Times of India | 6 days ago | 14-05-2022 | 01:57 am
Ponda: Shubham Bhople, 21, a labourer from Maharashtra, died on the way to hospital after he was pulled out of an under-construction sewage manhole that flooded at Daag-Kapileshwari in Ponda on Thursday evening. Bhople and Shahbuddin, 18, were de-watering an eight-metre deep manhole of a government sewerage plant around 6.30pm when the water level suddenly rose as the pump used for pumping out water malfunctioned. Shahbuddin managed to climb out, but Bhople could not as he slipped and fell inside. “Bhople slipped into the manhole while trying to come out. His colleagues though managed to bring him out alive, he was declared dead when brought to the hospital,” PI Vijaykumar Chodankar said. Shahbhudin though did not suffer bodily injuries, he is in trauma and undergoing treatment at the sub district hospital (SDH), Ponda. A source from Sewerage Infrastructure Development Corporation of Goa said the workers were engaged by the contractor hired to work till late evening to meet the May-end deadline. While construction of the sewage treatment plant situated at a walkable distance from the manhole was completed a while ago, its trial is pending as four manholes are not ready. PSI Rashmi Bhaidkar is investigating the case.
Ponda: Ponda police arrested Bilal Mohammad Shaikh, a native of Kumta, Karnataka, for kidnapping a one-year-old child from Banastarim in Ponda. The infant has also been rescued. Complainant Suntakki, also a Karnataka native, and Shaikh were residing at Karapur Tisk in Sanquelim. Suntakki’s wife was residing at Banastarim with their kids. Suntakki in his complaint stated that Shaikh took his one-year-old child and went to his native place on Tuesday. Acting on the complaint, the Ponda police rushed to Karnataka and arrested Shaikh and rescued the child. Ponda PI Vijaykumar Chodankar said a case of kidnapping has been registered under the provisions of the IPC and the Goa Children’s Act.
Ponda: Terming the hike in trade licence fee by Ponda Municipal Council as exorbitant, Ponda merchants have demanded that it be rolled back. They also want the decision to impose sanitation fees to be reviewed. A delegation of Ponda Businessmen and Professionals’ Forum, led by its president Manoj Gaonkar met PMC chief officer Yogiraj Gosavi on Thursday. “We only get assurances of taking up this issue in the council meeting, but nothing has happened till date”, Gaonkar said.
Centre gives Rs 15 crore for projectPanaji: The central government has sanctioned a fund of `15 crore for setting up a tribal museum in Ponda.The project cost of `15 crore will be borne by the tribal welfare ministry.In all, 10 museums of this kind will be set up across the country, in the states where tribal movements took place against the colonial rule.“To commemorate the long-overdue sacrifices of the valiant tribal freedom fighters and exhibit their traditional heritage, the ministry is establishing ten tribal freedom fighters museums across the length and breadth of India,” it stated.The ten museums will come up in Gujarat, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Manipur, Mizoram and Goa.The ministry maintained that the tribal museum in Ponda will be established to showcase the contribution of tribal heroes during the Indian freedom struggle in Goa.These museums will further preserve and promote songs, music, art skills, handicraft and crafts passed down from generation to generation.The tribal museums will help educate the younger generation about India’s tribal history and will also boost tourism in the respective regions.The announcement as regards the ten tribal museums were made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year after inaugurating a museum in Ranchi dedicated to Birsa Munda, the folk hero and freedom fighter.
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.
Staff ReporterPondaIn a tragic road accident reported at Baytakhol, Borim, a 36-year-old tipper truck driver was crushed to death after his vehicle crashed into a roadside valley on the downhill stretch of the Ponda-Margao highway on Tuesday evening. The deceased is identified as Vinayak Chari, resident of Sanguem, who is also the owner of the tipper truck.According to Ponda police, the incident occurred at around 3.30 p.m. when the truck was proceeding towards Sanguem from the Khorlim depo with empty soft drink bottles made of glass loaded in it. The tipper truck owner, who is an occasional driver,was alone in the vehicle, which he had chosen to drive as his driver was on leave. As the vehicle reached Baytakhol, Borim the driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into the roadside valley.In this accident the driver got trapped in the vehicle, and was crushed inside due to the impact. Fire personnel rushed to the site and tried to rescue the trapped driver by cutting the door of the vehicle, but he was declared dead on arrival by the doctors at the hospital.In this matter an unnatural death case is registered and further investigation is in progress. Police have also informed that the deceased is survived by his wife and two 8-month old twins.