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‘Efforts being made to prevent flooding in Panaji’
Navhind Times | 2 days ago
Navhind Times
2 days ago

Commissioner says 60% of pre-monsoon works have been completedPanaji: All efforts are being made by the Corporation of the City of Panaji to provide flood free city to the residents of Panaji this year and we have initiated several corrective steps in this direction, revealed the Commissioner, Agnelo Fernandes.Speaking to this daily, Fernandes said, “You can’t even imagine what our workers have recovered from these drainages during the course of cleaning: there are water pipes, electricity cables, sarees and oil tins besides plastic bags, bottles, plastic glasses and plastic wrappers.”Fernandes said that despite collecting door-to-door garbage in the city people are still in the habit of throwing garbage in the market drains or releasing sewage in the gutters near Cardozo building or dumping plastic waste in the water that finds it way directly into the drainages and chokes them giving rise to flooding.He said since the beginning of the year 2022 the Corporation has been taking all steps to rid the capital city of traditional flooding spots from Miramar Circle to Ambedkar Garden near Kadamba Bus Terminus and have completed 60% of the monsoon works.“During the course of initiating major measures CCP in collaboration with PWD, Smart City, GSUDA, GSIDC, WRD have reached a conclusion that there are many factors contributing to the flooding in the city,’’ he added.Factors contributing to flooding are like high tide, bad road geometry, construction on land level difference, choking of old Portuguese drainages below ground level, dumping of garbage by market vendors, buildings directly releasing sewage into the gutters, he informed. “After 36 years the Corporation has undertaken dredging of St Inez nullah and extracted five tones of silt and muck along with plastic bottles, plastic wrappers, plastic bags, pipes, debris and others. We also demolished temporary sheds constructed by the residents along the nullah,’’ he pointed out.

‘Efforts being made to prevent flooding in Panaji’
Relief from heat as Goa receives rain
Times of India | 2 days ago
Times of India
2 days ago

Panaji: Few parts of Goa received light to brisk rainfall for some time, accompanied by lightning and thunder, bringing relief from the sultry and humid weather at the peak of summer. Rainfall activity had been isolated during the 24 hours till Tuesday morning, as a few centres recorded light rainfall. Margao recorded the highest quantum of 6.2mm, Dabolim 3.8mm, Sanguem and Canacona just over 1mm each and Panaji 0.2mm. Figures for Ponda were not available while other centres did not record any rainfall. A trough extending from Vidarbha to Kerala is presently influencing the weather pattern in Goa. Another system, a cyclonic circulation over Kerala and its neighbouring region, is also playing a role in inducing movement of convective clouds from Karnataka to Goa, IMD sources said. The cyclonic circulation over Kerala will have a bigger impact on state weather from Thursday morning. A few conditions have made it conducive for an early onset of the southwest monsoon this year. On Tuesday, the northern limit of the monsoon had reached Andaman and Nicobar islands. As per the normal schedule, the onset of monsoons in this region is on May 22. While conditions are favourable for its further advance over nearby regions during next 28 hours, the southwest monsoon is expected to reach Kerala by May 27. “During the last three years – 2019, 2020 and 2021– the monsoon onset over Kerala has been on time. In 2019 and 2021, it was on June 1 and in 2021, it was on June 3,” M R Ramesh Kumar, meteorologist and former chief scientist at the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Dona Paula, said. Further movement of the monsoon to Goa, though it takes about a week, depends on factors ranging from local conditions and intensity of monsoon current.

Relief from heat as Goa receives rain
FAR for hotels increased to 30%
Navhind Times | 3 days ago
Navhind Times
3 days ago

Panaji: The Town and Country Planning Board on Tuesday decided to increase the floor area ratio (FAR) for hotels to 30% from the existing FAR of 20%.A Board meeting chaired by Town and Country Planning Minister Vishwajit Rane also granted approval for appointment of consultants for new outline development plans (ODPs) and the Goa Regional Plan.The Minister said the Board may even think of giving 40% FAR for projects in urban areas with revised fees. The Board rejected a request of the civil aviation department, which had sought a 20-km buffer to the Mopa airport in Pernem taluka.The Board also decided to install CCTV cameras in all offices of the TCP department and the planning and development authorities.It also made a decision to strengthen sections 16A and 16B of the Town and Country Planning Act.The Board meeting also resolved to develop the Kadamba plateau as a new satellite township of Panaji with 400 FAR.Speaking to media persons, Rane reaffirmed the department’s crackdown on illegal hill cutting, filling of low lying areas etc.“We have no problem if somebody carries out work with all the permissions from the department. But cutting of hills, filling of low-lying areas, and work on khazan lands and in buffer zones will not be tolerated,” he stated.The Minister said that a team headed by the Chief Town Planner will probe the cases of hill cutting, maintaining that “we have to maintain the uniqueness of Goa. And for that, we need to have proper planning. We need to focus on small zonal plans for the areas”.Areas falling under Khazan and other sensitive zones, which have been converted, must be brought back to their original zones, Rane said, adding and the department will work in that direction.Rane, who holds forest portfolio, disclosed that a file has been moved for declaring Vagheri hill in Sattari taluka as a protected area.“Vagheri hill will be declared as a protected area, and no development will be allowed there,” he revealed.On the move to suspend a range forest officer (RFO) over the resumption of Vagheri hill cutting despite a stop order, Rane said that a file is being moved to take action against the officer.“An order suspending the RFO will be issued by Wednesday. A show-cause notice to the deputy conservator of forest will also be issued. And, if he fails to give an explanation, he too will be suspended,” he warned.

FAR for hotels increased to 30%
TCP hikes FAR for 4-, 5-star hotels across Goa by 50%
Times of India | 3 days ago
Times of India
3 days ago

Panaji: The town and country planning board on Tuesday decided to increase floor area ratio (FAR) for four-star and five-star hotels from the existing 20% to 30% in both rural and urban areas. It also resolved to increase the FAR at Kadamba plateau from 300% to 400% for those developers who have proper infrastructure in place, including roads. Kadamba plateau, on the outskirts of Panaji, is being developed as a satellite town. Among other decisions, the board has said that the department would take strict action to combat rising cases of land-filling, hill-cutting (under Section 17A of the TCP Act) and development in no-development zones (under Section 16A). The meeting resolved that if any person or company files an application for construction, the applicant will also have to mention hill-cutting, land-filling or any such activity at the time. However, if no such permission is taken and the applicant indulges in such activities, strict action would be taken. The board decided that during the permission stage, developers should submit a proper plan to get approvals, and in case the developer fails to disclose fully, action would be taken. The board also resolved that action would be taken against violators carrying out construction or development on orchard land. Meanwhile, the department rejected the proposal of the department of civil aviation to declare a 20km area around Mopa International Airport as restricted. When the agenda came up for discussion, the board said that the decision cannot be taken with just an application by GMR Goa International Airport Limited, and that a detailed representation will have to be given to the board on what factors are involved. The board has also decided to empanel a consultant who would be consulted when new outline development plans (ODPs) and regional plans are prepared. The board also decided to install CCTVs at all TCP and PDA offices.

TCP hikes FAR for 4-, 5-star hotels across Goa by 50%
Jackpot!
Navhind Times | 4 days ago
Navhind Times
4 days ago

Miguel BraganzaThe Konkan Fruit Fest in Panaji over the weekend threw up a complete surprise for many and Jai Naik from Borda gave jackpot a new meaning: he won the first prize for his potted plant bearing a jackfruit. Organised by the Botanical Society of Goa (BSG) along with the Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) as festival partner, the event was held with the support of the Directorate of Agriculture, University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwar, nursery owners, fruit processors and fruit enthusiasts. There were a large number of enquiries about the jackfruit in a pot.Visitors wanted to know in how many years one can expect a jackfruit on the plant. Fruit plant grafts have the ability to produce fruits in the same year of planting because the scion material is taken from a fruit-bearing tree known as the ‘mother plant’. However, in the case of jackfruit, the fruits are borne directly on the main trunk and the fruit is large and heavy. It is, therefore, important that it gains a good diameter and is strong enough to bear the weight of the fruit till it matures. If one manures periodically and waters regularly, the tree can bear fruit in just two or three years. This offers an opportunity to those living in apartments to have homegrown jackfruits of their choice.‘What containers can one grow these fruit plants in?’Well, one can grow fruit plants in 14 to 24 inches diameter pots, barrels or even buckets. If one wants it to grow big on the terrace, one can use a 200 litres capacity metal drum painted with tar or metal primer paint, or in blue or black HDPE barrels. However, pots and small barrels can be moved about, as needed, like in the case for the competition. Plants in bigger barrels can only be judged for home garden competitions. Quite a few people have grown trees in barrels after I wrote about a journalist growing it on her rooftop in Panaji. Growing in smaller containers is the natural progression of the idea.Last Saturday was World Bonsai Day. Daniel D’Souza, the current president of the Botanical Society of Goa displayed a number of bonsai fruit plants with fruits. It included mangoes, but not jackfruit. A plant in a shallow pot will uproot as the jackfruit grows bigger. It may be possible to grow a chempedak or wild jackfruit that is edible but smaller in size. Whether for bonsai or in deep pots, the fruit species must survive the pruning of its roots and shoots. Limes and lemons are ideal here.It is proposed to conduct the Plant Utsav in November after two years of the pandemic and include potted fruit plants in the competition, along with the regular flower arrangements, garland-making, vegetable carving and other competitions.Buy a large pot, coco soil, compost, a graft and you can be ready for the competition in the next six months. Take good care of the plant and it will give you fruits even if you decide not to compete.

Jackpot!
Doubling of Kulem to Vasco track to continue, says govt
Times of India | 4 days ago
Times of India
4 days ago

Panaji: Environment minister Nilesh Cabral said on Monday that the process of double-tracking of South West Railways’ line from Kulem to Vasco will continue. Speaking on the Supreme Court order setting aside the National Board of Wildlife’s (NBWL) clearance for the Castlerock to Kulem stretch, Cabral said, “That is in the SC and that discussion cannot be held. It will be taken up by railway authorities. The SC decision is from Castlerock to Kulem, but from Kulem to Vasco, there is no such decision, and the process will continue.” CM Pramod Sawant chaired a meeting on double-tracking at Paryatan Bhavan, Panaji. Panchayat minister Mauvin Godinho, Cabral, chief secretary Puneet Kumar Goel and SWR officials were present. Cabral said that during the meeting, overbridges and underpasses at Vasco were discussed. Cabral said that three underpasses were planned. “Railways have deposited money with the state government to take up underpass work, which we have returned. We have told them that the Central government should take up the work of overbridge and underpass,” Cabral said. In its report to the SC last month, its central empowered committee (CEC) rejected all justifications presented by Railways for the project, and termed the project “inefficient”, “unjustified” and “potentially destructive”. Even as the court cancelled the permission granted to Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd (RVNL), the infrastructure arm of Indian Railways, it permitted the body to do a fresh assessment of the environmental impact and submit its report to the NBWL, which it said would be considered as per law. There are mainly three reasons that led to the CEC recommending the cancellation of Railways’ proposal in Mollem — the threat to the biodiversity hotspot, difficult terrain of the ghat section, and Railways’ failure to utilise most of the existing capacity of the single track. The CEC also raised doubts about capacity enhancement of the double-track when it is proposed to be built parallel to the existing “equally inefficient track again with a steep 1:37 gradient”.

Doubling of Kulem to Vasco track to continue, says govt
Greens ask dept to intervene in Assagao forest clearing issue
Times of India | 4 days ago
Times of India
4 days ago

Panaji: The Goa Green Brigade has written to the forest department asking it to intervene in the alleged illegal clearing of a private forest area in Assagao to build some villas. They have demanded action in the matter calling it “a contempt of National Green Tribunal proceedings”. The group has alleged that the violation is at survey no 128/8 where the owner has cleared a large number of bushes that are a part of the rich biodiversity and its ecosystem. “We now fear that they are attempting to clear out the private forest cover,” the letter signed by coordinator, Avertino Miranda and member, Orlando Braganza, stated. “Considering the serious nature of this complaint and as the matter is sub-judice in the NGT, Pune, we request the forest department to conduct an urgent inspection of the property,” the letter stated. Senior forest officials, including the deputy conservator of forests, later visited the Assagao village to survey the violations and put on record all the trees cut in the protected private forest area. A team of forest department officials led by the local range forest officer also conducted an inspection in several parts of Assagao. “We request the forest department to conduct regular patrolling of the area since we fear that the owners may clear or cut the private forest and destroy the environment and the rich biodiversity of the Assagao village,” the letter stated.

Greens ask dept to intervene in Assagao forest clearing issue
Goa: Tomatoes get pricey, selling at nearly Rs 80/kg
Times of India | 4 days ago
Times of India
4 days ago

PANAJI: Prices of tomatoes are on fire. Retail prices of the juicy reds have shot up from Rs 40 per kg to anywhere between Rs 60-80 per kg and vendors say that the prices are likely to remain on the higher side till the end of the month. The price rise is partly due to the sharp contrast in weather conditions. The intense humidity and pre-monsoon rainfall have hit the crop in Goa’s neighbouring states. “Rain and gusty winds have wreaked havoc on fields in Belagavi, leaving farmers no choice but to discard the spoiled tomatoes. The ones that survive often soften during transit and we end up having to discard nearly five kgs at a time due to damage,” said Ali Shaikh, a vegetable vendor. Coupled with the weather conditions is the additional cost of transportation owing to the temporary closure of the Chorla ghat. Asif Shaikh, a vendor from the Panaji market said that he has resorted to sourcing different varieties of tomatoes to cover the shortage. “The ones used in Goan curries are selling at Rs 80 per kg due to which we have also sourced round button tomatoes which are often used to prepare purees or used in ketchup, which are selling at Rs 60 per kg. These have a thicker consistency and can act as a temporary substitute until the prices of the regular tomatoes stabilise,” he said. Some vendors are choosing to sell tomatoes for Rs 60 at the retail price, after getting a good deal upon bulk purchases. “We have managed to get a good bargain from our suppliers in Belagavi and have therefore not hiked retail rates too much. If we can purchase the product at an affordable price, it only makes sense to sell it to customers at the rate affordable to them,” said vegetable vendor Imamkasib Mokashi.

Goa: Tomatoes get pricey, selling at nearly Rs 80/kg
Taking lessons from 2021s devastation, Goa revamps disaster management plan
Times of India | 4 days ago
Times of India
4 days ago

PANAJI: Taking cue from the devastation and flash floods that hit the state during the monsoon over the past three years, the state has revamped its strategy for natural calamities and put in place a detailed disaster plan with clearly specified responsibilities. Aside from standard operating procedures for response agencies, the state has also mapped the areas that are vulnerable to landslides and floods. With the monsoons less than a fortnight, the Goa state disaster management authority has activated the district disaster management cells and also set up control rooms in each district to coordinate disaster mitigation and disaster response measures, said state government officials. Water resources department (WRD) officials also pointed out that unlike earlier years, when cyclone relief shelters remained on paper, three of the five cyclone shelters in North Goa are complete, while over 120 relief shelters have been identified in South Goa. Two more cyclone shelters are being constructed at Altinho-Panaji and Marna-Siolim. Speaking to TOI, South Goa collector Jyoti Kumari said that the disaster management cell has identified vulnerable areas and also identified emergency response providers. “An exercise was conducted in early May where the various stakeholders deliberated in detail on the mitigation measures, vulnerability assessment, damage caused in the last few years and the role of the various emergency responders,” said Kumari. The trail of devastation left behind by cyclone Tauktae in May has not been forgotten. The tropical cyclone lashed Goa with fierce winds, heavy rain and gusts up to 100kmph. Tautkae destroyed over 200 homes, uprooted hundreds of trees and plunged the state into darkness as power lines and communication lines were snapped. The state government estimated that the value of the losses stood at Rs 146 crore. The surge in water levels also caused some low-lying areas to be cut-off from the rest of the state. The sea level rise saw many beaches being taken over with water entering shacks and houses. With this in mind, the government has identified low-lying areas and vulnerable areas such as Bicholim, Sanquelim, Divar, Chorao, Ponda, Paroda, Khareband-Margao, Canacona, Bogmalo, Vasco. In Ponda itself, the state has estimated that around 600 dwelling units are vulnerable to flooding. “The state disaster management authority directed all stakeholders to take up pre-monsoon activities such as de-silting of drains, trimming of trees, identification of dangerous structures. As per directions, the panchayats and the towns have started the normal monsoon work,” said an official who was present for the meeting. Aside from the regular pre-monsoon work, Kumari also said that an SOP is being drafted specifically for flood-prone zones. “There have been directions to the deputy collectors and the WRD to put up signages at flood-prone areas and places where drowning deaths occur,” said Kumari. The 5,000-odd residents of Sal, Ibrampur and neighbouring areas along the river Chapora have yet to forget the horrors of the inky black floods of August 2019. The residents of Usgao and Ganjem in Ponda have their own vivid nightmare, the havoc created by incessant rain and flooding in July 2021. “One of the key challenges that we noticed was that some areas were completely cut off and given the large number of emergency calls, first responders had their hands full,” said a Central government official who had assisted the state with rescue efforts. In 2019 and 2021, the state government had roped in the Navy, Coast Guard and Army to assist the Goa fire and emergency department. In preparation for the coming monsoon, the state disaster management authority has already formed the different teams for rescue operations. Additional teams have been formed to restore power supply, provide medical aid, shelter and food. The departments have also identified agencies who have cranes, trucks and boats which could be requisitioned in case of an emergency. In addition, the state has also appointed 350 ‘aapada mitras’ and ‘aapada sakhis’ who will be trained and deployed for disaster response.

Taking lessons from 2021s devastation, Goa revamps disaster management plan
Appoint head of mines corp: Dept to govt
Times of India | 5 days ago
Times of India
5 days ago

Panaji: The directorate of mines and geology has decided to ask the state government to appoint the chairman and directors for the newly formed Goa Mineral Development Corporation so as to get the rules framed and make the corporation functional. A senior officer said that the law department has raised queries stating that the corporation’s rules have to be framed in consultation with the corporation. The officer said that, as per the law department, the state government has to now appoint the chairman and director for the corporation so that rules are framed and finalised. Earlier, the mines department had framed the rules and sent them to the law department for vetting. But the same file was returned to the mines department with queries. “We have cleared the queries raised by the law department and the file will go to the government,” the officer said. As per the Goa Mining Corporation Act, 2021, the chief minister is the chairman of the corporation with the MLAs representing mining belt constituencies as members. Earlier in September, the governor had granted his assent to the bill, making it an Act and setting the stage for the corporation. Mining in Goa came to a halt in March 2018, after the Supreme Court quashed the second renewal of 88 mining leases. On September 7, the apex court dismissed an appeal filed by mining companies to allow them to operate mining leases till 2037. To restart mining activities in the state as early as possible, the state government is likely to first auction the 88 leases against which the government has initiated the process of takeover and the companies have been asked to vacate the leases within a month. A senior government officer had said that opening new leases would take longer than restarting existing mines that were operational.

Appoint head of mines corp: Dept to govt
Goa: Man gets life imprisonment, Rs 1 lakh fine in 2013 murder case
Times of India | 5 days ago
Times of India
5 days ago

PANAJI: A North Goa court has sentenced Vijay Karbotkar to life imprisonment and has also fined him Rs one lakh for the murder of Lavu Parsekar at Porvorim in 2013. The court had acquitted the first accused in the case, Shailesh Naik, under Section 302 for murder read with 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) but convicted him under Section 323 for voluntarily causing hurt back in the year 2018. “Taking into consideration the evidence of the witnesses, coupled with the medical evidence and the attending circumstances (that the deceased was stabbed on the vital parts of his body, that is, abdomen, and also that there was not only one injury caused due to stabbing but around four other stab injuries), the complicity of Vijay Karbotkar, in causing the death of Lavu has been established by the prosecution and the prosecution has led convincing evidence to show that the offence is one under Section 302 of the said code,” additional sessions judge, Mapusa, Sherin Paul said. Public prosecutor A Talaulikar sought the maximum sentence and produced a list of criminal cases that are either registered or pending against the accused. She also submitted that the accused absconded on three occasions during the course of the trial. After a lower court in August 2015 ordered charges to be framed against both the accused for culpable homicide not amounting to murder (Section 304 II), the high court allowed the state to challenge it through a revision petition. The high court thereafter directed that murder charges under Section 302 read with Section 34 be framed against both the accused.

Goa: Man gets life imprisonment, Rs 1 lakh fine in 2013 murder case
Goa likely to see rain till Tuesday, temperature normal: IMD
Times of India | 5 days ago
Times of India
5 days ago

PANAJI: Cloudy weather prevailed for most of the day on Saturday, as India meteorological department (IMD), Panaji, forecast rain or thundershowers at isolated places over both districts for four days till Tuesday. During the last 24 hours, there was just 0.5mm rainfall in Margao, a trace in Panaji, while other centres received no rainfall. “The wind patterns are influencing the weather. The westerly winds from the Arabian Sea are bringing moisture and easterly winds at 700 hPa (3km above atmosphere) are advecting clouds towards Goa region,” Rajasree VPM, scientist at IMD, Panaji, said. While this April ended as the wettest April for 85 years (since 1937), rainfall during May so far has been sparse. During the past nearly two-and-a-half months, Pernem witnessed more rainfall activity as the rain gauge centre in the town recorded 205.8mm of rainfall. Sanquelim also received higher rainfall of 110.9mm, Mapusa 75.9mm, Margao 70.2mm, Sanguem 69.2mm, Panaji 61.1mm, and other centres on a lesser scale during the 70+ days. Valpoi had recorded 59.3mm till April 22, but the total has not been updated since then. At the peak of summer, the maximum temperatures have been within normal range. On Friday, the mercury actually went down 2.3 degrees below normal, as IMD, Panaji recorded a maximum temperature of 31.6 degrees Celsius. It rose slightly to 33 degrees Celsius, just 0.9 degrees below normal while many places in the country have been affected by a heat wave.

Goa likely to see rain till Tuesday, temperature normal: IMD
  • Monsoon may hit Goa slightly early this year
  • Times of India

    Panaji: The monsoon may hit Goa marginally earlier this year, as India meteorological department (IMD) said on Friday that it will reach Kerala around May 27, a few days earlier than the normal onset date of May 1. Even as the IMD issues a forecast for the monsoon’s onset over Kerala, it doesn’t predict its progression as it moves north towards Goa. This is because the monsoon’s progress depends on factors such as strength of the current and localised weather features. “The normal onset date of monsoon over Kerala is June 1 and normal date of progress of monsoon over Goa is June 5. This year, monsoon onset is likely over Kerala 4-5 days ahead of its normal date,” IMD scientist Rahul M said. The prediction of May 27 is subject to a model error of plus or minus four days. Rahul said that the data from the past decade or so suggests that there’s no correlation between the monsoon’s arrival in Kerala and its reaching Goa. “There are several examples to show that there may not always be a four-day gap between monsoon onset over Kerala and monsoon advance over Goa,” he said. “Two years – 2017 and 2018 – the monsoon onset was before the normal date over Kerala, but it arrived over Goa two to three days later than the normal date. Whereas in 2021, it arrived on the normal date over Goa, even though the onset date over Kerala was two days late,” he said.

Goa CM Pramod Sawant meets Tata chief, discusses investment
Times of India | 5 days ago
Times of India
5 days ago

PANAJI: Chief minister Pramod Sawant on Saturday said that collaboration and investment by industry conglomerates like Tata Sons will offer great opportunities for Goa. Sawant on Saturday met Tata Sons group chairman N Chandrasekaran, Noel Tata and other CEOs, to boost investment in Goa. Industries minister Mauvin Godinho and chief secretary Puneet Kumar Goel were also present at the meeting. Goa Small Industries Association (GSIA) played a key role in arranging this meeting, with a clear agenda of inviting the mother industry to boost MSME growth, Sawant said. The chief minister said that opportunities in all sectors like IT, aviation manufacturing, retail, hospitality, training centres for hospitality, and soft skills were discussed at the meeting. “Goa possesses immense potential in industry development and employment generation,” Sawant said. The CMO said that Chandrasekaran promised to immediately plan an internal meeting with their top CEOs to promote new businesses in Goa. Jobs in retail, IT, hospitality discussedSawant said opportunities in sectors like IT, aviation manufacturing, retail, hospitality, training centres for hospitality, and soft skills were discussed. “Goa possesses immense potential in industry development and employment generation,” Sawant said. The CMO said Chandrasekaran promised to immediately plan an internal meeting with their top CEOs to promote new businesses in Goa.

Goa CM Pramod Sawant meets Tata chief, discusses investment
  • Goa CM meets Tata chief, discusses investment in state
  • Times of India

    PANAJI: Chief minister Pramod Sawant on Saturday said that collaboration and investment by industry conglomerates like Tata Sons will offer great opportunities for Goa. Sawant on Saturday met Tata Sons group chairman N Chandrasekaran, Noel Tata and other CEOs, to boost investment in Goa. Industries minister Mauvin Godinho and chief secretary Puneet Kumar Goel were also present at the meeting. Goa Small Industries Association (GSIA) played a key role in arranging this meeting, with a clear agenda of inviting the mother industry to boost MSME growth, Sawant said. The chief minister said that opportunities in all sectors like IT, aviation manufacturing, retail, hospitality, training centres for hospitality, and soft skills were discussed at the meeting. “Goa possesses immense potential in industry development and employment generation,” Sawant said. The CMO said that Chandrasekaran promised to immediately plan an internal meeting with their top CEOs to promote new businesses in Goa.