Times of India | 1 month ago | 05-10-2022 | 04:36 am
Panaji: Seven companies have shown interest in setting up the proposed solid waste management plant at Bainguinim. Six of the companies have raised a few queries related to relaxation in criteria including experience and finance.A senior officer said that four companies attended the pre-bid meet during which they raised their queries. “It does not mean that only these companies may bid for the project. There are possibilities that other companies that have not attended the pre-bid meet may also put in their bids,” the officer said. The Goa Waste Management Corporation (GWMC) has set October 14 as the deadline to submit bids.However, a senior government officer said that they are busy clarifying the queries raised by the companies and that in case there is need to amend the tender document then the deadline may be extended. On two occasions, not a single bidder was able to fulfil the criteria set by the government, prompting the latter to amend the tender document and float it again. The successful bidder will have to invest 25% of the project cost, while the remaining 75% will be provided by the state government. The government will repay the bidder’s investment over a period of 10 years with interest.The plant, which will have a waste-processing capacity of 100 tonne per day (TPD) with an additional buffer capacity of 20TPD, will be built at an estimated cost of Rs 120 crore. Once ready, the facility will be similar to the one in Saligao with bio-methanation as the main treatment for wet waste. Biogas and compost will be generated from the process.
Panaji: The food and drugs administration (FDA) of Goa has shut down a restaurant in Calangute in wake of a food poisoning case.FDA officials inspected the premises of Punjabi Kitchen Bar and Restaurant, Calangute where the alleged food poisoning took place. A sample of the water and curry was drawn and a spot inspection report was issued. The restaurant has been shut down till further orders due to unhygienic conditions, the FDA stated. The inspection was conducted by food safety officers Rajaram Patil, Madhav Kavlekar and Bhakti Walke after the food poisoning complaint was received by FDA. The FDA also conducted an inspection at M/s Rohit Hotel at Porvorim and directed it to stop food business activities. This is the premises wherein a video of a cockroach in a samosa has been doing the rounds on social media.In another case, a bhel puri stall at Saligao was directed to shut down after it was found operating without Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) licence.
Margao: As a part of its restructuring process, state Congress president Amit Patkar on Tuesday appointed block presidents to its 21 block committees.The new block presidents are Narayan Redkar for Mandrem, Manoj Naik for Bicholim, Shashank Narvekar for Mapusa, Parvati Nagvekar for Siolim, Atul Naik for Saligao, Ashwin De Souza for Aldona, Dnyaneshwar Govekar for Taleigao, Manoj Palkar for St Andre, Mangaldas Naik for Sankhali, Harshad Bhonsle for Priol, William Aguiar for Ponda, Dnyaneshwar Borkar for Marcaim, Vasant Naik for Dabolim, Peter D’Souza for Cortalim, Milagres Fernandes for Curtorim, Anwar Sayyed for Fatorda, Assiz Noronha for Cuncolim, Fransisco Rodrigues for Velim, Avadoot Amonkar for Quepem, Parag Sabnis for Curchorem and Jayesh Patil for Sanvordem, a per a press release. While they will take charge of their posts with immediate effect, the block committees will be constituted after consulting Congress workers of the respective constituencies, the release issued by senior party functionary, M K Shaikh, said.
Panaji: In a bid to address the power problems in Saligao and Siolim, the electricity department commenced a Rs 70 crore project to shift power cables underground in the two constituencies. Power minister Ramakrishna ‘Sudin’ Dhavalikar also announced that a new 180MW sub-station will be built at a cost of Rs 350 crore to provide electricity for Siolim, Calangute and some parts of Mapusa and Tivim.Dhavalikar laid the foundation stone for conversion of the existing overhead 11kV line of Nerul and Betim feeder emerging from the 33/11kV Saligao sub-sation. He also commissioned the 11kV three core underground cabling project in Siolim in the presence of local MLA Delilah Lobo. The work at Siolim has been executed by Capital Electech Pvt Ltd.The minister said that the frequent power failures in Saligao and coastal areas could soon be a thing of the past but was quick to add that demand for power keeps increasing due to large residential projects and hotels.“The power department has cleared works worth Rs 70 crore and in the last nine months, works worth Rs 100 crore have been started,” Dhavalikar said.Saligao MLA Kedar Naik, who was present for the function at Nerul, said that the underground cabling is needed as people suffer due to power fluctuation and frequent breakdowns during the monsoons.
PANAJI: Chief minister Pramod Sawant on Wednesday said that within a month Goa police will introduce an app to facilitate the public to lodge a complaint without having to visit a police station. A complainant will have to upload an identity proof along with the complaint. “Police have been doing their job, but people’s cooperation is needed and even the smallest crime needs to be reported. Shortly, complaints will be accepted online with an identity proof. The identity proof will have to be submitted with the complaint to discourage people from filing bogus complaints,” Sawant said at the inauguration of a police outpost at Betim. The CM, who also holds the home portfolio, said that Goa police crime detection rate is at 94%, the highest in the country. But the government’s endeavour is to see that crime doesn’t take place. “People also have to be proactive and help police in reducing crime by being alert,” he said. The Betim outpost has been opened in an old building that served as a police station during Portuguese rule. The building has been renovated at the cost of Rs 80 lakh. “The building has a historic value. Members of Gomantak Azad Dal led by Mohan Ranade had attacked it and taken away arms and ammunition and used it for Liberation of Goa,” said Sawant. The outpost, he said, will operate as a regular police station catering to complaints, community policing, traffic management and security of Betim village. It also has facilities for police personnel and it is one of the best structures, he said. The Betim police outpost will also be helpful with Betim road witnessing heavy traffic due to tourists visiting the coastal area, the CM said. Saligao MLA Kedar Naik and DGP Jaspal Singh were among present for the inauguration.
Calangute: The coastal belt in Bardez needs a dedicated power house with a tower line to meet the growing need for electricity, Calangute MLA Michael Lobo said. Talking to media during a site inspection of the new electricity sub-station at Calangute, which is tentatively scheduled to be commissioned by chief minister Pramod Sawant on November 14, Lobo said improved infrastructure for the Bardez coastal belt with more electricity and water is very much required. “If we don’t give the infrastructure to the tourism-related businesses, then we’re heading towards a dead end,” he said. Lobo added that with the commissioning of the sub-station at Calangute, the electricity situation there will improve to a great extent. “This is one step towards solving the power problem in Calangute. After this, the Saligao sub-station needs to be upgraded, like the Colvale power house,” Lobo said.