Times of India | 2 weeks ago | 23-11-2022 | 04:46 am
Margao: Avedem-Cottambi panchayat has taken a decision to impose a heavy fine extending upto Rs 5,000 on whoever is found dumping garbage in water bodies or roadsides within the panchayat jurisdiction. Village sarpanch Bhupendra Gauns Dessai said that whenever an incident of unauthorised garbage dumping is detected, a police complaint will be filed by the panchayat against the perpetrator and action initiated as per law. “The water bodies in the village have become polluted owing to indiscriminate dumping of garbage,” Dessai said. Referring to a lake in the village which, he said, was once very famous but now has been reduced to a waste dumping area, Dessai said that the panchayat has now engaged labourers to clean it up.“Garbage is also found dumped along the entire roadside from Avedem to Cottambi. I urge the villagers and people from neighbouring areas to help the panchayat in keeping the village clean,” Dessai said. With a view to clean the village of all the blind spots, the panchayat has begun a cleanliness drive. Dessai said that CCTV surveillance cameras will soon be installed at certain places with a view to deterring culprits from dumping garbage into water bodies and roadsides.Several villages of South Goa are facing a challenge in curbing instances of unauthorised dumping of garbage.
Margao: Discarded empty milk packets found in garbage dumps in Margao have come in for some amusing use: building rhetoric to prove or dismiss a point or two on waste management. If chairperson of Margao Municipal Council (MMC) Damodar Shirodkar relied on an old empty milk packet found at Sonsoddo to refute all allegations of inefficiency of the bioremediation work at Sonsoddo, Savio Coutinho of Shadow Council for Margao on Wednesday used the same “empty milk packet theory” to counter Shirodkar’s claim.As a team of Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) officials descended on a low-lying field at old market Margao on Wednesday to inspect the site following a complaint by the Shadow Council that screened mixed garbage from Sonsoddo was dumped in the field, Coutinho picked up an empty milk packet from the waste dumped in the field and found Rs 13 printed on it – the same rate that Shirodkar claimed to have found printed on the packet recently found at Sonsoddo.“If finding a milk packet at Sonsodo was described as successful bioremediation work, then what does finding a similar milk packet in the waste tagged inert/compost imply?” Coutinho demanded to know from the authorities.Two samples were collected by the GSPCB team on Thursday in the presence of Goa Waste Management Corporation and Margao municipality officials. Articles like shoes, syringes, batteries and plastics were found during the inspection.
PANAJI: Ahead of the inauguration of the new Goa International Airport at Mopa low cost airline IndiGo announced that it would start 12 daily flights from the new airport from January 5. IndiGo will operate 168 weekly flights connecting all the major metros along with Pune, Jaipur and Ahmedabad. The private airline said the Mopa will be the "largest ever new station launch" in the country with direct flights to eight airports. At the same time, IndiGo said that it will continue with the existing flights from Goa International Airport at Dabolim. "We are very excited to announce our largest ever new station launch with new direct connections from the New Goa International Airport in Mopa," said IndiGo chief executive officer Pieter Elbers. IndiGo said that the new flights are designed to cater to travelers who are "constantly on the lookout for new and affordable flying options" to fly to Goa whether for business or for tourism. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate Goa’s second international airport at Mopa on December 11 but the airport will begin operations from January 5. IndiGo said that it is introducing new flights to cater to the “increasing demand” from tourists who want to travel to north Goa. “Residents of Goa will also be able to utilize these new services to fly directly to many large cities across India and utilize IndiGo’s comprehensive network at its hubs to connect onward to its entire network spanning more than 100 destinations,” said the airline in a statement.
PANAJI: In what is becoming a trend among tourists, yet another individual drove a car onto a beach, this time onto the Morjim beach. With images of the vehicle being circulated on social media, the tourism department directed the Pernem Police Station to file an FIR against the unidentified individuals. According to deputy director for Tourism Dhiraj Vagle, the incident occurred on Thursday noon time. The vehicle, a Toyota Innova Crysta, appears stuck in the sand at Morjim. Photographs of the car, which has Goa registration, showed three individuals besides the car which is close to the high tide line. Morjim is a known Olive Ridley turtle nesting site and the government has banned all forms of activity that can disturb the turtles. The tourism department has also declared driving on Goa's beaches as a nuisance as such activities can damage the tourism potential of Goa’s beaches. Incidents where tourists violate rules and drive in a reckless manner have become common in Goa. “One unauthorized vehicle bearing registration No GA 03 Z 8474 was found to be recklessly and illegally driving at Morjim beach stretch,” said Vagle. Vagle asked the police to file an FIR against the driver and owner of the vehicle under section 188 of IPC. Along with criminal proceedings, the guilty will also have to pay a fine of Rs 5000 extendible up to Rs 50000. Under the Goa Tourist Places Protection and Maintenance Act, the tourism department has prohibited several activities including cooking of food in open spaces, begging, driving on beaches, drinking in public, massages, unauthorized hawkers and selling of cruise tickets. In this case, the owner of the car is liable for fines to the tune of Rs 5000 extendible upto Rs 50000. Goa has witnessed several instances of tourists taking their personal vehicles and rented vehicles for a drive on the beach, often even driving into the water. In the past, several vehicles got bogged down in the sand and were even partially submerged in water.
Ananyaa Bath, a woman lifesaver from Drishti Marine, was involved in a successful rescue operation at Benaulim Beach. The rescued person was a 40-year-old female tourist. Ananyaa Bat is one of five women lifesavers on the lifesaving team that conducts daily rescues and other beach-related tasks. A family on the beach was located close to the shore, when two of the family members who were under the influence of alcohol decided to venture deeper into the sea. While the two sisters were out in the deep waters, a sudden huge wave knocked one of the sisters over. She was temporarily submerged and took in water through her mouth and nose, which led to her suffocation. The other sister with her witnessed her struggle and began shouting for help. On noticing the commotion, Ananya Bhat and two other lifesavers Punu and Subhash, who were stationed at the nearest lifesaver tower, rushed to their rescue using equipment such as a rescue board and rescue tube. The two sisters were safely brought to shore. The person who was knocked over by the wave was having immense difficulty in breathing. Ananyaa, the female lifesaver carried out CPR and cleared her airway, bringing the individual back to a recovery state. The victim was subsequently handed over to the emergency services for further examination.
Actor Vihaan Samat of Mismatched fame is in Goa and talks to us about his experience in the state while he shoots for an upcoming project. “I love coming to Goa and since I lived most of my life in Mumbai, its nice to sometimes take a break and come here. I’ve been staying in South Goa for my shoot and people have been very hospitable. The beaches are beautiful, and I’ve been eating a lot of seafood as I don’t usually eat it while I’m in Mumbai. Honestly, the vibe here just relaxes me even though I’m working. I love to go to the beach to pick up seashells and taking a dip in the ocean. I love enjoying the nature here. I also got a lot of people who recognised me and told me how amazing my work in the past project were.” He narrates a fun incident while he was at the beach with his friends. “While we were at a beach, my friend and I got on an unattended banana boat and sailed it. it was a fun. It feels good." Known for his OTT series, Eternally Confused, Eager for Love, and Mismatched, he says, “I don’t prefer TV serials because I don’t see myself in that space and I would like to do movies and TV shows for streaming platforms for the future. We are shooting at a historical point which was built in the 18th century and somehow I feel very connected to the history and culture.”