Quepem News

Will build 5 bandharas and 20 wells in Quepem, Sanguem: WRD minister
Times of India | 4 weeks ago | |
Times of India
4 weeks ago | |

Margao: Minister for cooperation and water resources Subhash Shirodkar on Sunday announced that five new bandharas and 20 wells will be built at various locations in Sanguem and Quepem talukas as well as in neighbouring areas through the water resources department. The move, he said, is aimed at motivating young farmers and providing a fillip to agricultural activities in the area.Speaking at the 30th Foundation Day of Adarsh Krishi Cooperative Society at Balli, Shirodkar said, “The young generation should adopt agriculture as a profession instead of hankering after government jobs.” He stressed on the need for a significant number of farmers from South Goa to venture into agriculture to contribute towards making the state swayampurna in the real sense of the term.Shirodkar added that the government intends to document the various subsidies allotted to farmers in six talukas of South Goa so as to understand the impact of the schemes on agriculture in the area.Minister for social welfare Subhash Phaldessai, referring to the proposed tribal village to be set up in Sanguem taluka, said that the project will help promote agricultural produce and handicrafts of tribal communities of Goa at an international level, thereby promoting hinterland eco-tourism.Farmers and people from various fields were felicitated for their extraordinary contribution towards cooperative movement.

Will build 5 bandharas and 20 wells in Quepem, Sanguem: WRD minister
After pet dog complaint, Fatorpa p’yat clerk now in transfer fiasco
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

Margao: The Fatorpa panchayat is in the news again and this time it’s for all the wrong reasons once more. If the panchayat hogged media attention a month ago on account of accusations of public nuisance caused by a panchayat clerk for bringing his pet dog to office, this time too it’s the same protagonist but in a different setting.Exactly after a month an elected representative from Fatorpa panchayat wrote to the deputy director of panchayats, Margao, urging his intervention to prevent a clerk from letting his pet dog inside the public office, the employee in question was issued a transfer order. His name figured in the order listing 16 personnel for transfers that made it appear a routine administrative move. Nothing unusual except for the fact that his was among the two names whose transfers were cancelled within a week of the transfer order issued.In the transfer order dated November 30, 16 panchayat clerks were transferred “on administrative grounds and in public interest”. The transfers included posting of the Fatorpa panchayat clerk to Balli panchayat and the clerk from Balli panchayat to Fatorpa. The order was followed by a memorandum issued by block development officer, Quepem, to the secretary, Fatorpa panchayat to implement the order with immediate effect. So even as the modalities of relieving the two clerks by the respective panchayat secretaries were underway, the director of panchayats, Siddhi Halarnkar issued an order on Wednesday cancelling the transfers of both the panchayat employees, again “on administrative ground and in public interest.” The development has raised eyebrows and Quepem MLA Altone D’Costa said it was “political interference” and demanded an inquiry into the episode. It is unclear if the transfer order of the Fatorpa panchayat clerk is a consequence of the earlier complaint against him. But what’s certain is that the complaint had put authorities who were called upon earlier to ensure justice into a rather piquant situation this time around. “It’s necessary to unearth who is behind the move to shield the clerk,” D’Costa said.Jennifer Fernandes, a first-time Fatorpa panchayat member, in her complaint to the deputy director of panchayats on October 31, had said that “the (clerk’s) dog barks all the time making it difficult for people to enter the panchayat office” and had pleaded for “appropriate action as per law, to stop the nuisance.”

After pet dog complaint, Fatorpa p’yat clerk now in transfer fiasco
Konkani Bhasha Mandal’s Petul at Quepem on 26 th November
Times of India | 2 months ago | |
Times of India
2 months ago | |

Konkani Bhasha Mandal organised its unique programme titled Petul on Saturday, November 26 at Main Auditorium of Government College, Quepem. The programme was held in association with Government College, Quepem. Graced by Dr Ashwini Jambhekar (Kulkarni), Director, Audyogik Tantra Shikshan Sanstha, Pune, Jess Fernandes, Senior Writer, Sister Severine Pinto, Headmistress of Holy Cross Convent, Ambaulim and Joydeep Bhattacharjee, Principal of Government College of Quepem. During the function 9 educations institutions from different parts of Quepem, Sanguem talukas namely Sharada English High School, Curchorem, Union High School, Sanguem, New Education Institute, Curchorem, Tiny Tots Primary School, Quepem, Sharada Kala Sadhana, Curchorem, Government Middle School, Ambaulim, Utkarsh High School, Rivona, Sarvodaya Primary School, Curchorem and Holy Cross Institute, Quepem performed on specially choreographed childrens’ songs from ‘Shanni Masti’ at the function. An exhibition of books and CDs produced by Konkani Bhasha Mandal. The President of KBM Anwesha Singbal said that through its multiple events in the state, we have realised that a huge demand for Konkani material exists. The sales of this material and music CDs have shown that people are eagerly seeking material in Konkani for children that is well produced and attractively priced. In the absence of this, they reach for material in English or other languages and do not help children to grow in Konkani."

Konkani Bhasha Mandal’s Petul at Quepem on 26 th November
Dam water will be released by November 14 for agriculture: WRD minister
Times of India | 2 months ago | |
Times of India
2 months ago | |

PANAJI: Water from dams will be released for agriculture activities from November 14 onwards and there will be no shortage of drinking water, said minister for water resources Subhash Shirodkar, on Thursday. He added that two dams will be taken up in Dharbandora and work on them will be started soon. Shirodkar said that water from six dams was usually released by November-end or in December, but when he visited Sanguem and Quepem recently, farmers requested him to release water on time to take up agriculture activities. Stating that the dams have sufficient raw water, Shirodkar said that seven talukas in Goa depend on agriculture and around 8,000 farmers are involved in farming activities. "Post-Covid, Goan youth have taken up agriculture and horticulture," he said. "In February and March, we have to judiciously use water for drinking as the Maharashtra government is likely to take up repair work of the Tillari canal to resolve the breach issue," the WRD minister said, adding that the WRD will store Tillari dam water to avoid shortage to Porvorim.

Dam water will be released by November 14 for agriculture: WRD minister
  • Dam water will be released by November 14 for agriculture: Goa minister
  • Times of India

    PANAJI: Water from dams will be released for agriculture activities from November 14 onwards and there will be no shortage of drinking water, said minister for water resources Subhash Shirodkar, on Thursday. He added that two dams will be taken up in Dharbandora and work on them will be started soon. Shirodkar said that water from six dams was usually released by November-end or in December, but when he visited Sanguem and Quepem recently, farmers requested him to release water on time to take up agriculture activities. Stating that the dams have sufficient raw water, Shirodkar said that seven talukas in Goa depend on agriculture and around 8,000 farmers are involved in farming activities. “Post-Covid, Goan youth have taken up agriculture and horticulture,” he said. “In February and March, we have to judiciously use water for drinking as the Maharashtra government is likely to take up repair work of the Tillari canal to resolve the breach issue,” the WRD minister said, adding that the WRD will store Tillari dam water to avoid shortage to Porvorim.

Will bring Sanguem’s hilltop areas into mainstream: MLA
Times of India | 2 months ago | |
Times of India
2 months ago | |

MARGAO: More than a year ago when TOI visited 95-year old Bhomo Gaonkar at his humble dwelling located atop the hills of remote Karla village in Netravali, Sanguem, he was nursing a sepsis that had developed from a wound near his left ankle. With no access to medical facilities in the village or anywhere nearby, Gaonkar, as several others from this village, had turned to the surrounding forests for traditional herbal medicine. “There’s no way I can go to a doctor,” Gaonkar had told TOI. “I can’t walk even two steps, and no vehicle can come to our village. I am treating the wound with a herbal paste, and that has made my pain somewhat bearable.” Over six months ago he voted in the assembly election, placing his trust in democracy just the way he did in the traditional herbal medicine. The poll yielded a change as a new legislator now came to represent Sanguem. Subhash Phal Dessai who defeated independent Prasad Gaonkar is now the social welfare minister. His wound now healed, Gaonkar looks upto Phal Dessai to make the lives of future generations of the village “easier”. Phal Dessai understands Gaonkar’s plight and that of Karla village, as also of several such isolated villages on hilltops. “I have known Gaonkar since my younger days. We call him Bhomdad with reverence. The main problem is the absence of a motorable road to the village. Soon after the election, I had initiated the process of preparing tenders for the road, but the rains set in and it had to be stopped. We will do it soon.” Phal Dessai says years before he even became a legislator, he took the lead in addressing issues concerning roads, water and electricity in Karla and other villages of Sanguem “through shramdan” and using his own financial resources. “The person who would dig trenches in the village to drain out the rainwater 30 years ago, has now become their MLA. That speaks of my devotion for these villages deprived of development,” he tells TOI. Apart from the lack of a motorable access road to this village, Karla also doesn’t have even basic health facilities or a primary school. If the nearest hospital is the primary health centre at Quepem or Curchorem, nearly 25km away, the nearest primary school is at Cajur, and the nearest high school at Maina, both several kilometres away. High school students from Karla, numbering around 10, take an alternative route to get to their school — a pathway through the dense forests that takes them over forty minutes to climb down and an hour-and-a-half to trudge up the hill. Phal Dessai promises to redress all these issues of Karla and bring the village into the mainstream of development. “I have fought to ease the hardships of the locals when I was nobody, not even an MLA. I have fought with forest officials when they prevented construction of a road to Saljini (another hilltop forest village in Netravali) but saw to it that the road was done. Providing health facilities to all such remote villages is a challenge, but it will happen, slowly but surely,” the social welfare minister says. Born and brought up in Cavrem, another remote village in Quepem, tucked away in dense forests, Phal Dessai knows first-hand the travails of the inhabitants. “I remember my student days when there would be no lights in my house as electricity had not reached there, no roads for a vehicle to get to our village, and no high school either. So I know the lives of these people and the hardships they face,” Phal Dessai says, stressing that he would strive for making the lives of such people “easier.” Just the way the nonagenarian Bhomdad yearns for.

Will bring Sanguem’s hilltop areas into mainstream: MLA
  • Phal Dessai assures to bring Sanguem’s isolated hilltop villages into mainstream
  • Times of India

    Margao: More than a year ago when TOI visited 95-year old Bhomo Gaonkar at his humble dwelling located atop the hills of remote Karla village in Netravali, Sanguem, he was nursing a sepsis that had developed from a wound near his left ankle. With no access to medical facilities in the village or anywhere nearby, Gaonkar, as several others from this village, had turned to the surrounding forests for traditional herbal medicine.“There’s no way I can go to a doctor,” Gaonkar had told TOI. “I can’t walk even two steps, and no vehicle can come to our village. I am treating the wound with a herbal paste, and that has made my pain somewhat bearable.”Over six months ago he voted in the assembly election, placing his trust in democracy just the way he did in the traditional herbal medicine. The poll yielded a change as a new legislator now came to represent Sanguem. Subhash Phal Dessai who defeated independent Prasad Gaonkar is now the social welfare minister. His wound now healed, Gaonkar looks upto Phal Dessai to make the lives of future generations of the village “easier”. Phal Dessai understands Gaonkar’s plight and that of Karla village, as also of several such isolated villages on hilltops. “I have known Gaonkar since my younger days. We call him Bhomdad with reverence. The main problem is the absence of a motorable road to the village. Soon after the election, I had initiated the process of preparing tenders for the road, but the rains set in and it had to be stopped. We will do it soon.”Phal Dessai says years before he even became a legislator, he took the lead in addressing issues concerning roads, water and electricity in Karla and other villages of Sanguem “through shramdan” and using his own financial resources. “The person who would dig trenches in the village to drain out the rainwater 30 years ago, has now become their MLA. That speaks of my devotion for these villages deprived of development,” he tells TOI. Apart from the lack of a motorable access road to this village, Karla also doesn’t have even basic health facilities or a primary school. If the nearest hospital is the primary health centre at Quepem or Curchorem, nearly 25km away, the nearest primary school is at Cajur, and the nearest high school at Maina, both several kilometers away. High school students from Karla, numbering around 10, take an alternative route to get to their school — a pathway through the dense forests that takes them over forty minutes to climb down and an hour-and-a-half to trudge up the hill.Phal Dessai promises to redress all these issues of Karla and bring the village into the mainstream of development. “I have fought to ease the hardships of the locals when I was nobody, not even an MLA. I have fought with forest officials when they prevented construction of a road to Saljini (another hilltop forest village in Netravali) but saw to it that the road was done. Providing health facilities to all such remote villages is a challenge, but it will happen, slowly but surely,” the social welfare minister says. Born and brought up in Cavrem, another remote village in Quepem, tucked away in dense forests, Phal Dessai knows first-hand the travails of the inhabitants. “I remember my student days when there would be no lights in my house as electricity had not reached there, no roads for a vehicle to get to our village, and no high school either. So I know the lives of these people and the hardships they face,” Phal Dessai says, stressing that he would strive for making the lives of such people “easier.”Just the way the nonagenarian Bhomdad yearns for.

Quepem will be tapped for spiritual tourism: Mantri
Times of India | 3 months ago | |
Times of India
3 months ago | |

MARGAO: Tourism minister Rohan Khaunte on Monday said that Quepem taluka holds potential for developing an ecotourism and spiritual tourism circuit to enhance travellers’ tourism experience and that the government will take steps in that direction. He made the statement during his Quepem constituency tour as part of the government’s ‘mantri tumchea dari’ initiative. Khaunte visited various temples and landmark places, including the Shantadurga Kunkalkarin and Shantadurga Fatarpekarin temple in Fatorpa and Mahadev temple in Fatorpa. PWD minister Nilesh Cabral, Sanguem MLA and social welfare minister Subhash Phal Dessai, Quepem MLA Altone D’Costa and former Quepem MLA Chandrakant Kavlekar were among those who accompanied Khaunte. At the Betul fort, Khaunte was apprised of the nuisance created by anti-social elements following which the minister directed police to increase patrolling in the area. Locals also demanded that the Betul fort, which now lies in ruins, be restored to its former glory. Khaunted assured to undertake beautification of the fort after following due process as the fort comes under the jurisdiction of the customs department. He also visited the ONGC office where he was apprised of the various activities of the organisation. At the Nanda lake in Curchorem constituency, Khaunte discussed with Cabral the various development works that can be undertaken there. He later held a meeting with local elected members of panchayats and municipalities and discussed ideas pertaining to the development of the areas under tourism and IT sectors.

Quepem will be tapped for spiritual tourism: Mantri
Selaulim plant work complete, water released
Times of India | 3 months ago | |
Times of India
3 months ago | |

Ponda: Water to Sanguem, Quepem, Salcete, Mormugao and parts of Agasaim and Borim was released from the Selaulim water treatment plant after completing the work on Thursday evening. However, some areas will get water on Friday.Public works department’s (PWD) water division had taken a shutdown on Thursday between 9am and 2pm for the interconnection of newly laid underground 33kV cable feeder at Selaulim plant and JICA-funded plant at Xelpem, Sanguem. Executive engineer of PWD’s water division at Xelpem, Shrikant Gaonkar, said, “Work was completed by 2pm as per schedule and the plants were functioning by 2.10pm. Resumption of supply to Vasco area was slightly delayed due to the time taken to fill the Verna Master Balancing Reservoir (MBR)”, Gaonkar said, adding that water to Vasco is released from Verna MBR.

Selaulim plant work complete, water released
  • Selaulim plants to be shut down, restricted water today, tomorrow
  • Times of India

    Ponda: Residents of Sanguem, Quepem, Salcete and Mormugao talukas and Agasaim and Borim villagers will get restricted water supply on Thursday and Friday as the PWD water division has planned to interconnect underground power cables at the Selaulim water works on Thursday.Chief engineer of the water division Santosh Mhapne said the water division has proposed a shutdown on Thursday between 9am and 2pm to interconnect the newly laid underground 33KV cable feeder at the Selaulim water treatment plant and the JICA sponsored plant at Selaulim. Both the plants will be shut down as a result.Agasaim village in Tiswadi and parts of Borim village in Ponda taluka get their water supply from the JICA sponsored plant. Water will be released once work is completed. However, resumption of supply to tailends may take slightly longer, Mhapne said.