Times of India | 2 months ago | 24-09-2022 | 11:41 am
PANAJI: Calangute MLA Michael Lobo on Friday said that there’s been an increase in various fees for shack owners, and asked chief minister Pramod Sawant to reduce them. Lobo said that Sawant promised he would look into the matter. Lobo met Sawant and discussed issues pertaining to stakeholders of the tourism industry. The Calangute MLA said that tourism minister Rohan Khaunte has started the shack allotment process and even granted a one-year extension. “The finance department has increased fees for shack licenses by 80% and deck bed fees have increased from Rs 10,000 to Rs 25,000. Even garbage fees have been added, which was never there earlier,” Lobo said. He said that the shack owners’ association has urged the CM to provide some relief where fees are concerned. “All shacks do not do the same business,” Lobo said. “Some shacks at good locations will not have problems paying the fee. But there are some locations with very few tourists, and they may face issues.” The Calangute MLA said many shack owners have not paid last year’s fees, and that the tourism department told them their licence would not be renewed.
Panaji: BJP South Goa in-charge and Union minister of state for skill development and entrepreneurship, electronics and IT, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, will hold a brainstorm meeting with BJP functionaries, ministers and MLAs at Margao to chalk out a plan to win the South Goa Lok Sabha parliamentary seat. Chandrasekhar will arrive in Goa on Tuesday on a two-day visit as part of the Lok Sabha Pravas programme.He will be holding extensive meetings with party karyakartas and BJP functionaries from the state. He will also meet the legislators and ministers of the state.The Union minister will visit the district office at Margao and meet the chairperson and councillors of the Margao Municipal Council and sarpanches, deputy sarpanches and elected representatives of South Goa panchayats and zilla panchayat.Discussions will be held on the progress of Central government schemes in the region.
Panaji: The state government is looking at setting up wind power plants as a demonstration project, at Goa University.The Goa Energy Development Agency (GEDA) has invited tenders for the supply, installation, testing, commissioning and maintenance of 2.2kW grid-connected wind power plants. The plants — with small aero-generator (wind) power systems — will be set up on existing towers at Goa University. Work must be completed within 45 days from the date of issue of the work order.GEDA has stated that the intending tenderer must have five years of experience in supply, installation, testing and commissioning of wind power systems, and a minimum annual turnover of Rs 20 lakh over the past three years exclusively in the business, without having had incurred losses during this period.The wind power plant will include aero-generators with instrumentation for power/data measurements, junction boxes, grid tie inverters, cooling, enclosed construction and cables, among other aspects.
Panaji: Old Goa police on Monday arrested Satish Yallappa Hiranwale, 42, from Sangolda in a hit-and-run case that saw one fatality. Old Goa PI Satish Padwalkar said that the accused, who was driving a four-wheeler in an inebriated condition, had hit a two-wheeler at the Kadamba bypass, causing serious injuries to the rider and the pillion rider.Pillion rider Kaushal Bandodkar, 25, a resident of Chimbel, succumbed to his injuries while undergoing medical treatment at Goa Medical College. Padwalkar said that the vehicle involved in the accident was traced late Sunday night at Sangolda, and Hiranwale, who was not traceable, was arrested from a forest area in Guirim-Sangolda.After hitting the two-wheeler, the accused fled without administering any medical aid to the victims and without informing police.
PANAJI: BJP South Goa in-charge and Union minister of state for skill development and entrepreneurship, electronics and IT, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, will hold a brainstorm meeting with BJP functionaries, ministers and MLAs at Margao to chalk out a plan to win the South Goa Lok Sabha parliamentary seat. Chandrasekhar will arrive in Goa on Tuesday on a two-day visit as part of the Lok Sabha Pravas programme. He will visit the district office at Margao and meet the chairperson and councillors of the Margao Municipal Council and sarpanches, deputy sarpanches and elected representatives of South Goa panchayats and zilla parishad. Discussions will be held on the progress of Central government schemes in the region.
CALANGUTE: Police and panchayats have to act tougher to bring the problem of touts under control in the Calangute coastal belt, according to Calangute MLA Michael Lobo. Talking to media, he said touts misguiding and cheating tourists is giving the coastal belt a bad name and though police have been taking action by fining them, more needs to be done. “There are some touts who are looting tourists. They will approach tourists and tell them that they will take them to so-and-so club where there are women available, but when they reach there, there is nothing inside. That’s the reason we see fights between tourists and touts. To control this policing should be increased,” Lobo said. “They also use swipe machines and take Rs 20,000 or more. When the tourists complain to police, police call the touts and make them refund the money. But they don’t register an offence. They should file an FIR,” Lobo said. He said with the new tourist season having started, a lot of people from other states are coming to Goa and getting into illegal activities. “Although police have been arresting a large number of drug peddlers, new drug peddlers keep coming from other states and also many locals get into these illegal activities. We have to see how to stop this and make Goa the safest destination,” he said, referring to the recent incident of a woman tourist from Delhi who was hospitalised after allegedly overdosing on illicit drugs at a nightclub in Vagator.