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Goa: As Mopa airport gets ready, property rates will take off
Times of India | 3 weeks ago | |
Times of India
3 weeks ago | |

PANAJI: Once completed, the greenfield international airport at Mopa will shoot up property prices around the airport due to the strong demand for housing and resorts in North Goa’s hinterland belt, said real estate advisory firm 360 Realtors. While real estate and rental yields particularly around Mopa, Arambol, Assagao and Siolim have already surged, a fresh spike is expected once the airport commences operations, say property advisors. The demand for real estate is going to be triggered by hospitality projects, premium homes and wellness resorts with investments pouring in from Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Chennai and Punjab. Research conducted by 360 Realtors indicates that close to 10% of the new hotel inventory in Goa will be situated around the airport that GMR Goa International Airport Limited will operate. This translates into roughly 1,500 new hotel rooms by 2030. “The North Goan region is a hotbed for real estate activities as the demand is continuously going upwards for villas, luxury cottages, second homes and premium apartments. Buyers from Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Chennai, and other locations have traditionally pivoted to Goa to own second homes and holiday home properties. The market will further get a thrust with the advent of Mopa airport,” said founder and managing director of 360 Realtors Ankit Kansal. Mopa airport is expected to bring North Goa’s Morjim, Anjuna, and Vagator beaches into greater focus, which are already “highly desirable” amongst domestic and international tourists. Siolim, Assagao, Mapusa, Alto Porvorim and other prime residential areas will also see appreciation in prices along with Malvan, Sindhudurg, and Ratnagiri across the border, says Kansal. The Goa government kick started construction of the Mopa airport project in mid-2016. With an initial passenger capacity of 4.4 million per annum, the airport will help decongest Goa International Airport at Dabolim. At the same time, it is going to drive investment up north in the tiny coastal state. Property consultants expect that the rising popularity of remote work culture coupled with the availability of affordable property options will make North Goa a favourite destination amongst the high and mid-income Indian households. Many working professionals and entrepreneurs have shifted from Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, and Hyderabad to North Goa. “The Indian HNIs and affluent class have always taken special pride in owning a row house or villa in Goa,” says the research report. “The North Goa region is an emerging real estate destination, drawing the attention of buyers in big volumes. The region is transforming into a bustling farmhouse, second homes, and a concept living destination as well.” Recently, the town and country planning department has released draft construction and building regulations that liberalise the norms for farm houses, film cities and wellness resorts. The 360 Realtors research report expects that around 250 offices with a total area of 10,000sqm will come up in the vicinity of the airport along with an auditorium, museum and convention centre. “Average property prices in North Goa and the nearby Konkan region will also steeply rise mostly in the range of 25-30% annually,” said the research report. “The current rental yields are in the range of 4.1- 7.2%. After the commencement of the airport, it will also increase significantly.”

Goa: As Mopa airport gets ready, property rates will take off
Goa: ‘5 lakh trees planted at Mopa have 75% chance at survival’
Times of India | 3 months ago | |
Times of India
3 months ago | |

PANAJI: Compensatory afforestation of five lakh trees was completed at Mopa and surrounding areas within four years, before the five-year target set by the Supreme Court. The survival rate of the trees planted has been found to be 75% in a recent study, civil aviation director Suresh Shanbhogue said on Sunday. "Mopa airport is one project where when we were told to plant five lakh saplings, we didn't know how to go about it and an affidavit was given in the SC. When I mentioned this to Goa State Biodiversity Board (GSBB) member secretary Pradip Sarmokadam, he asked me not to worry saying 'we will do it through the board'. You will be surprised that the target was achieved within four years," Shanbhogue said after the presentation of the State Biodiversity Conservation Awards 2022. He said that his department will provide land for a biodiversity conservatory just outside the airport at Mopa. "We saw a lot of criticism and comments on social media on whether the trees were actually planted, but if anyone wants to see, Sarmokadam has a complete record of where the saplings have been planted. We have given an independent body the task of carrying out a study and it has just been completed. They have come out with a survival rate of 75%. As a department we will work to see that trees are planted as per the mortality rate," Shanbhogue said. He said space and support will also be provided for a centre at Mopa airport to promote GSBB created brand of organic local products made by local women 'GoVan'. Goa is a highly sensitive state in terms of biodiversity and there has to be a balance between development and biodiversity conservation,he said. Of the nine wetlands notified across the country, seven are in Goa under the central government's wetland norms, Sarmokadam said. ICAR-Central Coastal Agricultural Research Institute, Goa, director Parveen Kumar said his organisation has been working to save local rice varieties from going extinct. Goan rice varieties are tasty and highly resistant to water logging and therefore need to be conserved, he said.

Goa: ‘5 lakh trees planted at Mopa have 75% chance at survival’
  • 5 lakh trees planted at Mopa have 75% chance at survival
  • Times of India

    Panaji: Compensatory afforestation of five lakh trees was completed at Mopa and surrounding areas within four years, before the five-year target set by the Supreme Court. The survival rate of the trees planted has been found to be 75% in a recent study, civil aviation director Suresh Shanbhogue said on Sunday. “Mopa airport is one project where when we were told to plant five lakh saplings, we didn’t know how to go about it and an affidavit was given in the SC. When I mentioned this to Goa State Biodiversity Board (GSBB) member secretary Pradip Sarmokadam, he asked me not to worry saying ‘we will do it through the board’. You will be surprised that the target was achieved within four years,” Shanbhogue said after the presentation of the State Biodiversity Conservation Awards 2022. He said that his department will provide land for a biodiversity conservatory just outside the airport at Mopa. “We saw a lot of criticism and comments on social media on whether the trees were actually planted, but if anyone wants to see, Sarmokadam has a complete record of where the saplings have been planted. We have given an independent body the task of carrying out a study and it has just been completed. They have come out with a survival rate of 75%. As a department we will work to see that trees are planted as per the mortality rate,” Shanbhogue said. He said space and support will also be provided for a centre at Mopa airport to promote GSBB created brand of organic local products made by local women ‘GoVan’. Goa is a highly sensitive state in terms of biodiversity and there has to be a balance between development and biodiversity conservation,he said. Of the nine wetlands notified across the country, seven are in Goa under the central government’s wetland norms, Sarmokadam said. ICAR-Central Coastal Agricultural Research Institute, Goa, director Parveen Kumar said his organisation has been working to save local rice varieties from going extinct. Goan rice varieties are tasty and highly resistant to water logging and therefore need to be conserved, he said.

Not in the habit of grabbing jobs for my constituents: CM
Times of India | 3 months ago | |
Times of India
3 months ago | |

Panaji: Chief minister Pramod Sawant said on Wednesday that he is “not in the habit” of grabbing jobs for his constituency alone, and said that 100% of the jobs at Mopa International Airport have gone to people from that part of Pernem taluka. Sawant was responding to comments about rumours of Mopa airport jobs having gone to residents of Sanquelim. “It is wrong. Till date, more than 500 youth have been permanently employed, 100% of them are from Pernem. I have verified it. Around 200 firemen stationed there are also all Pednekars. We will be handing over their appointment letters one of these days,” Sawant said. The CM said that the Ayush hospital coming up in Pernem is expected to be functional by July, while the Mopa airport project will be ready for use by August 15. The National Institute for Watersports will be inaugurated by the end of the year, Sawant said. “Goa has benefited to the tune of Rs 74.7 crore under the national scheme to upgrade primary health centres,” he said on completion of eight years of BJP running the Union government. “The Ayushman Bharat insurance scheme has benefitted over 21,000 persons and people have got benefits to the tune of Rs 33 crore. Under the PM housing scheme, people in Goa have received benefits of up to Rs 67 crore in urban areas and Rs 23 crore in rural areas.” He also said that under the PM Kisan Nidhi Scheme, 11,800 farmers in Goa have received Rs 6,000 directly in their account. Also, 147 farmers from Goa have registered so far for the farmer pension, the CM said. State BJP president Sadanand Shet Tanavade said that from June 4 to 15, awareness about state and central government schemes will be created in Goa. “Garib Kalyan Melava will be held in each constituency. The CM, Union minister Shripad Naik, senior functionary Vinay Tendulkar and MLAs will participate in the melavas,” he said.

Not in the habit of grabbing jobs for my constituents: CM
31 Goan candidates complete course for Mopa airport job
Navhind Times | 4 months ago | |
Navhind Times
4 months ago | |

They will be absorbed into position of aircraft rescue and firefightingPanaji: Altogether 31 Goan candidates, including two girls, selected for the position of aircraft rescue and firefighting at the Mopa Greenfield International Airport, recently completed their basic firefighting course at the Raibareli-based Rajiv Gandhi National Aviation University.These candidates also participated in the passing out parade. They will be inducted into the service at Mopa airport as soon as the first phase of the airport is commissioned later this year.Director of civil aviation Suresh Shanbhogue, speaking to ‘The Navhind Times’, on Tuesday, said that more recruited Goan staff has also been sent to Hyderabad for training in baggage screening.“The work of the first phase of the airport is almost 80% complete and we are certain of completing the first phase on schedule, as the airport is proposed to be inaugurated on August 15, 2022, commemorating the 75 years of Independence of India,” he stated.Speaking further, Shanbhogue said that the runway at the new airport is ready and the Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower as well as the ATC technical building has been handed over to the Airport Authority of India, and the AAI has commenced the process of putting up installations. “Furthermore, some external work of the ATC tower is still being carried out,” he noted.The director of civil aviation informed that the passenger terminal building is ready and its interior work is presently in progress. “Furthermore, the process of providing connectivity between the passenger terminal building/ apron area and the runway is in full swing,” he stated.Shanbhogue informed that the estimated budget of the airport has increased due to the court matters as well as the corona pandemic. “A new revised budget has already been prepared, with an increase from `1,900 crore to `2,615 crore, due to time overrun of 724 days,” he mentioned, pointing out, “We lost 634 days due to court restrictions, while 90 days due to pandemic.”Shanbhogue also said that the work of expressway near the airport has long started.Meanwhile, Minister for Tourism Rohan Khaunte has stressed on the need for a consolidated and comprehensive plan to attract more visitors to Goa after the commissioning of the first phase of the Mopa airport. He made this observation during a review meeting attended by the GMR representatives and officials of the tourism department.Khaunte stated that there is a need to create facilities and services to attract high-spending tourists, private jets, freight movement and chartered flights. “We need to look at how we can increase revenue and contribute to the GDP; if the GMR airport gets its things right, then it will be a game-changer,” he added.

31 Goan candidates complete course for Mopa airport job
Dabolim airport to be cargo hub
Times of India | 5 months ago | |
Times of India
5 months ago | |

Vasco: Transport minister Mauvin Godinho on Saturday said the state government has plans to make Goa a ‘logistics hub’. He also elaborated on the government’s plans to convert the Goa International Airport at Dabolim into a cargo hub in the near future. Speaking to reporters, Godinho said that locals were worried that after the commissioning of the Mopa airport, the airport at Dabolim would lose its relevance. “I can safely say that the Dabolim airport will give the Mopa airport stiff competition. The former has recently been modernised at a cost of Rs 450 crore while an additional Rs 250 crore is being utilised for its expansion,” the Dabolim MLA said. Since the Mopa International Airport is bigger than its Dabolim counterpart, it will accommodate jumbo aircrafts, and a facility for repairs of aircrafts will also be made available there, he said. Godinho also said that the state needs a ‘multi-model’ hub on the lines of Singapore, Dubai and other such countries that are equipped with infrastructure to handle container cargo on a bigger scale. “A facility like this will open up a whole lot of new job opportunities and Goan youth will not need to move out of the state to hunt for jobs,” the transport minister said.

Dabolim airport to be cargo hub
  • Dabolim airport finally gets nod for multi-level car park
  • Navhind Times

    The building has a capacity of 565 vehiclesVasco: The Dabolim airport has finally been given the permission by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security to operate a multi-level car parking.Confirming this, director of the Dabolim airport Gagan Malik said, “Now that we have been given the permission to operate the multi-level car parking, we will inaugurate the building within this month.”The building housing the car parking has a capacity to park around 565 cars. Though built around 6-7 years back, the multi-level car parking was not operational, as the permission was awaited.It may be noted that the go-ahead was not being granted to the multi-level car parking due to security reasons, as it is located adjacent to the terminal building and the runway. The much-awaited nod will now finally help decongest the present parking at the airport.Malik said, “Goa’s airport is the third largest in handling flights and passengers in the country. From October to mid-Feb, the Dabolim airport had been very busy in handling flights. It has been a record in the history of Goa that we even handled 102 scheduled domestic flights and eight non-scheduled domestic flights, with a total of 110 domestic flights in a day.”Malik also said that as per the rules, every airport must make arrangements for various modes of transport for the comfort of the passengers. “Working on these lines and after holding brief discussions with the Kadamba Transport Corporation (KTC), we have started Kadamba buses with a nominal fare,” he said.

GSEIAA closes complaint against Mopa airport project
Navhind Times | 5 months ago | |
Navhind Times
5 months ago | |

Says decision taken as nothing justifiable foundPanaji: The Goa State Environment Impact Assessment Authority (GSEIAA) has closed a complaint filed against the Mopa international airport. The complaint claimed destruction of forest and wildlife due to construction of the airport and the link road at Tulaskarwada village in Pernem taluka.The GSEIAA had received the complaint alleging destruction of forest and animals that fall under the endemic species. Following this, the GSEIAA asked the chief engineer for the National Highways to confirm whether any environmental clearance was obtained for the project.“As per the reply received from the chief engineer for National Highways, it is informed that the environmental clearance including for the link road to the Mopa airport has been obtained by the Directorate of Civil Aviation in 2015. As there is nothing justifiable in the complaint, it has been decided to drop the matter,” GSEIAA said in its recently held meeting.The first phase of construction of the airport at Mopa is expected to be completed and commissioned by August 2022.The project has even faced a stop-work order issued by the Varkhand-Nagzar village panchayat against the link road to the airport. The stop-work order was later withdrawn by the director of panchayats recently stating that the project without a road would be of no use.On the status of works underway for the Mopa airport, the state’s director of Civil Aviation, Dr. Suresh Shanbhogue, had said last month that the new airport has provisions for two runways and parallel taxiways with both the runaways having a total capacity of 30 million passengersper annum.“One of the runways is almost ready while the parallel taxiway is getting ready. The air traffic controller (ATC) tower is also complete except for the glass façade which is under construction. The ATC tower will be handed over to the Airports Authority of India (AAI) by April 30, this year, while the technical building is already complete and handed over to the AAI,” he had said.On the airport’s infrastructure for exports, he had said the airport will have animal quarantine and certification service, air cargo connectivity to major cities in India and major international trans-shipment zones – Dubai, Singapore and Hamburg.Furthermore, the airport will promote exports among foreign clients visiting Goa through the chartered flights. The cargo terminal at the Mopa airport is expected to cater to exporters from Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra.

GSEIAA closes complaint against Mopa airport project
Green body seeks details on tree plantations at Mopa airport site
Times of India | 5 months ago | |
Times of India
5 months ago | |

Panaji: The Goa State Environment Impact Assessment Authority (Goa-SEIAA) has decided to drop a matter where the complainant had claimed that there was destruction of forest and wildlife at Tulaskarwada in Pernem due to the Mopa airport and related road works. In another complaint, however, the Goa-SEIAA has asked that details of tree plantations carried out at Mopa International Airport site be submitted. Based on the first complaint, the Goa-SEIAA had asked the chief engineer for national highways to confirm whether environment clearance had been obtained for the road work near Mopa airport site. “As per the reply received from the chief engineer for highways, it is informed that the environmental clearance for Mopa airport, including the link road to Mopa airport, has been obtained by the directorate of civil aviation in 2015. As there is nothing justifiable in the complaint, the authority decided to drop the matter,” Goa-SEIAA said at its meeting held on March 31. In another complaint, the same complainant told the authority that environmental clearance conditions were being violated by the contractor for the construction of the airport. “After scrutinising the application, the authority decided to ask the Goa State Biodiversity Board to submit details of the tree plantation done by them at Mopa International Airport,” the Goa-SEIAA said. More than 50% of the work on the Mopa airport has already been completed and plans are to inaugurate the project in August 2022. The total cost of the project has gone up to Rs 2,615 crore because of delays due to judicial proceedings and the pandemic. The project’s pace has been stalled by court proceedings, including judicial stay orders due to environmental issues. On January 16, 2020, the Supreme Court upheld the project’s environmental clearance (EC) and allowed construction to resume. In another complaint, the same complainant told the authority that environmental clearance conditions were being violated by the contractor for the construction of the airport. “After scrutinising the application, the authority decided to ask the Goa State Biodiversity Board to submit details of the tree plantation done by them at Mopa International Airport,” the Goa-SEIAA said

Green body seeks details on tree plantations at Mopa airport site
Mopa villagers move NGT in link road case
Navhind Times | 5 months ago | |
Navhind Times
5 months ago | |

Staff ReporterMapusaAnguished by the directorate of panchayat (DoP) clearing the way for the controversial Mopa Link Road, Mopa villagers have now approached the National Green Tribunal which has admitted the matter.The villagers have also decided to move the High Court of Bombay at Goa over the case.It is pertinent to note that the DoP has allowed the appeal filed by M/s Ashoka Buildcon Ltd in the link road case.The appellant had challenged the stop work notice issued by the Warkhand Nagzar panchayat as regardsconstruction of the link road to the Mopa airport.The link road passes through the jurisdiction of the panchayat.Two affected farmers – Laxman Gawas and Sandip Kambli – have approached the NGT requesting to grant a stay on the work.Besides, the petitioners have also decided to approach the High Court, challenging the DoP order on the Mopa Link Road.Prasad Shahapurkar, the lawyer for the petitioners, said the stop work notice of the Warkhand Nagzar panchayat was challenged before the directorate of panchayat, which has allowed the appeal.“We received a copy of the DoP order. After studying it, we have decided to challenge it,” he said.Various issues which had been highlighted by the panchayat were not mentioned in the order. Reference was made to a SC order in connection with the case of Calangute panchayat versus additional director of panchayat, Shahapurkar explained.Justifying its position, the DoP had said the Mopa airport project is in the larger interest of the public, and that the objections of the villagers and the panchayat at the end-stage of the project cannot be sustained.It will only affect the smooth and effective implementation of the project, the DoP had said.

Mopa villagers move NGT in link road case
Stop-work order on Mopa airport link road withdrawn
Times of India | 5 months ago | |
Times of India
5 months ago | |

Panaji: Director of panchayats Siddhi Harlarnkar on Monday withdrew the stop work order issued by the Varkhand-Nagzar panchayat on the Mopa link road project. “Without a link road, the construction of the Mopa Airport project would be of no use,” she said. Villagers of Dhargalim, Nagzar and few others had opposed the work saying it was being carried out without permission from local panchayats. The link road passes through four panchayat areas and locals say they have lost cultivable land. Varkhand panchayat had stayed the order which was challenged before the court of the director of panchayats by the contractor. “The Mopa project is very important for boosting tourism economy and any particular project, especially an airport project without a road, cannot be effectively maintained,” she said. Harlarnkar told reporters that Mopa airport and link road must be taken as one whole project. “The panchayat said there were no environment clearances and forest permissions but after going through the documents we have seen that they have both,” she said. The panchayat held that the appeal against the panchayat’s stop work order is not maintainable before the court of the director of panchayats but should be before the block development officer. Harlarnkar said the panchayat “didn’t have jurisdiction to issue a stop work order with respect to government projects”. Advocate Prasad Shahapurkar said the judgement will be challenged in the high court.

Stop-work order on Mopa airport link road withdrawn
‘Goa will have two airports’
Navhind Times | 6 months ago | |
Navhind Times
6 months ago | |

Staff ReporterPanajiAllaying the fear that the Dabolim international airport will be closed down once the Mopa airport is commissioned this year, state director of civil aviation Dr. Suresh Shanbhogue on Tuesday said that both the airports will function making Goa a unique state with two international airports.“Though it has been already mentioned a number of times, but because it is a question that is repeatedly asked, let me make it clear once again: the state government will not close down the Dabolim airport. Civilian operations at the Dabolim airport will continue even after the Mopa airport comes into being,” Shanbhougue maintained.He said that airspaces for both airports have been segregated making it possible for Goa to have two airports within a restricted area.“The Navy as well as the state government along with the concessionaire (GMR-Goa) have done the airspace segregation. Both the airports will have separate air traffic control services, and they will have separate airspaces. Flying will not be a conflicting issue between the two airports,” clarified Shanbhogue, speaking at an export conclave function.On the present status of works underway for the Mopa airport, he said that the new airport has provisions for two runways and parallel taxiways with both runaways having total capacity of 30 million passengers per annum.“One of the runways is almost ready while the parallel taxiway is getting ready. The air traffic controller (ATC) tower is also complete except for the glass façade which is under construction. The ATC tower will be handed over to the Airport Authority of India (AAI) by April 30, this year, while the technical building is already complete and handed over to the AAI,” explained the civil aviation director.He added that commissioning of the Mopa airport will be in phases: phase 1, with the capacity of 4.4 million passengers per annum, has been scheduled for commissioning this year.On Mopa airport’s infrastructure for exports, he said the airport will have animal quarantine and certification service, air cargo connectivity to major cities in India and major international trans-shipment zones, viz. Dubai, Singapore and Hamburg.Furthermore the airport will promote exports among foreign clients visiting Goa through the chartered flights.The cargo terminal at the Mopa airport is expected to cater to exporters from Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra.It is expected to play a major role in boosting Goa’s exports, according to the state government.

‘Goa will have two airports’
Angry Mopa airport workers damage building, vehicles
Navhind Times | 6 months ago | |
Navhind Times
6 months ago | |

Staff ReporterMapusa/PanajiUpset over non-payment of salaries, workers working at the construction site of the Mopa International Airport in Pernem turned aggressive on Wednesday and started pelting stones at the administration building and cars parked at the site.Around four vehicles were damaged in the process. However, no complaint was lodged with the police with regard to the incident till the evening.According to the information available, a large number of unhappy workers had gathered near the contracting firm’s office over the non-payment of their salaries.Claiming that they did not receive salary for the last six months, the workers demanded the money. They also claimed that they were not given good quality meals at the site. Later, the workers turned violent and started pelting stones at the administration building, located at the site, and also some four-wheelers parked there. Windshields of around four vehicles and glass panels of the administration building were damaged due to the stone-pelting.The situation was later brought under control following intervention by the Pernem police.One of the owners whose car was damaged said, “The workers gathered and later started pelting stones at the parked vehicles. My vehicle has been damaged.” He said that he has been assured of repairs by the contractor.According to sources, the workers claimed that Holi was a big festival for them and to celebrate it, they wanted money. However, the contractor did not pay them which had upset them.Sources in the police said a discussion was held with the contracting firm officials, who, they said, were trying to deposit salaries into the bank accounts of workers.Meanwhile, Cuncolim MLA and general secretary of the Congress party,YuriAlemao, has demanded that the government clear the pending salaries of the workersworking at the Mopa airport construction site.“The insensitive BJP caretaker government continues with its carelessness and compels hardworking Mopa airport construction site workers to aggressively agitate, demanding their salaries. I urge immediate intervention of the caretaker chief minister to ensure that their salaries are paid immediately,” Alemao said in a statement issued here.He also urged the caretaker chief minister to look into the issues raised by the villagers of Mayem, who are reportedly affected due to mining transportation and water scarcity in their village.It may be noted that construction work of the Mopa International Airport is underway and the first phase of the airport is likely to be ready by August this year.

Angry Mopa airport workers damage building, vehicles
Goa: Police dept designates 23 personnel to non-existing station at Mopa
Times of India | 6 months ago | |
Times of India
6 months ago | |

PANAJI: The state government is yet to notify the new Mopa airport police station, but Goa police have gone ahead with deployment of personnel at the station without any infrastructure in place. Goa police issued an order attaching 23 police personnel to Mopa airport police station with immediate effect, even as it is yet to come into existence on paper. The personnel include a police inspector, police sub-inspector, assistant sub-inspector, head constables and constables. The deployment has come in the wake of the agitation against the construction of the new link road connecting Mopa to NH-66. As there is no basic permanent infrastructure in place, the personnel will have to sit in container cabins, a senior police officer told TOI. When contacted, director general of police Indra Dev Shukla said that Goa police has already recommended, but the state government is yet to issue a notification as the model code of conduct for the 2022 assembly elections was in force till Saturday evening. “As far as the deployment of staff is concerned, administrative functioning such as the setup of police station, including various units like wireless, SHO room, writer room, armoury, traffic unit and security unit — all these take place with minimum infra,” Shukla said. He said that limited staff have been attached to the police station to ensure familiarisation of the area and also the working. “More staff will be provided once the notification is issued. Presently, cases will be registered at the Pernem police station,” the DGP said. Shukla said that the new police station will deliver its services to highly sensitive areas, including airport and railway station, besides the state’s border and commercial activities.

Goa: Police dept designates 23 personnel to non-existing station at Mopa
Pernem locals raise concern over ‘use’ of Tillari canal water
Navhind Times | 7 months ago | |
Navhind Times
7 months ago | |

Staff ReporterMapusaPernem residents, on Tuesday, raised concern over the issue of ‘Tillari canal water being used at the Mopa airport site.’Locals Bharat Bagkar, Uday Mhamal and others met water resourcedepartment officialsoverthe issue.The localsaid that officials informed that a fixed amount of water from Tillari canal has been allowed for Mopa airport work; however they raised concern over the quantitystating once the airport becomes operationalthe requirementwould increase manifold.Speaking over the issue, Bharat Bagkar, a resident of Dhargal and a farmer in the presence of Uday Mhamal and others said that the locals thought that with theMopa airport coming up there would be development but “as the work began for the airport we realised that more than development it will cause damage.”Government had made promises but did not keep its promises.There is a question whether the existence of villages in the surrounding of Mopa will remain or not, said Bagkar.He further alleged that “Tillari canal water is being directly pumped out and taken toMopa airport site. We don’t have detailed information but there is a concern over the quantity of water being pumped out and taken away fromthe canal.”Canal water was for irrigation and small industries, and if it is used for airportthen what will remain, asked Bagkar. The locals appealed to the government to take up necessary measures considering the future need so that they arenot affected.

Pernem locals raise concern over ‘use’ of Tillari canal water
PM Modi In Goa Today, Will Participate In Liberation Day Celebrations
Ndtv | 9 months ago | |
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PM Modi will inaugurate multiple development projects.New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Goa on Sunday to attend Goa Liberation Day celebrations at Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium in Goa's Taleigao at around 3 pm.As per the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), the Prime Minister will felicitate the freedom fighters and veterans of 'Operation Vijay' at the function.Goa Liberation Day is celebrated on December 19 every year to mark the success of 'Operation Vijay' undertaken by the Indian Armed Forces that liberated Goa from Portuguese rule.Prime Minister will inaugurate multiple development projects including the renovated Fort Aguada Jail Museum, Super Speciality Block at Goa Medical College, New South Goa District Hospital, Aviation Skill Development Center at Mopa Airport and the Gas-insulated Substation at Dabolim-Navelim, Margao.I look forward to being in Goa tomorrow to join the Goa Liberation Day celebrations. Multiple development works will also be inaugurated tomorrow which will positively transform the lives of Goa's wonderful people. https://t.co/cRlDVZhGW5pic.twitter.com/x2JpRwto1p— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 18, 2021He will also lay the foundation stone for the India International University of Legal Education and Research of Bar Council of India Trust at Goa.It has been the constant endeavour of the Prime Minister to improve medical infrastructure and provide top-class medical facilities across the country. In line with this vision, the Super Speciality Block at Goa Medical College and Hospital has been constructed at a cost of over Rs 380 crore under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana scheme.It is the only state-of-the-art super specialty hospital in the entire state of Goa, providing high-end super specialty services. It will provide specialized services like angioplasty, bypass surgery, liver transplant, kidney transplant, dialysis etc. The Super Speciality Block will also house a 1000 LPM PSA plant installed under PM-CARES.The New South Goa District Hospital, built at a cost of around Rs.220 crores, is equipped with modern medical infrastructure including OPD services in 33 specialities, the latest diagnostic and laboratory facilities and services like Physiotherapy, Audiometry etc. The hospital has 500 oxygenated beds, 5500 litre LMO tank and 2 PSA plants of 600 litres per minute (lpm).The re-development of Aguada Fort Jail Museum as a Heritage Tourism destination under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme, has been done at a cost of over Rs 28 crore. Before Goa's liberation, Aguada Fort was used to incarcerate and torture the freedom fighters.The Museum will highlight the contributions and sacrifices made by the prominent freedom fighters who fought for the liberation of Goa and will be a befitting tribute to them.The Aviation Skill Development Center at the upcoming Mopa Airport, built at a cost of around Rs. 8.5 crore, is aimed at providing training in 16 different job profiles. The trainees will be able to get job opportunities in the Mopa Airport project as it becomes operational, as well as at other Airports in India and abroad.Gas Insulated Substation at Davorlim-Navelim, Margao has been constructed at a cost of around Rs 16 crores under the Integrated Power Development Scheme of the Ministry of Power, Government of India. It will provide stable power supply to the villages of Davorlim, Nessai, Navelim, Aquem-Baixo and Telaulim.The India International University of Legal Education and Research of Bar Council of India Trust will be established in line with the focus of the government to transform Goa into a hub of higher and technical education.Prime Minister will also release a Special Cover and Special Cancellation to mark the commemoration of the Indian Armed Forces freeing Goa from Portuguese rule.This special episode of history is shown on the special cover, whereas the special cancellation depicts the war memorial at Indian Naval Ship Gomantak, constructed in memory of seven young gallant sailors and other personnel who laid down their lives in "Operation Vijay".The Prime Minister will also release 'My Stamp' depicting the Hutatma Smarak at Patradevi, which salutes the great sacrifices made by the martyrs of the Goa Liberation Movement. A 'Meghdoot Post Card' depicting a collage of pictures of different events during the Goa Liberation Struggle will also be presented to the Prime Minister.Prime Minister will also distribute awards to the best Panchayat/Municipality, Swayampurna Mitras and beneficiaries of Swayampurna Goa Programme.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comDuring his visit, at around 2:15 pm, the Prime Minister will also pay floral tributes at Martyr's Memorial, Azad Maidan, Panaji. At around 2:30 pm, he will attend the Sail Parade and flypast at Miramar, Panaji.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

PM Modi In Goa Today, Will Participate In Liberation Day Celebrations
Honour Parrikars promise to Pernem locals over Mopa jobs
Times of India | 10 months ago | |
Times of India
10 months ago | |

Margao: Congress Curtorim MLA Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco on Friday urged chief minister Pramod Sawant to intervene in the matter pertaining to recruitment of Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) personnel at Mopa airport, pointing out that selected candidates have to pay exorbitant fees of Rs 2.3 lakh for training. He said that he had written to the CM two weeks ago on the issue.Lourenco said that the applicants are required to apply by email which, he said, was a very difficult task for the locals owing to lack of infrastructure and poor internet literacy. He said that the selected candidates, after passing the physical test, have to undergo six-month training by paying a Rs 2.3 lakh fee, which, he said, was unaffordable for most of the applicants from Pernem taluka. “Former chief minister Manohar Parrikar had assured Pernem taluka locals that professional skills will be imparted to them free of cost along with the payment of stipend for jobs at Mopa airport, which, unfortunately, is not getting reflected during the on-going recruitment process. Manohar bhai’s promise to the locals regarding imparting free-of-cost training for skilled jobs at Mopa airport has to be honoured,” Lourenco said. Stating that locals have already sacrificed their ancestral land for the Mopa airport, Lourenco demanded that besides free training, stipend should be paid to all selected trainees.

Honour Parrikars promise to Pernem locals over Mopa jobs