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The Goan (Playstore) 8 pages PRICE ` 6 VOLUME VI, NO. 90 GOA 6 MMC approves setting up of 7 biomethane plants at Sonsodo 2 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 NEWS China moving troops in depth areas opposite Arunachal 7 8 SPORTS I’m ready to unleash special deliveries in IPL: Kuldeep DOUBLE-TRACKING Govt caps private hospital charges, PROJECT ON K’TAKA now pay `25,000 a day for ICU SIDE KEPT ON HOLD CM SAYS IT SHOULD BE AFFORDABLE FOR MANAGEMENTS TO TREAT PATIENTS WILDLIFE BOARD SAYS NO CLEARANCE YET FROM NTCA THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The National Board for Wildlife (NWBL) has decided to keep on hold a proposal for the diversion of 10.45 hectares of forest land for the purpose of doubling of the Tinaighat-Castlerock-Caranzol passing through Dandeli -Anshi Tiger Reserve owing to a lack of clearance from the National Tiger Conservation Authority. In a meeting held on July 3, the NWBL took up the proposal on the Karnataka side of the double-tracking project but decided to “defer the project till the receipt of the report from the NTCA, for further consideration in the matter. The South Western Railway is seeking to double the railway line between Tinaighat in Karnataka and Vasco da Gama in Goa as part of a larger project to double the railway line that runs between Hospet and Vasco da Gama. While the Hospet to Tinaighat section has been completed, the Tinaighat to Vasco IN SHORT >> China has occupied 38,000 sq km in Ladakh: Rajnath NEW DELHI: Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday asserted that China is in unauthorized occupation of about 38,000 square km of land in Ladakh, adding that its action shows its disregard towards our various bilateral agreements. Sudarshan TV show is ‘rabid’, says SC NEW DELHI: There should be some kind of self-regulation in the media, the Supreme Court said on Tuesday while raising questions over a ‘rabid’ Sudarshan TV programme, claimed by the channel in promos as a ‘big expose on conspiracy to infiltrate Muslims in government service’. >> See pg 7 WEATHER >> Max: 29.4C Min: 23.1C Humidity: 96% TIDES Low: High: 03.28 10.10 16.09 22.00 ABOUT THE PROJECT SWR is seeking to double the railway line between Tinaighat in Karnataka and Vasco da Gama in Goa as part of a larger project to double the railway line that runs between Hospet and Vasco da Gama While Hospet to Tinaighat section has been completed, the Tinaighat to Vasco section is now being undertaken and has been met with opposition in Goa as it cuts through Western Ghats forest In April, the NWBL had section is now being undertaken and has been met with opposition in Goa as it cuts through Western Ghats forest. In April this year the NWBL had cleared the diversion of forest land on the Goa side of the project leading to a hue and cry in Goa. The Karnata- cleared the diversion of forest land on the Goa side of the project leading to a hue and cry in Goa Karnataka side of the project is also awaiting clearances from the National Board of Wildlife. Tinaighat- CastlerockCaranzol stretch passes through the Dandeli Anshi Tiger Reserve on the Karnataka side ka side of the project is also awaiting clearances from the National Board of Wildlife. The Tinaighat – Castlerock – Caranzol stretch passes through the Dandeli - Anshi Tiger Reserve on the >Continued on P5 THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The State government has finally taken a decision to cap the rates for Covid-19 treatment in private hospitals with ICU facilities. The decision was taken during a video conference convened by the Chief Minister Pramod Sawant with Health Minister Vishwajit Rane, Health Secretary, Director of Health Services, Dean of GMC, in-charge of SDH Ponda and ESI Covid Hospital, all Covid Center in-charge doctors and all health officers in-charge of health centres and both Collectors and deputy collectors along with mamlatdars. Speaking to the media after the video conference, Sawant stated, “The discussion was centered on the 14 deaths that were recorded in our health bulletin yesterday. It was brought to my notice that a lot of patients are still being brought dead to the hospitals. We are helpless in such cases.” According to the government’s decision, the general wards will be charged at Rs 12,000 per day, twin sharing rooms at Rs 15,000 per day, Govt, Pvt ITIs to start classes from Sept 21 THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI All 13 Industrial Training institutes (ITI) in the State will recommence classes from September 21, the Directorate of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship has announced. The directorate informed that all government and private ITIs will reopen from coming Monday for the existing batches of trainees by following Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Preventive and Response measures as per the guidelines of Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. The Directorate has been implementing various skill development courses through 10 government ITIs and 3 private institutes which are imparting training in 20 engineering trades and 17 non-engineering trades. A statement by the directorate has requested parents to send their trainees/wards to the respective ITIs from Sep- THE RATES Rates fixed after consultation with professionals: Sawant PANAJI: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant when asked to comment on the ‘high’ rates that the government has fixed for private hospitals, said that rates were finalised after consulting with several doctors and stakeholders. “We have decided these rates in consultation with the medical professionals and with owners of these facilities. They have also said that they need to be able to manage the facilities with dedicated staff who end up getting infected and who then need to be rotated with fresh staff,” Sawant said. “They have dedicated doctors and nurses who attend to each patient. It also needs to be sustainable for them to provide these facilities for Covid patients,” Sawant said. single private rooms at Rs 18,000 per day and ICU with ventilator occupancy will be priced at Rs 25,000 per day. The packages will include bed charges, nursing services, medical services of a resident doctor, nutritional diet, PPE kits for the staff and routinely prescribed medicines. However, specialist or intensivist charges, charges of the diagnostic intensivist, uses of special drugs or special equipment during treat- ment and any other procedures or surgeries carried out during the treatment have been excluded from the packages. Also, extra oxygen flow other than ICU will be charged separately. Commenting on this, CM said, “The rates have been fixed for private hospitals accepting Covid-19 patients in consultation with our expert medical team.” >Continued on P5 General wards: Rs 12,000/day Twin sharing room: Rs 15,000/day Single private room: Rs 18,000/day ICU with ventilator: Rs 25,000/day THE PACKAGE Includes bed charges, nursing services, medical services of a resident doctor, nutritional diet, PPE ON PAGE 3 Covid: 11 more succumb, 613 new cases recorded Health dept to maintain database of Covid patients: Vishwajit Rane kits for staff and routinely prescribed medicines NOT INCLUDED Specialist or intensivist charges Charges of diagnostic intensivist Uses of special drugs or special equipment during treatment Other procedures or surgeries carried out during treatment Extra oxygen flow other than ICU DDSSY cover for treatment soon PANAJI: Sources from the Health Department told The Goan that the government is looking to bring Covid-19 treatment at private hospitals under the umbrella of its flagship scheme, the Deen Dayal Swasthya Seva Yojana (DDSSY) in future. SHELL-SHOCKER! Govt to consult managements, teachers on restarting schools PANAJI: The State government on Tuesday said that it will consult school managements, Parent Teachers Associations, teachers and others on reopening of schools. Speaking to media, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said, “we will consult PTAs, school managements and teachers and only then decide about restarting schools”. He said the consultation is scheduled via video conferencing in the coming two days with a few selected schools. In its guidelines for Unlock 4 issued in August, the Ministry of Home affairs allowed schools to partially re-open after September 21. According to the guidelines, students from Classes 9 to 12 are permitted to visit their school to seek guidelines from teachers. tember 21. The training under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana ( PMKVY) for the existing batches will also start from September 21. The institutes will reopen after taking due care by sanitizing the classrooms and workshops, signage at promi- nent places for social distancing and hygiene. All other Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Preventive and Response measures will also be followed strictly. The training had to be suspended due to the sudden outbreak of the Covid -19 pandemic. A huge amount of seashells washed up at the Odxel beach on Tuesday. Seashells are usually found along the coast and are much sought after by children and beachcombers. Narayan Pissurlenkar Cos seek 6 months extension to lift ore THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI A petition filed by Goan mining companies before the Supreme Court of India seeking six months extension for lifting of minerals and iron ore is likely to be placed before the SC bench headed by the Chief Justice of India (CJI) during the next week. In January 2020, the Supreme Court had permitted mining companies to transport iron ore within six months from the date of order. In the petition, mining companies have prayed for a six month extension while stating that certain factors beyond their control such as ceasing of transportation during lockdown imposed due to Covid, time taken by the state to issue permits and so on affected ore transportation. It may be recalled that a mining company had approached the SC seeking more >Continued on P5 Goa Express to start It’s race against time for new Covid hospital to start Ops from Vasco today KEY QUESTIONS WITH OCCUPANCY CERTIFICATE & FIRE NOC YET TO COME... THE GOAN I NETWORK BELAGAVI Commuters travelling to Belagavi and New Delhi can now heave a sigh of relief as Goa Express, which was plying till Londa and Hubbali due to repairs and maintenance of tracks, will resume to and from Vasco from Wednesday. According to a South Western Railway (SWR) release, temporary change in origination/termination of Train 02779/02780 Margao –Hazrat Nizamuddin–Margao Goa Express special will be restored at Vasco with effect from Wednesday. The train will commence the journey from both sides from September 16. As the repair and restoration work has been completed, Train 02779 Vasco-Hazrat Nizamuddin Express Special will originate from Vasco and Train 02780 Hazrat Nizamuddin – Vasco Goa Express Special will now ply till at Vasco from Wednesday. It may be recalled that with the State further opening up as part of the nationwide Unlock 4.0, residents in the port town had demanded resumption of the passenger trains. A special request was also made for the VascoKulem passenger train, from the Vasco railway station which had been in regular service for a long time. THE GOAN I NETWORK MARGAO ust four days to go for Health Minister Vishwajit Rane’s September 19 deadline to open the South Goa district hospital as a Covid hospital, but the same old question has come to haunt the administration -- where’s the occupancy certificate for the imposing five-storied district hospital building? This has thrown up a question or two, whether the government can commission the district hospital without the mandatory Occupancy Certificate from the Margao Municipal Council, more so when the Occupancy certificate is required to obtain J Can the government commission the district hospital without the mandatory Occupancy Certificate from MMC, more so when it is required to obtain the mandatory permissions and sanctions from statutory authorities? Will the Fire Services -- which had inspected the district hospital building last week -- issue the final fire NOC sans the Occupancy certificate? the mandatory permissions and sanctions from statutory authorities. As on Tuesday, the South Goa district hospital had no occupancy certificate issued by the Margao Municipal Council. Whether the Fire Services, which had inspected the district hospital building last week, will issue the final Fire NOC sans the Occupancy certificate is still a question mark. Inquiries by The Goan has revealed that since the Occupancy certificate will come from the Margao Municipality only upon the payment of the construction license fees amounting to Rs 70 lakh, besides other fees, including the license renewal fees. In this respect, sources pointed out that the Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC) had moved a note to the Chief Minister Pramod Sawant to take a call whether the government would go for a waiver in the payment of the construction license fees to the MMC or promise deferred payments in times of pandemic. Sources said the GSIDC has now been left with no option than to move to the Director of Municipal Administrator for assistance by asking the MMC to bail out the administration by accepting the deferred payment proposal, if not an outright waiver. “The first task in hand is to get the DMA request the MMC to issue the occupancy certificate since the district hospital project is a public utility building, with a promise to settle the payments at a later stage”, a senior official informed. It was pointed out the Occupancy Certificate for the five storied building is not only needed to obtain the final fire NOC from the fire services, but to commission the Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) as well as to set up a blood bank in the hospital. The GSIDC had planned to commission the STP Plant in the district hospital by September 20 before obtaining >Continued on P5
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