Goa Ponda News

40 yrs before Liberation, Mallikarjun institute stoked Liceum revolution
Times of India | 3 days ago | |
Times of India
3 days ago | |

Margao/Canacona: Forty years before Goa’s Liberation, a group of young people from Canacona aspired to have the intellectually liberating force of Liceum (higher secondary education) spread to the southern-most taluka.Their mission fructified on December 28, 1922, with the establishment of Centro Promotor de Instrucao de Canacona or Centre for Promotion of Education of Canacona (CPI). On September 3, 1923, the initiative got the stamp of approval from the then governor of Portuguese Goa, Dr Jaime Alberto De Castro Moraes. The CPI’s Institute Liceal Shree Mallikarjun, which later evolved into Shree Mallikarjun High School and Higher Secondary School, is celebrating its centennial year of inception.Governor P S Sreedharan Pillai will inaugurate the year-long celebration of the institution on Saturday.“That was a time when students of Canacona had to travel to Ponda using antiquated transport facilities,” said Vikas Desai, a former president of the institution. “They had to travel by bullock cart to Sanvordem via Quepem. From Sanvordem, they had to board a ‘vapor’ (ferry boat) that would take them across to Durbhat, from where they had to walk a few miles to the school.”In 1918-19, the influenza pandemic broke out which claimed the life of a young lad from Canacona. Struck by fear, the people of Canacona didn’t let their children travel to Ponda to school. “Fortuitously,” added Desai, “that led to the setting up of the institution.” Somnath Komarpant, a writer and former head of the department of Marathi, Goa University, is among the alumni of the school. Reminiscing about the days spent in the school soon after Liberation, Komarpant said that the school functioned from a structure sans walls and covered by tarpaulin sheets. The facilities were rudimentary. “But the dedication of our teachers was legendary,” said Komarpant, who made a special mention of his principal, H R Prabhu and Nayak Sir from Sadolxem, Kanta Bhaireli, Nanda Gaitonde and others. “Nayak Sir had to cross the river on a canoe to come to the school. And often when the only boatman was unavailable, Nayak Sir would himself row the canoe using a bamboo stick as an oar,” Komarpant said. “Such was his humility that he would bow to the students in his peculiar style soon after entering the classroom.” Expressing his gratitude to the school for sowing among the students the seeds of nationalism, Komarpant said he owes it to his teachers for “making a man” out of him.

40 yrs before Liberation, Mallikarjun institute stoked Liceum revolution
Traffic fines jump by Rs 1.2 crore in Ponda under new MV Act
Times of India | 3 weeks ago | |
Times of India
3 weeks ago | |

PONDA: The revised fines under the new Motor Vehicles (MV) Act have not slowed down traffic violations in Ponda. The traffic cell in the temple town has earned Rs 1.9 crore from 44,925 traffic violations during 2022, a rise of Rs 1.2 crore from the previous year. In 2021, it had earned Rs 71 lakh from 56,988 motorists. In 2020, the cell had collected Rs 65 lakh from 54,625 violators, states the data maintained by the Ponda traffic police cell.Despite the hike in fines, dangerous roadside parking has failed to subside across Ponda. The number of such offenders in 2022 remains similar to that of 2021. A total of 7,193 motorists were fined for parking at risky places between January 1 and December 31, 2022, as against 7,278 cases in 2021. Ponda traffic police cell has netted Rs 23.6 lakh from the defaulting motorists. Ponda traffic PI Krishna Sinari attributed the reason behind more amount to hike in traffic violation fines.On a positive note, there has been an increase in people wearing seat belts. In 2022, 3,551 motorists were found driving vehicles without a seat belt as against 8,578 in 2021.In 2022, police had traced 3,609 vehicles with no proper registration number plates and 1,008 vehicles had no number plates. In 2021, 4,120 motorists were spotted with either improper number plates and 1,290 vehicles were found driving without number plates.A total of 158 motorists were found riding in rash and negligent manner as against 509 in 2021. The number of motorists using mobile phones while driving was less in 2021 at 107 violations as against 218 in 2022.

Traffic fines jump by Rs 1.2 crore in Ponda under new MV Act
  • Traffic fines jump by Rs 1.2cr in Ponda under new MV Act
  • Times of India

    Ponda: The revised fines under the new Motor Vehicles (MV) Act have not slowed down traffic violations in Ponda. The traffic cell in the temple town has earned Rs 1.9 crore from 44,925 traffic violations during 2022, a rise of Rs 1.2 crore from the previous year. In 2021, it had earned Rs 71 lakh from 56,988 motorists. In 2020, the cell had collected Rs 65 lakh from 54,625 violators, states the data maintained by the Ponda traffic police cell.Despite the hike in fines, dangerous roadside parking has failed to subside across Ponda. The number of such offenders in 2022 remains similar to that of 2021. A total of 7,193 motorists were fined for parking at risky places between January 1 and December 31, 2022, as against 7,278 cases in 2021. Ponda traffic police cell has netted Rs 23.6 lakh from the defaulting motorists. Ponda traffic PI Krishna Sinari attributed the reason behind more amount to hike in traffic violation fines.On a positive note, there has been an increase in people wearing seat belts. In 2022, 3,551 motorists were found driving vehicles without a seat belt as against 8,578 in 2021.In 2022, police had traced 3,609 vehicles with no proper registration number plates and 1,008 vehicles had no number plates. In 2021, 4,120 motorists were spotted with either improper number plates and 1,290 vehicles were found driving without number plates.A total of 158 motorists were found riding in rash and negligent manner as against 509 in 2021. The number of motorists using mobile phones while driving was less in 2021 at 107 violations as against 218 in 2022.

Ponda’s Rs 33 crore sewage plant misses another deadline
Times of India | 4 weeks ago | |
Times of India
4 weeks ago | |

PONDA: A review meeting of key stakeholders was held on December 2 to expedite the pending work and to commission the sewage treatment plant (STP) at Kapileshwari, Ponda, by December-end. However, with the new year already in, the deadline for the critical infrastructure in Ponda has been missed yet again.Managing director of the Sewage Infrastructure Development Corporation of Goa Ltd (SIDCGL) Amar Vazirani said that the delay was due to pending tests of 'some mechanical equipment'. The plant will be commissioned as soon as the tests are completed, he added. With the work of a major manhole on the Khadapabandh link road at Tisk, Ponda, incomplete, SIDCGL was looking to partly commission the plant by the year-end. Deputy manager of SIDCGL Pradip Gaude said that since the construction of the manhole on Khadapabandh link road was not completed, they would have to keep the Khadapabandh area on hold till the manhole was fully constructed. "Of the 54km network, 2km is incomplete due to the manhole," Gaude said. "The 15-MLD sewage treatment plant is built at a cost of Rs 33 crore and will treat sewage and other domestic effluents from 14 wards of the Ponda Municipal Council, the area surrounding Kamaxi Higher Secondary School at Curti and part of Kavlem panchayat," he said.The plant has missed several dates of commissioning. During early 2020, chief minister Pramod Sawant had announced that the project could be commissioned by mid-2020 but the work was delayed due to the pandemic. The plant is expected to free nullahs in Ponda of pollutants from domestic effluents by dwellings situated on the banks of the nullah. The nullah which was once a lifeline of Ponda, Kavlem, and Bandora has been contaminated due to effluents which have reached a dangerous level.

Ponda’s Rs 33 crore sewage plant misses another deadline
Vargao villagers confront armed poachers, send them packing
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

Keri: The villagers of Vargao in Ponda taluka recently took it upon themselves to stop poaching activities in their area. Not only did they unitedly confront the poachers, but they also alerted the forest department officials about the illegal activity.Vargao and Khandola have large tracts of forested land and plateaus where sambar, mouse deer, wild boar, monitor lizards, and rabbits thrive. Of late, the villagers had begun noticing that these animals were being hunted for their meat and, in the case of monitor lizards, for their skin, meat, and blood. Locals said that they saw poachers coming with guns for many days and that, on Monday night, they decided to take it upon themselves to stop the illegal activity. The Vargao villagers got together, stopped the poachers, and issued them a stern warning. They also got the poachers to promise that they would never return to Vargao for poaching purposes again. They then contacted deputy conservator of forests, north division, Jiss Varkey, who assured to send his personnel to patrol the area to discourage poaching. “This incident is a very good example of how people can stop poaching. When government bodies fail to take action or safeguard wildlife from poachers, locals have to take things into their own hands. Sometimes, I think initiatives of the forest department, like anti-poaching mobile squads, are just on paper,” said Charan Desai, a wildlife enthusiast from Ponda.He alleged that poaching is allowed to happen due to political pressure and other vested interests.The Vargao villagers got together, stopped the poachers, and issued them a stern warning. They also got the poachers to promise that they would never return to Vargao for poaching again

Vargao villagers confront armed poachers, send them packing
Ambe-Dhulay bandhara augments Opa water works storage by 1.5 lakh cubic meter in Goa
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

PONDA: The newly constructed bandhara at Ambe-Dhulay in Dharbandora taluka will add 1.5 lakh cubic meter (cum) water to the Opa water works storage. The 24 bandharas on Khandepar river will now collectively store 35.32 lakh cum water, which will be used during the summer when the river's water level dips.WRD Minister Subhash Shirodkar inaugurated the bandhara on May 20.The Ambe-Dhulay project is unique in that it is a bandhara-cum-footbridge. It connects the village of Ambe-Dhulay to Dabal. Residents of Ambe-Dhulay had been awaiting the project for over 40 years. The villagers used to cross the river by creating a temporary floating bridge by tying wooden planks to empty airtight barrels. However, this makeshift bridge could only be used in the winter and summer months. During the monsoon, they would be forced to travel by road, a distance of six kilometres, to Dabal.The idea for the footbridge was mooted by Sanvordem MLA Ganesh Gaonkar.The 71m-long bandhara-cum-footbridge is 8.5m-high and 2.6m -wide. The Rs 5 crore bandhara was planned to augment water to the Opa water treatment plant during the summer and to meet irrigation needs. It will also help recharge groundwater.The actual work for the project commenced in December 2018 and was expected to be completed by November 2019. However, the work was completed in May 2022, and the bandhara filled to capacity last week.

Ambe-Dhulay bandhara augments Opa water works storage by 1.5 lakh cubic meter in Goa
  • Ambe-Dhulay bandhara augments Opa water works storage by 1.5L cum
  • Times of India

    Ponda: The newly constructed bandhara at Ambe-Dhulay in Dharbandora taluka will add 1.5 lakh cubic meter (cum) water to the Opa water works storage. The 24 bandharas on Khandepar river will now collectively store 35.32 lakh cum water, which will be used during the summer when the river’s water level dips.WRD Minister Subhash Shirodkar inaugurated the bandhara on May 20.The Ambe-Dhulay project is unique in that it is a bandhara-cum-footbridge. It connects the village of Ambe-Dhulay to Dabal. Residents of Ambe-Dhulay had been awaiting the project for over 40 years. The villagers used to cross the river by creating a temporary floating bridge by tying wooden planks to empty airtight barrels. However, this makeshift bridge could only be used in the winter and summer months. During the monsoon, they would be forced to travel by road, a distance of six kilometres, to Dabal.The idea for the footbridge was mooted by Sanvordem MLA Ganesh Gaonkar.The 71m-long bandhara-cum-footbridge is 8.5m-high and 2.6m -wide. The Rs 5 crore bandhara was planned to augment water to the Opa water treatment plant during the summer and to meet irrigation needs. It will also help recharge groundwater.The actual work for the project commenced in December 2018 and was expected to be completed by November 2019. However, the work was completed in May 2022, and the bandhara filled to capacity last week.

L&T begins repairing Atal Setu, work to be completed in four months
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

Panaji: Construction conglomerate Larsen & Toubro Ltd (L&T) has kick started the process to rectify the frequent potholes that erupt on the Atal Setu. L&T, which built the bridge for Rs 546 crore, will remove all the asphalt and tar on the bridge and replace it with a fresh layer of bitumen, a process that will take at least four months, said Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC) officials.GSIDC has closed the Ponda Porvorim ramp for traffic to enable L&T to remove the present asphalt layer. Around mid January, GSIDC will partially close Atal Setu so that work can start on the main part of the bridge.“IIT Madras has recommended that the entire asphalt that has been laid has to be removed, including the membrane because it is not appropriate for Goa’s climate. It has asked us to use the traditional method to hotmix the roads,” said a GSIDC official.The traditional method involves putting a layer of mastic asphalt, which is considered to be reliable with a long and proven track record in road construction. The Ponda Panaji arm of the Atal Setu, which is yet to be opened for the traffic, will also be completed and opened up for use, GSIDC officials said.Hastily inaugurated in January 2019, the Atal Setu remains incomplete and has become an expensive liability for L&T. With a five-year defect liability period in place, L&T will foot the bill for the current repairs.GSIDC had written to the North Goa collector for permission to repair Atal Setu from December 1, but the permission was kept on hold due to the arrival of the Prime Minister. “The entire bridge will not be shut for four months. We will close just one lane of traffic each time and traffic will be allowed to use the other lane,” the GSIDC engineer said. The recurring potholes on the bridge created a headache for motorists, traffic police and GSIDC officials. Several motorists have met with accidents after swerving to avoid potholes. Goa police subsequently imposed speed restrictions of 50 kmph.“This is the peak tourism season and we don’t want to create inconvenience. Once the number of tourists in the state reduces in January, we will start work on the entire bridge,” said the GSIDC official.

L&T begins repairing Atal Setu, work to be completed in four months
RSS national executive committee meeting in Goa in January, Mohan Bhagwat to address meet
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

PANAJI: The RSS will hold its three-day national executive committee meeting in Goa from January 4 to 6 at Nageshi, Ponda. RSS sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat will chair the meeting to discuss various issues pertaining to the country and chalk out strategies. Apart from Bhagwat, several top RSS leaders will be in Goa for “brainstorming”. On January 7, the Sangh will hold a massive meeting at Campal. The RSS will invite industrialists, environmentalists, social activists, prominent people, businessmen, doctors, and advocates to attend it. Bhagwat will address the Campal meeting to guide swayamsevaks. It will be attended by around 80 RSS brass, and the national executive will have discussions on social, economic, cultural, educational, political, and religious issues. The RSS holds a national executive meeting every two years. The national presidents of 17 RSS satellite organisations, including BJP, ABVP, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Vidhya Bharati, and Kalyan Ashram, among others, will also be in attendance. An RSS leader said that when the leaders of 17 RSS organisations are attending, burning issues like conversion and ghar vapsi are likely to be discussed. He said that the RSS and BJP leaders may discuss political issues. This is the first big RSS meeting in Goa after its state unit was split following the removal of former state RSS chief Subhash Velingkar. The senior RSS leader said that the public meet has been addressed so that karyakartas and other prominent people get a chance to listen to Bhagwat and understand the organisation’s ideology. The RSS will make arrangements for around 7,000 people to attend the address.

RSS national executive committee meeting in Goa in January, Mohan Bhagwat to address meet
No-trust against Ponda civic body chairperson fizzles out
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

Ponda: With no councillor, including those who had issued notice, turning up, a motion of no-trust against Ponda Municipal Council (PMC) Ritesh Naik fizzled out on Friday. Following a notice of no-trust motion signed by eight members of the council, the director of municipal administration had summoned a special meeting on Friday to discuss and vote on the motion.Ponda deputy collector Sitaram Sawal, who was present as the presiding officer, declared the motion fizzled out.It could be perhaps a lone example in the history of Goa’s municipal councils that a similar motion moved against two different chairpersons of the same council has fizzled out within 14 months.It may be recalled that a similar motion propelled by the BJP-backed group against then chairperson Shantaram Kolvenkar on October 4, 2021, had fizzled out after no councillor was turned up for the meeting. Interestingly, Kolvenkar had wrested the post about four months ago by defeating Naik.In the present case, eight councilors of the 15-member council had joined hands to oust the agriculture minister’s son. Those who had signed the notice include GFP-backed Venkatesh Naik, MGP-backed Amina Naik, Geetali Talaulikar, Jaya Sawant, Seema Fernandes and Pradep Naik, Congress-backed William Aguiar and independent Kolvenkar.However, in a later development, Kolvenkar joined the BJP camp raising the strength of the Ritesh group to eight against seven opponents, including one of GFP, five of MGP and one Congress-backed councillor.

No-trust against Ponda civic body chairperson fizzles out
Rohan Khaunte moots spiritual circuit, homestays to boost rural economies in Goa
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

PANAJI: In an effort to promote hinterland tourism, the government intends to start a spiritual circuit in Goa, offering tourists a peek into remote temples in Ponda, Canacona and Sattari. Making this announcement, tourism minister Rohan Khaunte said that a homestay policy could be formulated linking the remote villages with the religious shrines that are part of the spiritual circuit. Khaunte, speaking at an awareness programme for waste management, said that Tambdi Surla and the Shri Mallikarjuna temple remain relatively unknown to tourists. “Goa used to be called the Kashi of the south, but today we have become so westernised that we can recognise the music playing at 1am and 2am but nobody knows about the 7pm aarti,” Khaunte said. He said that a homestay policy is already being drafted and will be released in the coming two months. “Through this policy...people who have an extra room, an extra floor or home, can give it to the foreign or an Indian tourist so they will come to learn our culture. This will benefit the rural economy,” Khaunte said. “Tourists go to Old Goa, Shantadurga and Mangueshi and that is the only Goa they see. From the Portuguese period, why did more temples come up in Ponda. The importance of the temple at Tambdi Surla and Saptakoteshwar...nobody knows this,” he added. The tourism minister also stressed on community living in rural parts of Goa. He said that Goans need to look with a long term vision for their future.

Rohan Khaunte moots spiritual circuit, homestays to boost rural economies in Goa
  • Khaunte moots spiritual circuit, homestays to boost rural economies
  • Times of India

    Panaji: In an effort to promote hinterland tourism, the government intends to start a spiritual circuit in Goa, offering tourists a peek into remote temples in Ponda, Canacona and Sattari. Making this announcement, tourism minister Rohan Khaunte said that a homestay policy could be formulated linking the remote villages with the religious shrines that are part of the spiritual circuit.Khaunte, speaking at an awareness programme for waste management, said that Tambdi Surla and the Shri Mallikarjuna temple remain relatively unknown to tourists.“Goa used to be called the Kashi of the south, but today we have become so westernised that we can recognise the music playing at 1am and 2am but nobody knows about the 7pm aarti,” Khaunte said. He said that a homestay policy is already being drafted and will be released in the coming two months.“Through this policy...people who have an extra room, an extra floor or home, can give it to the foreign or an Indian tourist so they will come to learn our culture. This will benefit the rural economy,” Khaunte said.“Tourists go to Old Goa, Shantadurga and Mangueshi and that is the only Goa they see. From the Portuguese period, why did more temples come up in Ponda. The importance of the temple at Tambdi Surla and Saptakoteshwar...nobody knows this,” he added.The tourism minister also stressed on community living in rural parts of Goa. He said that Goans need to look with a long term vision for their future.

Ponda man held for circulating child porn
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

Panaji: Goa police on Tuesday arrested a 35-year-old Ponda resident, Gajendra Tadadiker, for allegedly circulating child pornographic material on social media. Since the last couple of days, they had been keeping a close watch on IP addresses accessing child pornographic sites.“When tracking the IP addresses of those repeatedly visiting child pornographic sites, we identified seven locations where such activities were taking place. Accordingly, a team consisting of cybercrime, crime branch and district police was formed and searches were conducted at seven locations across the state,” crime branch superintendent of police (SP) Nidhin Valsan said.He said that out of seven IP addresses, they did not find anyone at five locations, but the team found persons at Panaji and Ponda. During the inquiry, no child pornographic material was found with the person at Panaji, but they found evidence against the Ponda resident.“When we checked Tadadiker’s browser history, we found him visiting child pornography sites and also found evidence of him transmitting the same. The accused used to share child pornographic material on Facebook and had been blocked,” Valsan said.As part of cyber patrolling, the cybercrime police are keeping a watch over illegal activities by cyber criminals. In September, CBI had conducted a search at one location in Goa in connection with two cases related to downloading and circulation of child sexual abuse material. However, they did not get any evidence against the person. The search was part of the nationwide crackdown at around 59 locations.

Ponda man held for circulating child porn