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Sewage plant: Colva VP to decide next course of action
Source:  The Navhind Times
Thursday, 24 May 2018 01:58

COLVA: Residents of Colva village have put a stop to ongoing work of the Sewerage Infrastructural Development Corporation of Goa while the panchayat is considering the next course of action against the plant after it issued a stop work order earlier this month.

Residents from Colva had last week forced all work on the laying of pipes for the sewerage network to be stopped as the May 15 deadline had crossed.

Speaking to this daily, the sarpanch said that work of fixing the roads had been taken up in several parts of the village and would continue before the monsoon arrive. The panchayat had issued a stop work order earlier this month to the sewerage corporation demanding submission of plans.

Colva VP sarpanch Antonio Fernandes said no plans were received. “We sent the stop work order earlier this month and gave the sewerage corporation 15 days to submit detail plans of the construction of the project, laying of pipelines in the village and details of the treatment of sewerage waste water. But we have not received any plans till date. We will decide the next course of action after the general body meeting to be held next month,” he said.

The previous panchayat body had issued an NOC but after the recently held gram sabha, locals have objected to the granting of NOC. They pointed out that the NOC had been issued only for the village of Colva and said the corporation was misusing the NOC by creating a plant that would cater to the neighbouring villages.

Though it is yet to finalise the next step to take after the issuing of the stop work order, the panch members along with the VP secretary and sarpanch will discuss the issue and decide whether or not to revoke the NOC that was issued to the corporation.

Goan seafarers to support union protest in Mumbai on June 25
Source:  The Navhind Times
Thursday, 24 May 2018 01:58

MARGAO: The Goan Seamen’s Association of India (GSAI) has extended support to the Forward Seamen’s Union of India in their protest to be held in Mumbai on June 25 demanding increase in amount received as pension, family mediclaim and travel allowance.

As part of the awareness campaign, the Union representatives will protest on June 25 celebrated as the International Day of the Seafarer outside the DG Shipping office in Mumbai. “At the moment retired seafarers only receive Rs 200 as part of pension. We account for lakhs of rupees for the economy but are given only Rs 200. Our demand is to increase this amount to Rs 5,000 along with better family mediclaim benefits and travel allowance,” said retired seamen from the Union Shivaji Mindhe who has been travelling coastal India to create awareness about the protest.

Lending support to the cause, GSAI president Dickson Vaz announced at a meeting held on Wednesday with members that the association would support travel and stay for 15 of the association members.

“This agitation is to ensure our demands that we have been making for several years are heard. We have met and discussed with many state and central government officials, but so far nothing has happened. Now we have filed a PIL with all the documents we have collected and we want people from the state to support this protest,” said Vaz.

Lamenting that the state government’s constant decision to change the director of NRI affairs in the state has caused hardships for the community, the Goan Seamen’s Association of India (GSAI) has asked for a fixed official to ensure timely solution to their issues.

Dhavalikar: new Zuari bridge to be ready in 2019
Source:  The Navhind Times
Thursday, 24 May 2018 01:57

VASCO: Claiming that the unique 14-kilometre eight-lane Zuari bridge which is under-construction will have an added special feature of revolving tower and a robotic welding which will be one-of-its-kind in India, Minister for Public Works Department (PWD) Ramakrishna Dhavalikar said that the bridge costing around Rs 3,300 crore will be commissioned in 2019.

Addressing pressmen at the construction site of new bridge over Zuari river at Agassaim on Wednesday, Dhavalikar said that the new bridge will be completed in three stages with stage one consisting of construction of 8.235 kilometre road from Bambolim to Agassaim including 3.33 kilometre elevated bridge, stage two including the bridge over river Zuari of 1.085 kilometre stretch and stage three starting from Verna to Cortalim with 4.316 kilometre stretch.

Dhavalikar also said that as of now about 30 per cent work has been completed. He also maintained that PWD is in the process of acquiring land along the new Zuari bridge site and once completed, money will be credited into the land owner’s bank accounts.

Dhavalikar also disclosed that most of the road works in the state are in completion stage. Giving examples, he said that about 80 per cent work of Canacona road is completed while Dhavali bypass will be completed by July. He said, “About 70 per cent work of road from Char Rasta to Pollem is completed, the work of missing link at Loutolim is in full swing.”

Dhavalikar claimed that the only hurdle in Western bypass is in Margao because public are unnecessarily opposing. He alleged that some politicians are creating hurdles in the Western bypass work for their vested interests. He maintained that the NH17 work will take another four years to complete.

The PWD Minister also said that the widening work of Patradevi-Bambolim NH17 is going on in full swing, but PWD is in the process of acquiring land in some stretches. “In another three years, people will see all NH17 and NH4 turned into four lanes,” said Dhavalikar.

He said that once the Velim-Cuncolim alignment is completed, the PWD authorities will take up the work of Karmal Ghat road.

The PWD Minister disclosed that the Union Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways has sanctioned Rs 60 crore for planting saplings along the highways. He said that the fund has been deposited with Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC).

Meanwhile, clearing apprehensions in the minds of the people in Vasco over the construction of loop-ramp of the elevated road-cum-flyover-cum road over-bridge, PWD Minister Ramakrishna Dhavalikar clarified that the loop ramp which will be constructed in the heart of the town will only be utilised for the exit of vehicles from the city.

“The loop ramp will come down towards new vegetable market from the elevated road-cum-flyover-cum road over bridge at F L Gomes road and the same will be utilised for the exit of vehicles which enter the city, loaded with vegetables and other goods,” said Dhavalikar. He disclosed that the PWD engineers were unaware about the plan due to which there was confusion in the minds of the people.

UAE Entrepreneurs Praise Kerala Nurse's "Heroic Sacrifice", Pledge Support
Source:  NDTV News
Thursday, 24 May 2018 01:57

Two entrepreneurs in the UAE have offered their support to the two young children of an Indian nurse, who died after contracting Nipah virus from patients in Kerala. The Abu Dhabi-based entrepreneurs...

Cook bugged Indian diplomat’s house in Pakistan, gave info to ISI
Source:  Times of India
Thursday, 24 May 2018 01:55

A native of Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand, who worked as a cook at the house of an Indian diplomat in Pakistan for nearly two years, was arrested on Tuesday night for allegedly working for Inter Service Intelligence (ISI) and leaking classified information in exchange of money. ​

Haryana signs 2 MoUs for revival of Sarasvati
Source:  The Hindu
Thursday, 24 May 2018 01:55

Haryana Art and Cultural Affairs Minister Kavita Jain on Wednesday said the State government had roped in national agencies like the Indian Space Rese

Full access granted to Rahul for Mandsaur rally
Source:  The Hindu
Thursday, 24 May 2018 01:50

Old order had set 19 conditions for June 6 event, upsetting Madhya Pradesh Congress leaders

Opposition show of unity in Karnataka at HD Kumaraswamy oath as CM
Source:  Deccan Chronicle
Thursday, 24 May 2018 01:49

Akhilesh, Mayawati, Mamata, Sitaram Yechury, Chandrababu Naidu, pitch for all regional parties to come together.

Digital India: India to have 700 digital villages by the year-end
Source:  The Financial Express
Thursday, 24 May 2018 01:48

Positioned as strategic cornerstone of Digital India programme, the CSC model has adopted six villages in the country in the pilot phase.

Amarinder talks tough on molasses leak in the Beas
Source:  The Hindu
Thursday, 24 May 2018 01:46

Pollution body issues notice to mill; quality of raw water normalising: reports

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