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The State government has not yet given its nod to the Indian Navy to take over the two islands off Mormugao coast, according to a reply given by the Defence Minister A K Antony to Goa’s Rajya Sabha member Shantaram Naik.
The Indian Navy has sought to take over the Pequeno Island admeasuring 2,78,525 square metres that belongs to the Government of Goa and the privately owned Grande Island having an area of 5,28,575 square metres.
The reasons cited for the take over is security concerns given the fact that these islands are less than four kilometers from the landing funnel of the Dabolim airport and also due to the aircraft operations from the Naval air station at Dabolim.
Eight of the 11 municipal councils that went to polls will have their chairperson and vice-chairperson elected unopposed while elections to these posts will be held at Mapusa, Pernem and Curchorem-Cacora.
At Mapusa Sudhir Kandolkar and Vijeta Naik have filed their nominations for the post of chairperson and vice-chairperson respectively as candidates backed by the BJP supported panel.
Contesting against them are Subhash Kalangutkar for chairperson and Deepak Mahadeshri for vice-chairperson as candidates of the Congress backed Mapusa Nagrik Samiti.
Mumbai based Arihant Shipbreaking Ltd. with its lowest bid of 99 crore is the front runner to get the job of removing River Princess that has been lying off the Candolim coast for nearly a decade now. Besides, Arihant has also offered to complete the job in 180 days.
The other shortlisted companies’ bids are not only higher, but they also asked for longer time to complete the job.
Goa government has taken up with the Union Minister for External Affairs S M Krishan the problems posed to its tourism industry due to the visa policy of the Union Government.
The main concern at the moment is the three weeks time it takes to issue Visas which is proving to be a big deterrent for Europeans wishing to visit Goa for a holiday.
In fact, the first chartered flight from Poland that was expected to land in Goa in the first week of November has been delayed because of this problem.
Residents of Honda in Sattari taluka who are suffering due to air pollution have demanded the setting up of a pollution monitoring system in their village. The demand was made when a delegation met Goa Pollution Control Board Chairman Simon D’Souza.
Hanumant Parab, a resident of Honda who was part of the delegation disclosed that the GPCB has promised to install the system in Honda and Sonshi areas, by engaging a private firm.
For past 14 years, Dhansodo Torl in Shiroda has been plagued with stone quarries. The resultant dust and noise pollution has made it extremely difficult for the residents of this area to survive in such drastic conditions.
According to the residents of Dhansodo Torl, an area of 30000 sq. mts. of the Communidade land has been reserved only for farmers. The villagers are mostly dependent on farming on this land and for more than 35 years, have been cultivating crops like rice, beans, millet, etc.
However, some of the land owners in this area have started mining in residential areas. These mines have been problematic for the residents as they create noise and air pollution which affects the health of the children and adults too. It also leads to degradation of the soil.
Only two nominations have been filed for the post of Chairperson and Vice-chairperson by Suchita Shirodkar and Manish Arolkar in the Mormugao Municipal Council.
Earlier 13 out of the 20 elected councillors from Mormugao Municipal Council had come together under the banner ‘Peoples Council Panel’ in order to prevent Jose Philip D’Souza from installing his wife Neny as the chairperson. These councillors from BJP, Congress and the ones not affiliated to any political party felt that the municipal elections were not held on party lines.