of whom were riders.

          Apart from the 14 fatal accidents, the directorate reported 15 grievous accidents, 57 minor accidents and 220 ‘non-injury’ accidents. Of the 14 fatalities, three occurred in North Goa and 11 in South Goa. Two of those killed were pedestrians.

          June also left 16 people grieviously injured on the state’s roads, while 74 suffered minor injuries. The figures represent a substantial reduction as compared to May, which saw 37 grievous injuries and 139 minor injuries.

          Interestingly, a whopping 6,937 challans were issued in June — almost 240 a day.

          Recently, the state road safety council, in a meeting, reviewed steps taken to reduce road accident fatalities and infrastructure required to enforce road safety measures. The council identified a total of 57 ‘accident spots’ on highways that require work done by the PWD.

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            Cops act on errant parking in Calangute

            tnn | Jul 25, 2018, 03:26 IST

            Calangute: Aiming to put some sort of order in the chaotic traffic scenes usually plaguing the Calangute-Candolim beach belt, the Calangute traffic cell has started impounding two-wheelers and clamping down on four-wheelers found parked in no-parking zones in Candolim and the Calangute market area.

            This is the first time the traffic cell has resorted to this drastic measure.

            “We have been impounding wrongly parked vehicles as we have received many complaints about traffic jams and footpaths being blocked due to haphazard parking,” a source at the Calangute traffic cell said.

            The North Goa Planning and Development Authority (NGPDA) along with the Candolim panchayat recently demarcated parking zones for two-wheelers and four-wheelers along the Calangute-Candolim road stretch. However, people, especially those coming to the Candolim market, continue to park haphazardly, which leads to traffic jams.

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              ‘LED streetlights to be repaired by Aug-end’

              TNN | Jul 25, 2018, 03:39 IST

              Porvorim: Chief minister Manohar Parrikar told the assembly on Tuesday that issues pertaining to LED streetlights will be resolved by August-end after MLAs complained that maintenance has been neglected and, in some areas, the streetlights have stopped working.

              Standing in for power minister Pandurang Madkaikar, who is hospitalized in Mumbai, Parrikar admitted during Question Hour that it is indeed a problem. The problem arose, he said, because the contractor failed to execute its task.

              “We had a series of meetings with the company to address this issue,” said Parrikar, after opposition leader Chandrakant Kavlekar and other Congress legislators, including Digambar Kamat, Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco as well as NCP legislator Churchill Alemao, raised the issue on the floor of the house.

              An MLA pointed out that only one vehicle and five persons have been assigned the task to maintain the streetlights for entire south Goa. Parrikar said the company has been taken to task and more teams for maintenance are being placed. Also, no payments have been made, he said.

              Parrikar added that phase II installation of LED lights will be carried out once the existing problems are resolved, probably by Ganesh Chathurti.

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                ‘No study on plastic in water bodies’

                tnn | Jul 25, 2018, 03:27 IST

                Porvorim: Urban development minister Francis D’Souza on Tuesday stated that no study has been conducted on the impact of plastic waste on the state’s streams and rivers and their fauna.

                In a written reply to the House, D’Souza said that an environment impact study hasn’t been carried out by the Corporation of the City of Panaji, municipal councils or the directorate of municipal administration, although the government is aware that plastic waste and tubelights are thrown in rivers and streams across the state.

                There is no proposal under consideration with the department of tourism to implement a ban on the use of plastic, especially on beaches, and declare Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) areas in the state as plastic free zones, he stated, adding that the government has outsourced the work of beach cleaning .

                “The department of science, technology and environment, Saligao, issued a notification authorising/empowering assistant directors, assistant tourist officers and information assistants of this department to levy fines/penalty under sub-section (1) of Section 11 of the Goa Non-Biodegradable Act, 1996,” D’Souza said. He also mentioned that the proposal for banning plastic along CRZ areas is under consideration.

                The Goa State Pollution Control Board has issued letters to industries engaged in producing plastic bags to register with the board. Such units have to print details, including name, registration number of the manufacturer, and thickness on each bag.

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                  Cops book builder for duping pilot

                  TNN | Jul 26, 2018, 03:56 IST

                  Panaji: A female pilot, with a private airline, has filed a police complaint against a Goa-based real estate company for duping her for of Rs 3.5 crore. The victim, Sunali Taktawala, a resident of Gurgaon, has alleged she was refused possession by the builder of a villa she booked at Moira despite having paid 95% of the amount for the property.

                  Taktawala, whose complaint has been registered by the Mapusa police, said she was approached by an agent of Bennet & Bernard Custom Homes Pvt Ltd in August 2016 and accordingly she invested in the 387 sqm villa, which includes three bedrooms, a garden and a swimming pool.

                  The agreement for construction-cum-sale had said the villa would be handed over to Taktawala by March 2017 in habitabal condition. The pilot paid 95% of the amount or Rs 3.18 lakh for the villa, including Rs 16 lakh service tax, but, she alleged, instead of giving possession of the villa, the developer sent her a letter terminting the agreement of sale dated December 9, 2016.

                  “Despite being in breach of the said agreement by not having delivered the possession of the villa, the accused persons further demanded the last instalment, i.e. the last 5% of the total consideration, which in fact was due to accrue only at the time of delivery of possession of the villa,” Taktawala said in her complaint.

                  Mapusa police has booked Lincoln Bennet Rodrigues, chairman/managing director, Lindsay Bernard Rodrigues, director, and other officials of Bennet & Bernard Custom Homes Pvt Ltd in the matter. The FIR has been registered for hatching a criminal conspiracy ‘by dishonestly inducing the complainant to invest money for booking of a villa at Moira, Bardez.

                  Taktawala is also pursuing a case with the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission at New Delhi, where on April 17, 2018, the commission had said that ‘the opposite parties shall maintain status quo with regard to nature, title and possession of the villa.’

                  The pilot, however, alleges that she had spent approximately Rs 20 lakh towards purchasing furniture and other items that were placed in the villa. And despite the commission’s orders this furniture has been removed by the developer from the villa without her consent, the complainant alleged.

                  The termination letter she alleges also bars her from entering the villa despite having paid 95% of the property cost.

                  A representative for Bennet & Bernard Custom Homes Pvt Ltd, Vikrant Naik, when contacted by TOI, however, claimed that it was Taktawala who has breached the agreement. “Despite sending numerous notices, the client has not come forward and signed the sale deed and taken the possession of the villa,” he alleged.

                  Taktawala, on the other hand, states in her complaint that she ‘repeatedly contacted the offices of the accused persons to enquire about the delivery of possession of the villa but to no avail as the accused persons unilaterally chose to inordinately extend the timelines for delivery of the villa on one pretext or the other and without conveying any genuine reasons for the same.’

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                    Over 700 liquor retailers along highways will soon be back in biz

                    tnn | Jul 26, 2018, 04:16 IST
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                    Panaji: Liquor outlets along highways in 54 of Goa’s villages that were barred from selling alcohol, are set to get relief as the state government has moved to classify these villages as ‘sufficiently developed areas’. It has further ordered the excise department to renew retail liquor licences in these villages. Sources said the move would benefit around 758 liquor licence holders.

                    A majority of the locales concerned lie in the Tiswadi and Bardez talukas. Sources said renewals could be processed within the next few days and retailers could restart operations by August 1.

                    Alcohol retailers in the villages concerned had been staring at closure as their licences were not renewed after March 31, 2017, pursuant to a Supreme Courtjudgement dated December 15, 2017.

                    “The commissioner of excise shall proceed to renew licences for the retail sale of liquor belonging to licensees located within village jurisdiction,” finance secretary Daulat Hawaldar stated in Wednesday’s order.

                    In a meeting on April 18 this year, a three-member committee of the state government had recommended to the finance department that liquor outlets falling in areas contiguous to municipalities, or in areas that were sufficiently developed, be notified as cluster towns.

                    While renewing liquor licences, the excise commissioner will have to write to the chief town planner of the town and country planning department, and to the director of municipal administration, requesting them to treat the relevant villages as ‘sufficiently developed area’. The three departments are expected to submit a report, along with comments, to the state government within a period of one month from the date of issue of the order, Hawaldar said.


                    HIGH SPIRITS

                    * The Supreme Court, in December 2016, banned liquor vends within 500 metres of national and state highways across the country

                    * The move was aimed at reducing drunk driving and road accidents that claim thousands of lives every year

                    * States and union territories were asked to implement the order by March 31, 2017

                    * In a survey, the excise department detected 3,200 odd licensees operating within 500 metres of either state or national highways in Goa

                    * On March 31, 2017, the Supreme Court reduced the benchmark to 220 metres for highways passing through municipal councils with populations of less than 20,000

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                      Sight of debris welcomes foreigners at police headquarters

                      TNN | Updated: Jul 26, 2018, 07:52 IST

                      Officials informed that the garbage has been piling up on their premises owing to ongoing renovation works of two of its offices

                      PANAJI: A mound of debris was found to be dumped in front of the Foreigner Regional Registration Office (FRRO) waiting room situated inside the police headquarters, Panaji.

                      The police station is in the heart of the capital and for it to be littered withgarbage is a sorry state of affairs. What is striking is that this has been dumped near the FRRO, an office that so many foreign nationals visit.

                      Officials informed that the garbage has been piling up on their premises owing to ongoing renovation works of two of its offices, the special branch office and the economic offences cell.

                      Cement bags have been filled with wood shavings and other waste by the contractor’s workers and dumped in the premises, they said. Officials, however, maintained that the contractor has been verbally instructed to remove the waste once the renovation works are complete. The debris, however, did not induce any stink around the complex.

                      “I will ask somebody to look into the matter and have the debris cleared from the area,” said director general of police, Muktesh Chander.

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