Canacona: Weak mobile tower connectivity, power cuts, desilting of Galgibaga river and sand erosion along the Galgibaga coast were the issues discussed at the Poinguinim gram sabha held on Sunday. While a lengthy discussion was on on the constant sand erosion along the Galgibaga coast, sarpanch Savita Tawadkar said that a Pune-based agency, appointed by the government, has conducted an inspection and will send a report soon. “Once we get the suggestions from the agency, the government authority concerned will take charge and the required precautions will be taken to contain the erosion to safeguard the settlements along the coast,” she added.At the gram sabha, the villagers demanded desilting of Galgibaga river to safeguard the paddy cultivation of nearly 100 farmers, which is spoilt after the bundhs are breached.The stray cattle problem was also discussed at the meeting. Assembly speaker and Canacona MLA Ramesh Tawadkar, who was present for the gram sabha, said the stray cattle issue is a concern of all Canconkars. “We need to work on this by putting in efforts in procuring land from the comunidade to construct a goshala. This will also help in creating some jobs for the unemployed youth,” he said.On the issue of draft amendments made to the Goa Land Development and Building Construction Regulations, the panchayat body said that nothing has come to them in this regard. The villagers were told that they need not worry as if such issues crop up, special meetings will be arranged to hold discussion on pros and cons, before any decision is taken.The gram sabha was attended by around 200 villagers. Sarpanch, panchs, panchayat secretary and the local MLA were also present.
Canacona: While continuing to mount pressure for speeding up the commencement of works at the accident-prone Karmal Ghat section, Goa legislative assembly speaker and Canacona MLA Ramesh Tawadkar directed chief engineer (national highways and roads & bridges) Dinesh Gupta to take up the matter on a war footing.Tawadkar convened a meeting with Gupta, executive engineer D Kamat and other officers at the speaker’s chamber on Thursday to discuss the issue. He directed the officials to complete the four-lane highway at the earliest. He also asked for a meeting with the principal conservator of forests (PCF) and officers to resolve the issue of obtaining a no-objection certificate to cut forest trees in the acquired area of Karmal Ghat near Canacona. He asked the executive engineer to take “immediate action to widen narrow roads where maximum accidents are taking place”.
Canacona: Canacona police arrested a 25-year-old person from Canacona following a rape complaint.In her complaint, the woman, who is major in age, alleged that Pravin Gaonkar raped her on several occasions for the past three months at Canacona.The survivor further alleged that Gaonkar clicked photos of her without her consent, and blackmailed her by posing as a cop using fake identification. She also stated that the accused extorted money from her to the tune of Rs 64,930.The accused was arrested under Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).Gaonkar has also been charged under Sections 506 (threatening), 468 (cheating) and 170 of the IPC for creating a false ID. The accused was produced before JMFC Canacona, who remanded him in four days police custody.The police stated that both the accused and survivor were medically examined.
Canacona: The much talked about proposal for the construction of a tunnel at Karmalghat as an alternative to the expansion of the highway which will involve felling of thousands of trees, may be scrapped or has been put on the back burner.Speaker of Goa assembly and Canacona MLA Ramesh Tawadkar said that the proposal has been deferred as the Union minister for road transport Nitin Gadkari said that it is not technically viable. “Instead a six-lane proposal has been put forth and this might get the approval considering the view of the greens,” Tawadkar told TOI.He also said road engineers will study what best can be done with regards to the turns and curves along the highway where accidents frequently take place. Environmental activists had suggested a tunnel to avoid felling of thousands of trees that will be needed to be cut for the expansion of the highway.This demand was put forth by Tawadkar during a video conferencing with Gadkari recently. Voicing the concerns of the environmentalists, he told the senior Union minister that a tunnel is needed to avoid accidents on the ghats and also to prevent the ecology from being destroyed during the proposed road widening.Gadkari replied, ‘I will do one thing, I will make this stretch an accident-free zone. If possible, we’ll make it 6-lane or else 4-lane, by acquiring land. As regards felling of trees, which are around 2,500, let the permission from Goa happen quickly, and at my end, I will immediately commence the works.”“You only see that permission to cut these trees comes from the forest department. I will also tell my people to put the proposal before the forest authority. Once forest clearance comes, we will go all-out for land acquisition process and no sooner both these works are over, I will see that this accident-prone section at Karmalghat is made accident-free,” he told Tawadkar.
Canacona: A container truck fell on its side and collided against the crash barriers at Karmalghat, early Saturday morning.The Maharashtra-registrated truck was travelling from Karnataka towards Margao, and on reaching a slight turn at Karmalghat, the vehicle fell on its left side and crashed into the barriers. The driver and cleaner escaped with minor injuries.“In order to give sufficient space to an oncoming vehicle, the tyres on the left side of the trailer went slightly off road, which triggered its massive fall onto the crash barriers,” police said.Meanwhile, a car crashed into a roadside electricity pole at Devbhaga on the Agonda-Canacona road in the early hours of Saturday.Sources said that the car was travelling from Agonda to Canacona at high speed, and immediately after crossing the sharp turn at Devbhaga crashed into the pole.A display board of a resort was also damaged. Around five occupants were in the car at the time of the mishap, and all of them escaped without any major injuries.
Calangute/Colva/Canacona: The International Beach Clean-up Day was marked by drives held across various beaches in the state. Tourism minister Rohan Khaunte along with dozens of stakeholders collected waste at Calangute beach. Khaunte said the main aim of the drive was to create awareness on keeping the beaches clean, protecting the marine ecological system and ensuring safety of the coastal belt residents.In Salcete, water resources minister Subhash Shirodkar led the drive at Colva beach. Officials from the tourism department, Goa Tourism Development Corporation, Coast Guards, panchayat members, villagers and students formed a human chain before commencing cleaning activities. Benaulim MLA Venzy Viegas was also present.Cavelossim village panchayat roped in the staff of various hotels in the village, Holy Cross School students, fishermen and locals.In Canacona, Patnem-Colomb councillor Shubham Komarpant along with residents of his ward collected huge amounts of garbage from both the beach stretches.Komarpant said that at least 50-60 residents of Patnem-Colomb gathered early in the morning and collected around 30-40 plastic bags.The garbage was handed over to Canacona Municipal Council for disposal, Komarpant said.
Canacona: Following public outcry, the accident-prone road crossing at Colsor-Galgibaga on the Manohar Parrikar Canacona bypass has been closed for works to prevent mishaps. In the three years since the commissioning of the road there have been 15 accidents at the spot, which resulted in two deaths besides leaving several injured.Road contractor M Venkata Rao Infra Project Pvt Ltd is erecting a 22m-long road divider near the Hotel Matashri at Colsar-Galgibaga under the supervision of the PWD (Highways).PWD (Highway) junior engineer Nagraj Adpaikar who is supervising the works said that the contractor is bearing the construction costs. MVR, which has constructed the nearly 8km four lane expressway from Char-Rasta to Mashem, will carry out the maintenance works for four years.Sources said that the original drawings of the expressway had no provision for a road crossing. However, one was made near Hotel Matoshree, which eventually led to the spot becoming accident prone.
CANACONA: Three members of a family died on the spot, and several others injured, following a collision between two cars on the Manohar Parrikar National highway bypass at Rajbag-Tarir, Canacona, Wednesday evening. Police revealed the names of those dead as Ulhas Ram Nagekar, 64, his wife, Veena, 60, and son Harish, 35, all residents of Upasnagar, Vasco. The Nagekars, altogether eight members of the family, were natives of Majali, Karwar, and were travelling in one car. Several others from both vehicles sustained injuries – two among them are learnt to be critical – and are being treated in a hospital, Canacona PI Chandrakant Gawas said. Eyewitnesses told reporters that the driver of one of the cars lost control of the vehicle after it hit the divider, and consequently collided with the oncoming four-wheeler on the other lane. A driver of one of the cars also sustained injuries. A two-wheeler rider who was in front of one of the cars also sustained injuries owing to the impact of the collision, sources said. Incidentally, this is the 7th accident at this spot in recent times, eyewitnesses said. Locals voiced their concern over the frequent accidents that have taken place along this stretch of the highway of late. They pointed out that this was the seventh among the spate of accidents that have occurred at this spot recently. They have demanded that the authorities concerned devise a mechanism to curb accidents at the spot.
MARGAO: Three persons, including a woman, died on the spot following a collision between two cars on Manohar Parrikar National highway bypass at Rajbhag-Tarir, Canacona, Wednesday evening. Several others sustained injuries – two among them are learnt to be critical – and are being treated in a hospital. Eyewitnesses told reporters that the driver of one of the cars involved that was proceeding towards Karwar, lost control after hitting the divider and the four-wheeler collided with an oncoming car on the other lane. A driver of one of the cars also sustained injuries. Incidentally, this is the 7th accident at this spot in recent times, eye witnesses said.
Canacona: Velim MLA Cruz Silva has said that power woes of Velim constituency will soon be resolved as minister Ramkrishna ‘Sudin’ Dhavalikar has assured to install around eight more transformers in the coming three months.“ This is expected to resolve power problems in the constituency. The minister has also assured that all the faulty streetlights will be replaced,” said the legislator. The MLA said that chief minister Pramod Sawant has also agreed to construct a panchayat ghar for Chinchinim-Deussa panchayat.tnn
By- Pritam Chodankar CANACONA/BICHOLIM: The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi sees many families flock to their ancestral homes for the annual celebration. And for some families this results in, believe it or not, hundreds of relatives converging at a time. The Naik Gaonkar family of Agonda sees at least 100 members coming together at the large family home. Performing the aarti together is a big part of the family’s tradition. This year, the 11th generation continued the practice, with the menfolk taking care of the decor and the women preparing the special festive meals. Mahesh Gaonkar, a retired police officer, said the family is spread across the globe in Australia, the UK, and the US as also across Goa, occupying high positions, but never failing to keep up the tradition of celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi at the ancestral home. “As per our family tradition, we also observe ‘navim’ on the second day of Ganesh Chaturthi and bring ‘konnsam’ (sheaves of paddy) and offer it before the idol of Lord Ganesha,” said Sadanand Naik Gaonkar, 75, a retired official from the mamlatdar’s office. The family has a history dating back to 1771. It moved over the years from Nagarcem in the Canacona municipal area to Bokdamoll in Agonda, and later resided at Indrem, also in Agonda. It is understood that the family finally settled at Dessaiwada, where the largest house in Agonda is situated, with its massive courtyard and eight-foot-tall tulsi vrindavan. The Naik Gaonkar family has been based at Dessaiwada for the past 200 years. The Naik Gaonkar house is the only one in the village where all the six tarangas of Shree Mallikarjun are brought and kept for 12 hours during the annual temple festivities. Up north in Bicholim, the Prabhugaonkar family of Piligao sees more than 200 family members gather for Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations. Four rounds of lunches have to be served during the mahaprasad to ensure that all family members have partaken in the blessed meal of the festival. It is during the singing of the aarti that almost all family members participate, giving it the appearance of a synchronised performance. The family members also come together to dance the fugdi and other folk dances during Chaturthi. “We remain scattered throughout the year, but once the Ganesh Chaturthi approaches, the family members are overcome with Chaturthi fervour and come together under any circumstances to observe the festival unitedly,” said a senior member of the family.
Canacona/Bicholim: The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi sees many families flock to their ancestral homes for the annual celebration. And for some families this results in, believe it or not, hundreds of relatives converging at a time.The Naik Gaonkar family of Agonda sees at least 100 members coming together at the large family home. Performing the aarti together is a big part of the family’s tradition. This year, the 11th generation continued the practice, with the menfolk taking care of the decor and the women preparing the special festive meals.Mahesh Gaonkar, a retired police officer, said the family is spread across the globe in Australia, the UK, and the US as also across Goa, occupying high positions, but never failing to keep up the tradition of celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi at the ancestral home.“As per our family tradition, we also observe ‘navim’ on the second day of Ganesh Chaturthi and bring ‘konnsam’ (sheaves of paddy) and offer it before the idol of Lord Ganesha,” said Sadanand Naik Gaonkar, 75, a retired official from the mamlatdar’s office.The family has a history dating back to 1771. It moved over the years from Nagarcem in the Canacona municipal area to Bokdamoll in Agonda, and later resided at Indrem, also in Agonda.It is understood that the family finally settled at Dessaiwada, where the largest house in Agonda is situated, with its massive courtyard and eight-foot-tall tulsi vrindavan. The Naik Gaonkar family has been based at Dessaiwada for the past 200 years.The Naik Gaonkar house is the only one in the village where all the six tarangas of Shree Mallikarjun are brought and kept for 12 hours during the annual temple festivities. Up north in Bicholim, the Prabhugaonkar family of Piligao sees more than 200 family members gather for Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations. Four rounds of lunches have to be served during the mahaprasad to ensure that all family members have partaken in the blessed meal of the festival.It is during the singing of the aarti that almost all family members participate, giving it the appearance of a synchronised performance.The family members also come together to dance the fugdi and other folk dances during Chaturthi.“We remain scattered throughout the year, but once the Ganesh Chaturthi approaches, the family members are overcome with Chaturthi fervour and come together under any circumstances to observe the festival unitedly,” said a senior member of the family.
Canacona: A motorcyclist proceeding from Karnataka to Goa met with an accident on Saturday at Dapot, Maxem, after an oncoming car headed towards Karwar skid on the newly-erected rumblers and dashed against the motorcyclist causing him injuries. Villagers blamed the new rumblers for the accident. Former Loliem-Polem panch Dantan Costa urged the authorities concerned to immediately remove the rumblers.
Canacona: A truck carrying bamboo fell on its side near Bhumipurush temple at Gulem, Canacona, on Tuesday killing one Porama Hutia, 35, who got trapped under the bamboo.Hutia, a native of Assam and a resident of Cabo-de-Rama, Canacona, was among eight labourers in the truck. Another labourer Manom Gam, 18, also a native of Assam, suffered a fracture to his leg . Police said Hutia was taken out from under the bamboos by police and fire services personnel, and shifted to the Canacona CHC where he was declared brought dead by the doctors. His body was shifted to the South Goa district hospital, Margao, for an autopsy.Police said that the truck from Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, was heading to Cabo-de-Rama. “They were to take the bypass route to Agonda road but took a longer route via Gulem. While negotiating a sharp turn, just metres before the Bhumipurush temple, Praveen Passte, 24, the driver, lost control over the vehicle and the truck fell on its side,” police said.
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: With Ganesh Chaturthi fast approching, members of the well-known Chari clan of Iddar in Poinguinim are busy giving final touches to the Ganesh idols at their workshop in the village. The members are following in the footsteps of their ancestors. Around 80 Ganesh idols of varied sizes are being painstakingly painted at their workshop by the Chari brothers with the help of other family members. This is the third generation of the clan working for the pious cause. Idol maker Anand Chari said that the tallest Ganesha idol made at their workshop this year is 10-ft high, while the smaller ones are in the range of 3.5-ft and above. “Five of us are actively involved in this form of art. Family members Rajendra, Jatin, Pankaj and Sujeet are lending him a helping hand. We do not have a set time for our work. Often we work for more than 12 hours per day,” he said. “Since 1990, we have actively taken the task of making Ganesh idols. The orders are placed by the clients one year in advance. We don’t do this work for money, but keeping the 150-year-old tradition alive,” he said. When asked about the source of the clay, Rajendra said that they bring it from Chaudi, Canacona, from a field situated opposite the Canacona Kadamba bus stand. “Once it is sourced, it has to be moulded. All our family members help us in this endeavour. Then the process of sculpting the idols begins,” he said, adding, “An idol needs at least a month’s time to dry. Then the painting work starts. Normally, August is the peak period as painting takes about 15 days.” “We could get our orders even from across the Polem border, but we limit ourselves to only our regular clients,” he said. When TOI asked Anand why they don’t solicit orders from Sarvajanik Ganesh mandals, he said such idols take up a lot of time and they have a high demand from their local clientele. A member of the family said that as years pass by, it is becoming difficult for them to get clay for the idols. The options in the near future would be to source it either from Mandrem in North Goa or Ankola in Karnataka. According to Anand, the handmade idols prepared at their workshop are eco-friendly and 100% biodegradable. However, he regrets ease of availability of idols made of plaster of paris in the market. “Such idols come from Maharashtra at least three months in advance. They are not eco-friendly and their residue remains in water, either getting washed off to faraway places or it lies in the open. It is not conducive for religious beliefs,” he said.
The pandemic has taught people and families to be as self-sufficient and independent as possible, and continuing with this trend, many families have enrolled their younger ones for workshops, held across the state, to learn the art of making clay Ganesha idols. Works of Pure clayMost Goan households bring home clay idols, which are generally eco-friendly and safe. These workshops too encouraged the use of the same medium. “We ensured that the idols were made with pure clay, so that children understand its importance and how it is safe for the environment,” says Apeksha Nadkarni, who held workshops in Vasco and Panaji, with over 50 participants in attendance. The children too seem very enthusiastic to get their hands messy with clay, at these workshops, as Chaitali Morijkar notes, “I’ve always held clay modelling workshops in the past, but when I had the clay Ganesha idol workshop, I noticed a lot of spirit, enthusiasm and dedication among the kids. Many families believe in and worship Lord Ganesha and making his idol with their bare hands was something they found very fascinating. Hence the interest and dedication was apparent.” As part of the Green Ganesha Goa campaign held for kids below 16 years, Kajol Bandodkar held a similar workshop in Mapusa on August 21. “We organised a mud idol making workshop and the response was great, with around 66 participants. We had an expert who trained the young minds and taught them how a Ganesh idol is done, with step-by-step instructions,” says Kajol. Idols of worship, well some of themSeveral families plan their ganesha idols and book them from artisans in advance, but the fact that the children of their households have been working diligently on their art, is not gone into oblivion. Some want to proudly display their child’s handywork too! “Many families are excited about their children participating in workshops, and they plan on keeping the works of art at the worship site. Some plan to keep these clay idols alongside the family idol, as a token of appreciation for the hard work their kids have put in,” says Spana Kabra, who organised a workshop at Parra recently. Immunity building properties of clay make parents happySavita Naik, whose 10-year-old child enjoyed getting his hands dirty, hopes that the activity will help build her son’s immunity. “Post the pandemic, we have been very cautious about what and where our son goes and plays with. Over the last few months, I’ve noticed that he has been falling sick often, and this could be because his immunity is very weak. So we thought that getting his hands muddy might do him good.” Likewise, Manish Kerkar wanted his 12-year-old son to explore sculpting as an art form. “There is nothing better than attending classes where they teach the basics of working with clay and modelling it. Also, as it was for Ganesh Chathurti, he was excited to attend such classes.”
Canacona: Canacona police have issued a safety advisory to the sarvajanik utsav mandals as well as the locals ahead of the Ganesh Chaturthi celebration, which begins from August 31. Canacona PI Chandrakant Gawas has asked the organisers of Ganesh mandals to adhere to all the safety requirements and to install CCTV cameras in the area. They have also been asked to make fire safety provisions and to deploy volunteers to maintain a vigil, coordinate with the police and control devotees. A meeting in this regard was held at the Canacona police station, where the mandals were also directed to follow Covid protocols. The sarvajanik utsav mandals have been directed to keep single entry/exit to avoid any security problems and to make parking space available.The mandals have been asked to obtain NOCs from PWD and to avoid sound pollution.
Canacona: Speaker and Canacona MLA Ramesh Tawadkar has assured Canacona locals of enhancing marketing avenues in the taluka by bringing in investments of over Rs 60 crore under the Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Ltd (TRIFED). He said Canacona has a promising produce of local products but needs a wider market for the benefit of the tribals.After inaugurating the 11-day Swayampurna chaturthi bazaar at Chaudi, Tawadkar said, “We will soon be implementing certain projects under TRIFED by investing around Rs 60 crore, which will benefit more than 1,000 families of Canacona alone.”The local MLA said there are over 500 self-help groups in Canacona, but sadly all were not active. He urged the inactive groups to resume activities and avail of the government benefits.The objective of TRIFED, a central government body, is to promote marketing development for the tribal community. It serves both as a market-developer and a service-provider by supporting the tribal people with tools and training that can help them boost their market and production. Canacona deputy collector Ramesh Gaonkar, Swayampurna Goa state co-ordinator Vinayak Volvoikar and Canacona BDO Anil Naik were present for the inauguration of the Chaturthi bazaar.
CANACONA: The seven village panchayats of Canacona taluka saw six sarpanchs and seven deputy sarpanchs elected unopposed. All panchayats showed their affiliation to the BJP government. In Gaondongrim, Yeshwant ‘Dhillon’ Desai, who has a 30-year experience, was elected sarpanch. Saloni Gaonkar the deputy post. In Khola, Ajay Pagui won the sarpanch post and Krupesh Velip that of the deputy. At Shristhal, Sejjal Purushottam Gaonkar is sarpanch and Shivraj V Naik Deshmukh is his deputy. All seven of the Agonda panchayat members made their political debut in this election. Fatima Rodrigues, 71, and Prettal Fernandes, 25, were elected sarpanch and deputy sarpanch, respectively. At Poinguinim, speaker Ramesh Tawadkar’s wife, Savita, was declared sarpanch. Sunil Shreedhar Paingankar will be her deputy. At Cotigao, Ananda Ganaba Desai and Punamal Chandrakant Gaonkar won the top two posts. Loliem-Polem panchayat elected Pratiza Sachin Bandekar as Sarpanch and Chandrakant Babai Sudhir as deputy sarpanch.
Canacona: The seven village panchayats of Canacona taluka saw six sarpanchs and seven deputy sarpanchs elected unopposed. All panchayats showed their affiliation to the BJP government.In Gaondongrim, Yeshwant ‘Dhillon’ Desai, who has a 30-year experience, was elected sarpanch. Saloni Gaonkar the deputy post.In Khola, Ajay Pagui won the sarpanch post and Krupesh Velip that of the deputy.At Shristhal, Sejjal Purushottam Gaonkar is sarpanch and Shivraj V Naik Deshmukh is his deputy.All seven of the Agonda panchayat members made their political debut in this election. Fatima Rodrigues, 71, and Prettal Fernandes, 25, were elected sarpanch and deputy sarpanch, respectively.At Poinguinim, speaker Ramesh Tawadkar’s wife, Savita, was declared sarpanch. Sunil Shreedhar Paingankar will be her deputy. At Cotigao, Ananda Ganaba Desai and Punamal Chandrakant Gaonkar won the top two posts. Loliem-Polem panchayat elected Pratiza Sachin Bandekar as Sarpanch and Chandrakant Babai Sudhir as deputy sarpanch.
Canacona: As part of the government-supported state-wide Chaturthi bazaars, the public works department (PWD) has erected two pandals in Canacona. While a 90m-long pandal has been set up outside the KTC bus stand at Chaudi, the other has been set up at Poinguinim bazaar, which is 75m long.The state government has decided to organise swayampurna Chaturthi bazaaars across the state and the PWD has reportedly been given the task to erect the pandals. Each taluka has been given Rs 13 lakh each to organise the bazaar, which will be held from August 20 to August 31.Sources said the roofs of the pandals have been covered with tin sheets instead of plastic covers for better protection from rain. Both pandals can accommodate over 35 vendors. The bazaars will have vendors and locals selling a range of matoli items, besides other items required for Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations.
Canacona: Assembly speaker and Canacona MLA Ramesh Tawadkar has gotten his wife Savita’s name approved for the post of Poinguinim sarpanch.Sources said that the local MLA called all the panch-elects from the respective panchayats of Agonda, Cotigao, Poinguinim and Shristhal for a discussion on the formation of a new panchayat body on SaturdayAfter "guiding" and taking feedback from the newly elected panchs, the Tawadkar camp is learnt to have announced the names of the candidates as unanimous choices for the posts of sarpanchs and deputy sarpanchs.A media post from the speaker’s Canacona office stated, “The newly elected panch members of Poinguinim panchayat met the speaker to discuss the newly formed panchayat. It was unanimously decided to propose the name of Savita Tawadkar for the post of the sarpanch and Sunil Paiginkar for the post of deputy sarpanch of Poinguinim panchayat”.At Agonda, Fatima Rodrigues’ name has been proposed for the post of sarpanch and Prettal Fernandes for deputy sarpanch.Anandu Desai’s name has been proposed for Cotigao sarpanch and Punam Gaonkar as his deputy.For Shristhal panchayat, Sejjal Gaonkar has been chosen for the post of sarpanch and Shiva Deshmukh as the deputy sarpanch.Pratija Bandekar and Chandrakant Sudhir have been tipped for the post of sarpanch and deputy sarpanch respectively for Loliem-Polem panchayat. Yeshwant (Dhillon) Dessai, who returned to the Gaondongrim panchayat after 25 years, will file for the post of sarpanch.The names for sarpanch and deputy sarpanch of Khola village panchayat will be finalised on Monday.
CANACONA: Goa Pradesh Congress Committee general secretary Janardhan Bhandari said that Goa’s certification as a ‘Har Ghar Jal’ state was incorrect, and blamed chief minister Pramod Sawant for making wrong claims. “Barring Canacona municipality, none of the seven village panchayats of Canacona taluka has tap connections in entirety,” Bhandari said. Gaondongorim and Cotigao villages do not even have tap water facilities in 50% of the homes, he said. Similar is the situation in the villages of Poinguinim, Loliem-Polem, Shristhal, and Agonda, where several households lack tap water. Goa’s certification, Bhandari said “was a farce, and far from ground reality”. Most of the households that have tap connections, he said, have not seen water flowing through the pipelines, said Bhandari.
Canacona: A Karnataka native, Krishnappa Lokappa Lamani, 27, died by suicide in his rented room at Agonda on Thursday night. Police said the man was suffering from depression due to problems in the family. Police SI Ramchandra Naik who is the investigating officer in the case has registered a case of unnatural death and also ruled out any foul play. It is learnt that the deceased was staying in Agonda with his his wife and two children in a rented house for almost 10 years. He was working at a shop on Agonda beach.
Canacona: The Canacona coast in South Goa has faced continuous sand erosion this monsoon, threatening shacks and structure. While large chunks of sand along the Agonda shore got washed away during high tide, some damage was also noticed at Khola, Palolem, Patnem-Colomb, Galgibaga, Polem and Talpona beaches, fishermen told TOI. Protective and retaining walls erected by private establishments to safeguard their properties from being washed away have been dangerously exposed. Cyclone Tauktae, which hit Goa in May 2021, has caused heavy sand erosion along Agonda coastline and had destroyed many of the beach structures. Beach flora and sand dunes, which otherwise act as protective barriers, were destroyed. These are still missing at Agonda even as some environmentalists say mindless sand excavation is responsible for sand erosion.While residents blame authorities for not safeguarding the Agonda coastline during Tauktae, some landowners have erected concrete walls for their sea-facing properties.Chief engineer, water resources department (WRD), Pramod Badami, said they are keeping a watch on large-scale sand erosion and the battered coastline. He said the team is studying devastation patterns of at least five years and will act accordingly. He added that experts in Pune will visit Goa after Ganesh Chaturti to survey the coastline before suggesting solutions. Major erosion has been noticed along the coastlines of Galgibaga, Talpona, Rajbagh, Patnem, Palolem, Agonda and Khola. Local fishermen say that these beaches are yet to be stabilised and have been inspected by Canacona officials. They also said that many structures close to the shore and fishing boats had been damaged.While the turtle nesting site at Agonda got submerged, the Galgibaga turtle nesting site came dangerously close to being submerged as well. The sand bar between Galgibaga river and Arabian Sea saw more of its sand getting eroded causing the water to rise by more than half a meter.
CANACONA: Canacona municipal council (CMC) chairperson Mario Simon Rebello has resigned as part of a mutual agreement among councillors in the ruling group. Rebello, a councillor from ward 10 (Ourem-Palolem) occupied the top post for more than 16 months. He submitted his resignation to the director of municipal administration (DMA). However, Rebello will continue to hold the post for a period of seven days as per rules. According to the mutual agreement among the ruling councillors, ward 2 councillor Ramakant Naikgaunkar will take over as chairperson for the next 21 months, and will be followed by Sara Desai of ward number 11 for the following 16 months. The remaining six-month term will be held by Laxman Pagui of ward number 12, said councillor Mario Simon Diniz. However, it is learnt that Naikgaunkar will get to officially occupy the post on August 26 following Ganesh Chaturthi. After the 12 ward councillors were elected last year in March, all of them pledged their allegiance to BJP. However, after a few days, seven councillors broke away from then BJP MLA Isidore Fernandes' faction and formed the council with Rebello as chairperson on April 1, 2021, leaving the remaining five out of the ruling panel. The ruling group subsequently agreed to rotate the post of chairperson.
Canacona: The coastal taluka in the south might boast of the world-famous Palolem and Agonda beaches but does not have a system in place to collect non-biodegradable waste. Groups of non-local ragpickers have filled the gap and in the past were seen picking up plastic and dry waste from these beaches. However over the last two years the rag-pickers were not seen as much on beaches and locals welcomed this as they said the groups were a nuisance to tourists.Some villagers are now worried that these groups are being seen again on beaches as well as in villages. Residents from areas like Agonda, Palolem, Talpona think they are blessing since they pick up non-biodegradable waste.A local, Aldrich (name changed), said, “With little or no cleanliness measures in most of our residential areas, it’s a welcome practice for these rag-picking women to pick up rags and pieces including plastics strewn all around in the areas.” Many residents are apprehensive of ragpickers frequenting their areas. They have complained that the ragpickers pick up valuable items kept outside houses or in yards on the pretext of picking up waste. The ragpickers are even chased by locals who said that their valuables have gone missing.One of the women from the ragpickers’ group said, ‘We are not taking away valuables but only pick up things thrown away by people. We pick up plastic bottles and other waste.”While Canacona’s municipal areas have their own garbage collection system, Agonda, Khola, Poinguinim, and Loliem-Polem have area-wise garbage collections. Despite this, many residents continue to dump waste outside their houses or throw it out in isolated open areas.
CANACONA: As part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, a mega Tiranga Mahotsav will be held at Canacona on Saturday. Speaker Ramesh Tawadkar said that celebrations have been planned at the three main state borders of Patradevi, Castlerock and Polem. “The responsibility for the Polem celebration is with Canconcars”, Tawadkar said. “It is equally important that ‘desh bhakti’ is generated amongst all the citizens of our country and that citizens become responsible,” he said, adding that Canacona too, will participate in the nationwide patriotic celebration with fervour. According to organisers, more than 2,000 college and school students will participate in the various programs, some of which are scheduled to be held simultaneously from Polem to Palolem. There are about eight to 10 freedom fighters from the taluka who are still alive. All may not participate in the celebrations, organisers said, as some are living elsewhere in the country and the movement of some others has been limited due to age. As part of the celebration, over 100 students will visit places at Angadi-Majali in the neighbouring Karwar district of Karnataka where once the Azad Gomantak Dal and Goa National Congress fought for freedom. Principal of the Shree Mallikarjun College and program in-charge, Manoj Kamat, said that Tawadkar will welcome the torch-bearing contingent that will light a torch at Polem following which school students will sing patriotic songs and a march past will be held. There will also be a street play and Run for Tiranga competition. The Tiranga Mahotsav is being jointly celebrated by the directorate of higher education in association with the Shree Mallikarjun College and the deputy collector (Canacona) supported by the directorate of education and Taluka Level Steering Committee (TLSC).