Times of India | 2 months ago | 31-08-2022 | 02:40 am
Canacona: Despite huge sums being spent to set up a state-sponsored Swayampurna Chaturthi Bazaar at Chaudi in Canacona, it is the roadside markets that sprouted up selling matoli items that did brisk business this season.Most of those who sell their wares along the roadside belong to the local indigenous community and are said to have a regular clientele. Ironically, some were sitting out in the open, just about eight metres away from the bazaar itself while others occupied specific pockets along the highway and village roads in Canacona. This, however, impacted sales at the bazaar, which was inaugurated with great fanfare eight days ago by speaker Ramesh Tawadkar. Many of the stalls were empty and those participating in the bazaar said there was a lack of buyers or even visitors. Even on Tuesday, a day before Ganesh Chaturthi, most of the sellers had hardly sold any of their wares.‘Some buyers who were coming with the intention of shopping at the bazaar, ended up making purchases from these roadside vendors, leaving us helpless,’ one participant at the bazaar said. “There was enough space/plots available inside the pandal,” the woman added.Interestingly, the authorities seem to have turned a blind eye to the situation and many say they didn’t even make an effort to encourage the roadside vendors to be a part of the bazaar, despite there being no fee for participation.
Canacona: Public using the recently repaired Portuguese-era Ardhofond bridge in Canacona are facing health risks with the open extension joints of the bridge. The repairs of the bridge was taken up at an estimated cost of Rs 8 crore around six months ago and its extension joints were opened up and replaced at six places. The jonts were subsequently filled by a single layer of hotmix. “Some joints are as broad as six to eight inches, and light vehicles plying on the bridge can get stuck in these,” a senior citizen said, adding that if the joints are not filled in on priority, They will cause damage to the spinal cords of the users.Public works department’s technical assistant Sagar Shet, who was inspecting the work when it was taken up six months back, said he will bring it to the notice of the higher authority. Shet said that fresh hotmixing work in some areas of Canacona will be taken up in a week’s time, so the joints can be filled in then to ease the inconvenience to the commuters as of now.
Canacona: If the construction work of the Rs 11 crore 3-storey administrative-cum-commercial building of the Canacona Municipal Council (CMC) is not carried out as per the specifications and designs, then it will not be tolerated said assembly speaker and Canacona MLA Ramesh Tawadkar, in a veiled warning to the contractor of the Goa State Urban Development Agency.Councillors have been complaining of the delays in works during the monthly council meetings and also the faulty designs, he said.Recently, the matter was brought to the notice of the Canacona MLA by CMC chairperson Ramakant Naik Gaunkar and a joint inspection was also held .CMC complained of non-availability of the construction plan at the work site besides faulty execution of the work. They also highlighted the poor quality construction material and lack of curing for the structure.The contractor said that the site was handed over to him one and half year late. “Initially, the demolition of the old building had to be done by the CMC. We waited for it to happen for more than six months. Only in April could the work start. I will try my best to complete it in the given timeframe,” he added.Initially, demolition of the old building had to be done by the CMC. We waited for it to happen for more than six months. Only in April could the work start. I will try my best to complete it in the given timeframe
Canacona: Chairperson of Canacona Municipal Council (CMC) Ramakant Naikgaunkar has warned those operating businesses on land and properties owned by the municipality to pay the rent or face action.The chairperson said that strict action would be taken against the defaulters by sealing their establishments.Some councillors at the council meeting said the houses built illegally before 2018 should be regularised by giving house numbers, which they said will add revenue to the council. Mastimol councillor Dhiraj Naikgaunkar said the municipality is constructing the municipal building at an estimated cost of Rs 11 crore but that the actual plan has not been put before the councillors. Alleging a delay in the construction, he demanded an investigation. The Mastimol councillor further alleged corruption in the construction of the Dumanem waste treatment plant and said that the work is of inferior quality.Referring to the National Swachhta League award and Azadi@75 Swachh Survekshan Award conferred on the CMC, he suggested that a special function be organised honouring the workforce.
Canacona: Travellers have a reason to be happy as the Canacona railway authorities will soon start the Pernem-Karwar DEMU and Margao-Mangaluru Central DEMU trains which will stop at Canacona. However, some passengers are still waiting for the railways authorities to resume halts of long-distance trains at Canacona Except for two local passenger trains, no distant trains stop at Canacona Konkan Railway Station since their last halt in March 2021. The service was stopped altogether due to the Covid -19 outbreak.The services of the three long-distance trains that made halts at Canacona station—Netravati Express, Matsyagandha Express (daily) and Gandhidham Express (Weekly)—were discontinued following their last halts on March 24, 2021. As the overall Covid-19 situation improved and some trains, though limited, have resumed their schedules, halts at many KRC stations, including KRC Canacona, were not permitted due to different reasons.The Canacona KRC staff say that due to the unavailability/posting of medical staff at KRC Canacona no train halts were permitted after the schedule was resumed partially.“It’s not only an injustice to visiting tourists, but the locals, in particular, are badly affected,” a local said.The ticket quota previously issued here has also not resumed, inconveniencing many commuters. “With no halts to any trains, issuance of tickets of the Canacona quota cannot be resumed,” said a source at Canacona station. The ticket counter is open only for local passenger trains like Margao-Karwar, Mangaluru-Margao.While all trains have resumed their regular itinerary along the Konkan route, Netravati Express, Matsyagandha Express, and Gandhidham Express, which previously had a halt, do not stop at Canacona railway station
MARGAO: Minister for tourism Rohan Khaunte said that a master plan will soon be prepared for the development of Canacona constituency from the point of view of tourism. Introduction of air-conditioned bus service by Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) from Panaji to Canacona for 'Canacona darshan' and development of various spots into places of tourist attraction are among the proposals that were discussed by Khaunte with speaker and Canacona MLA Ramesh Tawadkar during the former's two-day tour of the constituency. Addressing reporters, Khaunte said that to provide a fillip to tourism activities in Canacona, the master plan will be divided into three categories - short-term goals, mid-term goals and long-term measures. While all infrastructure development works to be taken up under state government funds will be classified under short-term goals, financial assistance for the other two categories will be sought under the central government scheme, Prime Minister's Swadesh Darshan. Stating that some people are trying to misguide people over Mopa and Dabolim airports, Khaunte said that the government has maintained that no airport will be closed in Goa. He said that the government was committed for development of both South Goa and North Goa, equally, to improve the state's economy. "We plan to create a whole circuit with agro-tourism, wellness tourism, water sports, spiritual tourism, adventure tourism and eco-tourism. We will ensure one central package happens for Canacona and Sanguem talukas," Khaunte added. Stating that the nature of tourism has changed post-Covid with expectations of tourists changing with time, Khaunte stressed on the need for a course correction to maintain the most preferred tourist destination tag. "We are making Canacona a preferred destination among most preferred tourist destinations in Goa. We have identified new avenues such as eagle feeding, beach-coves, butterfly beach and honeymoon beach. We will ensure that water sports follow regulations and illegalities are curbed," the tourism minister said.