Times of India | 7 months ago | 15-11-2021 | 05:51 am
Vasco: Goa airport has taken steps to give visitors a Goan feel from the minute they arrive. Airport director Gagan Malik said there is quite a lot about Goa that people do not know and that the airport authorities are attempting to highlight those facets. As part of the initiative, the arrival lounge and the aiprortâs compound wall have art work showcasing various heritage sites of Goa. The entrance gate, meanwhile, has been given a carnival look with face masks decorating the area and colourful illumination at night. âPeople feel that Goa is about beaches and merry-making. But Goa is also a serious destination that is rich in heritage. Itâs nice to see people taking selfies at the entrance gate of airport. Visitors are also often seen exploring Goa at the airport itself,,â Malik said.
At a time showcause notices have been issued to at least three properties in which Congress leader Micheal Lobo is a partner, the state’s Town and Country Planning (TCP) minister Vishwajit Rane Sunday promised to expose “illegalities” of people in high positions.Rane had earlier suspended the outline development plans of Parra-Arpora-Nagoa, Calangute-Candolim (all in Bardez) and Vasco (south Goa), saying they would be reviewed because of “discrepancies”. He had sparred with Lobo over the TCP’s decision and Lobo had also alleged that he was being “targeted”.Rane said in a social media post: “Illegalities of people in high holding positions will be exposed. Investigation in this matter is still in process. I appeal to the people of Goa to see the caliber of people you elect. These people are the ones who at the cost of their power make profit for personal gains.”“I would like to say that we are in the final stages of closing the issues, making necessary corrections and reverting them back to its status in ODPs and Regional Plan 2021 in ODP areas where illegalities have been done and areas have been wrongfully converted for personal gains,” Rane wrote. He also said that some people had been threatened, compelled to sell their land and have had their properties shown as orchards and open spaces.“….it is pretty interesting to note how people are in a hurry to know the outcome. Those making statements should have some patience and wait for the report to be tabled on the floor of the house,” Rane wrote in a tweet. He had earlier said that he would make important revelations in the upcoming monsoon session of the Goa legislative assembly next month.Lobo, the leader of opposition in the Goa legislative assembly was a minister in the previous Pramod Sawant-led government in the state. He joined the Congress ahead of the legislative assembly polls held in February. He won his seat of Calangute for the Congress and his wife Delilah Lobo, brought the Siolim seat to the party that now has 11 members in the 40-member Goa legislative assembly.A day earlier, Lobo had shared a news flash about the deteriorating health of Anganwadi workers who had been protesting against the government. In a veiled reference to Rane, who also holds the health and women and child development portfolios, he wrote, “Instead of targeting opposition MLAs the minister would do well to concentrate for the well-being of people and stop injustice and harassment being done to poor Goans.”The Special Investigation Team (SIT) set up by Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has been probing cases of illegal land grab in the state and has so far arrested four persons. The Goa police has also been shuttering illegal massage centres in the state and has conducted several raids.Rane has received a slew of complaints, 61 at last count, after he asked people of the state to report illegal constructions and illegal usurping of land by alleged tampering with land use records on his email address.Lobo is a three-time MLA from Calangute and an influential figure in the Bardez taluka of North Goa where popular beaches such as Baga, Calangute, Candolim and Anjuna are located. This area has been a thriving tourist spot for decades, with several hotels, restaurants and places for tourist activities.
Vasco: Office of the Vasco fire station began temporary shifting on Tuesday to the disaster management premises at Dabolim. The decision was taken after Vasco fire station officer Francisco Mendes, on Tuesday morning, sought panchayats minister and Dabolim MLA Mauvin Godinho’s assistance in view of the problems being faced due to the ongoing work of the new fire station building. By afternoon, the shifting began on instructions of the panchayats minister. Mendes said once they vacate the existing structure, the contractor will be able to complete the work of the new building faster. Godinho said as the monsoon has already set in, there will be incidents which the firemen will have to attend to and hence, a premises is needed for them to operate from. Vasco MLA Krishna Salkar said the piling work of the new fire station project is ongoing and due to the wet mud, the fire personnel were facing difficulty to operate from the premises. On the safety equipment, Mendes said that last year they faced problems due to the lack of equipment, but now they have most of them. “There won’t be a shortage of staff as the recruitment in the fire safety department is ongoing,” he added.
Vasco: Anup Devidas Sawal, 28, a resident of Dabolim, died on the spot after his two-wheeler hit a parked trailer on the Verna highway, late Sunday night. Verna police said that the accident occurred when Sawal was proceeding from the Sancole junction to the Birla cross road. This is the second fatal accident in the Verna police jurisdiction. Four days ago, a 54-year-old New Vaddem resident lost his life after a two-wheeler rammed into his scooter near MES college junction.
Vasco: Women fish vendors at the new Vasco fish market shed have complained about lack of water supply at the shed, waterlogging and dangerous overhanging branches. They have demanded that the Mormugao Municipal Council (MMC) act swiftly and provide them proper facilities. The vendors recently shifted to the temporary shed to make way for a new fish market complex at the location of their old shed. They had written to the MMC chief officer, with a copy to Vasco MLA Krishna Salkar, requesting for cleanliness, water supply, and proper toilet facility at the new shed, besides also requesting that the overhead branches posing a risk to their lives be trimmed. A woman fish vendor said that they need to clean the market in the evening before leaving, but there is no provision for water supply. Further, the toilet facility too lacks proper water supply, which is an inconvenience to them, she said. Another vendor said that, on Sunday, a branch fell on the head of one woman sitting outside the shed. “Such incidents should not happen and precautions need to be taken,” she said. Meanwhile, it was learnt that the MMC will install a pump to flush out stagnant water from the shed. The water supply problem will also be resolved, councillor Girish Borkar said.
Panaji: After organising four ‘meet your soulmate’ meetings at Margao, Panaji, Vasco and Mapusa to help persons with disabilities (PwD) find life partners, the Disability Rights Association of Goa (DRAG) has decided to move the meeting online to have a wider reach and allow PwDs and others to connect from the comfort of their own homes. “It will be a Zoom meeting where persons with disabilities and without can introduce themselves and get to know each other. They can share their expectations of a life partner and connect with anyone they’re interested in during the meeting or ask us later for details,” said DRAG president Avelino de Sa. The association has already received more than 50 registrations after it held physical sessions last year. Goans based in the Gulf, as well as non-Goans in neighbouring states, have expressed interest in joining such sessions to find life partners, said one of the organisers, Vishant Nagvekar. “We are not trying to get people married. We are just helping people network, and if any two people are interested in each other, they could get married,” he said. The association has collected biodatas and is looking at making it inclusive, where people without disabilities can find their soulmates in persons having disabilities. Nagvekar said that while there has been a good response at earlier meetings, people need to show more seriousness and frequently visit their programmes if they're looking to find their soulmate. The association has collected biodatas and is looking at making it inclusive, where people without disabilities can find their soulmates in persons having disabilities