Times of India | 2 months ago | 14-04-2022 | 01:57 am
Keri: For ages, Goa’s temples have displayed stunning woodwork by local craftsmen mainly from the Chari community. Members of this community inherit the art and skills from generation to generation. Aesthetic pieces of this woodwork can be seen in temples across the state, and some of this exquisite woodwork is on display only during annual or seasonal temple festivals and fairs. On the auspicious day of the Hindu new year Gudi Padwa, the Chari artisans visit temples and cut a piece of wood from the trunk of a mango tree which is then worshipped as ‘Holi’. By using their chisels and hammers, they skilfully carve out the image of ‘Giroba’. The work begins in the morning and the image is ready by evening. Sanskruti Naik, an artist from Mencure, Bicholim who visited Mopa to witness the event said, “The image of Giroba is then worshipped through the year by locals as a wish-fulfilling deity. Devotees also come here from different areas along the Goa-Maharashtra border.” The art and craft associated with wood carving is also seen in the roofing, furniture and artistic panels in temples across Goa. The Chari community — also known as ‘mest’ — carry out their work manually. The carved motifs on the wooden panels of temples reflect the skill, talent and variety of their craftsmanship. For their contribution in many areas of Goa, the temple committees and the comunidade institutions once allotted Chari families agricultural fields for tilling. This has helped them thrive efficiently in villages and hence continue providing their services to temples. Among the twelve elders who are locally known as ‘Barazan’, the representatives of Chari community are also recognised during the annual celebration throughout Goa. Prakash Chari from Sal, Bicholim, told TOI, “Once, the members of our community were involved in fairs and festivals of villages, and their contribution was duly honoured. In some villages, despite the involvement in different jobs and assignments, we have maintained the tradition of working during the annual celebration with dedication and devotion.”
Bicholim: The Setu Sangam riverfront project proposed for Bicholim will have a boating facility and a lake at Valshi will be developed, said Ganesh Gaonkar, chairperson of Goa tourism development corporation (GTDC) during his visit to the town recently. Gaonkar said that experts will examine the area before kicking off the project. “The area has a potential for developing it for touristic purpose,” he said during his visit to the town. Gaonkar said the town has historical sites which can be thrown open for tourist visits by adding a few facilities. “There needs to create good accommodation facilities to ensure steady flow of tourists and that he will look into it,” he said. Gaonkar was accompanied by Bicholim MLA Chandrakant Shetye, who said that Bicholim’s rich cultural and historical heritage needs to be exposed to the outside world.
Bicholim: Eight councillors of the ruling BJP group at Bicholim municipality have tabled a no-confidence motion against deputy chairperson Tanuja Gaonkar. The motion has been signed by chairperson Kundan Falari, Sudan Govekar, Vijaykumar Natekar, Nilesh Tople, Aniket Chanekar, Deepa Pal, Sukhda Teli, and Ranjana Vaingankar. The municipality is represented by 14 councillors. Gaonkar is also a member of the ruling group. Earlier, Gaonkar had announced her resignation, but later withdrew it. Sources said that six members of the BJP group are supported by two councillors from the opposition camp. The other councillors include Satish Gaonkar, Riaz Beg, Deepa Shirgaonkar, Aparna Fogeri and Gunjan Korgaonkar.
Keri: Officials of the Keri forest range rescued six plum-headed parakeets from two households where they had been kept in captivity. The bird is listed under appendix II of CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora). It is also listed in the Schedule IV of the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972. Round Forester of Bicholim Pradip Sinari told TOI that they had received information about the birds being kept in captivity. “We explained to the family members that it is illegal to keep these birds in captivity. Presently, the parakeets are in our custody and our rescuers are taking care of them,” Sinari said. Range forest officer of Keri, Shyamsundar Gawas, said that he has instructed his staff to “handover the birds to the Bondla zoo, as they are in need of treatment and rehabilitation”. Officials who rescued the birds said that a pink-purple-headed male and a grey-headed female were kept as pets by causing damage to their wings. Besides these, four juvenile plum-headed parakeets were rescued from another house. These birds are of forest and open Woodland and endemic to the Indian subcontinent. President of the Animal Rescue Squad of Bicholim, Amrut Singh, told TOI, “Keeping plum-headed parakeets in captivity is illegal as the bird is included in India’s protected species of birds list. Hence, it cannot be trapped or kept in captivity or sold. These parakeets were kept as pets.” Plum-headed parakeets are known as talking birds and are in high demand as pets.
Bicholim: Water resources minister Subhash Shirodkar said that the Amthane dam and Sal bandhara become tourist attractions once beautification works are completed. He said that the works will start after three months and will cost between Rs15-20 crore. He visited the Amthane dam in Bicholim and also inspected the ongoing water extraction project in the Chapora river at Mandveshwar, on Friday. “I have been visiting flood-prone areas to get an understanding of the remedial measures needed to avoid flooding. It is very important to desilt rivers and rivulets,” Shirodkar said. The minister said that a flood-protection wall will be constructed at Sal to reduce the risk of flooding. “The retaining wall of the Tillari canal from Tillari to Goa has become weak and during heavy rain the canal breaches and water enters farms. The retaining wall will be reconstructed in association with the Maharashtra government. There is more water in the Chapora river basin and the risk of flooding will be lessened if this water is extracted and diverted. At present 40% water is available in the Amthane dam,” Shirodkar said
Bicholim: Following reports that the mining pits in Bicholim taluka are in need of urgent safety measures to avoid any tragedy during the monsoon, a team of senior officers headed by North Goa collector, Mamu Hage, inspected the pits on Friday. Hage instructed the mining company and administrative officials to undertake safety measures wherever necessary to avoid any eventualities during the monsoon. He also instructed the officers of various departments and mining companies present to provide pumping facilities for all trenches to prevent emergency situations and to undertake precautionary measures where there are possibilities of breaching of dumped ore. The collector also instructed the mamlatdar and deputy collector to remain vigilant during the monsoon. Sites at Kudne, Sanquelim, Shirgaon, Lamgaon, Poira, Bicholim and Mulgaon villages were inspected. Chief minister Pramod Sawant has asked the administration to submit a report on the safety measures to be adopted in association with mining companies. Asked about the situation, Sawant said two to three mining pits are risky and efforts are on to undertake rewatering. In a Pissurlem mine, a pump has been set up and, by Monday, dewatering will start in the other two. Meanwhile, an emergency control room has been set up in Bicholim taluka and mamlatdar Laxmikant Kuttikar and officers of various departments have been instructed to adopt safety measures with the cooperation of talathis and panch members.