log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday WEDNESDAY MARCH 3, 2021 Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday The Goan (Playstore) 8 pages PRICE ` 6 PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VI, NO. 252 Chatbots that resurrect dead GOA 6 With poll code relief, MMC to select contractor for biodigester plant 2 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 N EWS No Chinese attack behind Mumbai outage, clarifies minister HC declines to stay public hearing on Coastal Plan ASKS PETITIONERS TO APPROACH NATIONAL GREEN TRIBUNAL THE GOAN I NETWORK HC OBSERVATIONS PANAJI The Bombay High Court at Goa has declined to stay the public hearing for the Goa Coastal Zone Management Plan that has been scheduled on March 7 instead directing the petitioners to approach the National Green Tribunal since that alternate remedy was available to them. When the matter came up for hearing the Advocate General Devidas Pangam told the court that the issue of preparation of the CZMPs is being continuously monitored by the National Green Tribunal that it is in pursuance of and in compliance with the orders made by the National Green Tribunal from time-to-time that steps are being taken to finalise the CZMP. Since, NGT is entirely seized with this issue we feel that it will not be appropriate for us to entertain the present petition It would be appropriate that the petitioners are relegated to avail the remedy before NGT itself Without going into merits, we dispose of this petition by granting liberty to petitioners to take out appropriate proceedings before NGT Adv Pangam told the court that the petitioners have alternate and efficacious remedy available before the National Green Tribunal. “It would be appropriate that the petitioners are relegated to this alternate remedy, as otherwise, there could be a possibility of conflicting orders,” Adv Pangam said. On the other hand Adv Carolline Collaso told the court that the time was too short for the petitioners to institute proceedings before the National Green Tribunal while also pointing out that the National IN SHORT >> Taximen give one month ultimatum to scrap GoaMiles PANAJI: Taxi owners have given one month ultimatum to government to scrap taxi aggregator app- GoaMiles. On Tuesday, a large number of taxi owners assembled outside RTO office in Panaji and reiterated their demand of scraping GoaMiles App. Goa govt will be responsible if there is any law and order problem after March 31 as taxi owners will come on the streets with their families, taxi owners said addressing media. >> See pg 3 State moves SC on HC’s quota order PANAJI: The State government on Tuesday filed its appeal in Supreme Court against the High Court order quashing elections in 5 municipalities. Our efforts are towards ensuring that democracy should be installed at the earliest CM Pramod Sawant said, reacting to the HC order. 54 students Covid +ve in Haryana NEW DELHI: Fifty-four students of a school in Haryana’s Karnal have tested positive for coronavirus, officials said. The state in December had allowed students from Classes 9 to 12 to go to schools. Three students of the school in Karnal were found positive on Monday. After contacttracing and testing more students, 54 more were found positive, officials said. Jio top buyer at spectrum auction NEW DELHI: India’s first auction of telecom spectrum in five years ended on Tuesday with Rs 77,814.80 crore of airwaves being bought, mostly by Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio. Over 2,250 MHz of spectrum, in seven bands worth nearly Rs 4 lakh crore at the reserve or start price, was offered for bidding which began on Monday. WEATHER >> Max: 33.5 C Min: 25.4 C Humidity: 96% TIDES Low: High: 07.33 01.10 19.41 13.59 CZMP not a plan to show houses but only demarcation of area under CRZ notification: Cabral >> See pg 3 GreenTribunal has never said that the public hearing should not be in accordance with law and the provisions of Environment Protection Act and the Rules made there under. “The affidavit filed on behalf of the respondents indicates that in terms of the latest directions of the National Green Tribunal, the CZMP to be finalised by the end of January, 2021. Since, the National Green Tribunal is entirely seized with this issue of finalization of CZMP, we feel that it will not be appropriate Goa to play host to urban water transport systems CENTRE TO OPERATIONALISE 23 WATERWAYS BY 2030 THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said steps are being taken to introduce urban water transport systems in key states and cities such as Goa, Gujarat, Kochi and Mumbai. The prime minister was speaking after inaugurating the ‘Maritime India Summit 2021’ through video conferencing. Denmark’s Minister of Transport Benny Englebrecht, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, the chief ministers of Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh, union ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and Mansukh Mandaviya attended the ceremony via video conferencing. The prime minister invited the world to come to India and be a part of India’s growth trajectory. “India is very serious about growing in the maritime sector and emerging as a leading Blue Economy of the world. Through the focus areas of upgradation of infrastructure, boosting reform journey, India aims to strengthen the vision of Aatamnirbhar Bharat,” he said. He noted that instead of a piecemeal approach, focus is on the entire sector as one. He Chief Minister Pramod Sawant attending the inauguration ceremony of ‘Maritime India Summit 2021’ via video conferencing. informed that capacity of major ports have increased from 870 million tonnes in 2014 to 1,550 million tonnes now. “Indian ports now have measures such as Direct port Delivery, Direct Port Entry and an upgraded Port Community System (PCS) for easy data flow. Our ports have reduced waiting time for inbound and outbound cargo.” “Ours is a government that is investing in waterways in a way that was never seen before. Domestic waterways are found to be cost effective and environment friendly ways of transporting freight. We aim to operationalise 23 >Continued on P5 FUTURE PERFECT Domestic waterways found to be cost effective and environment friendly ways of transporting freight. Programme for developing tourism in the land adjacent to 78 lighthouses India to focus on domestic ship building and ship repair market Approval given to Shipbuilding Financial Assistance Policy for Indian Shipyards for us to entertain the present petition. Rather, it would be appropriate that the petitioners are relegated to avail the remedy before the National Green Tribunal itself,” the High Court bench of Justices M S Sonak and Bharati Dangre observed. “Therefore, without going into the merits of the issues raised and leaving open all contentions of all parties, we dispose of this petition by granting liberty to the petitioners to take out appropriate proceedings before the National Green Tribunal,” the Court ruled. The petitions were filed by the AVCB Traditional Fishermen’s Association as well as the Goenchea Raponkarancho Ekvott which had argued for a postponement of the public hearings. Reserve Bank extends curbs on MUCB by three months 7 NEW DELHI he government on Tuesday directed States and Union Territories to utilise all private hospitals as Covid-19 vaccination centres. Even those private hospitals which are not under any central schemes such as the AB-PMJAY, CGHS, and State insurance schemes can also be utilised as vaccination sites, it said. R S Sharma, the Chairman of the Empowered Group (EG) on Covid-19 Vaccine Administration in a briefing on Tuesday said state governments are coordinating with hospitals and supplying vaccines to them and “we are encouraging them to involve more and more private hospitals”. About 50 lakh people have T Over 2000 senior citizens get first dose of Covishield PANAJI: A total of 2,020 senior citizens and persons between 45 and 59 years of age received the first dose of ‘Covishield’ Covid vaccine across the state on Tuesday. While 1,853 people above 60 years of age received the vaccine, 167 persons within 45 and 59 years of age with co-morbidities were administered the vaccine. The turnout was much higher in South Goa with 1,089 persons receiving the vaccine while 931 people got the jabs in North Goa. Meanwhile, 47 new cases of the infection were detected from among the 1,554 samples tested in the last 24 hours. No Covid fatalities were recorded in the mortality bulletin of the state on Tuesday. registered themselves on the Co-WIN portal, without any system glitch, since the window opened Monday morning, the Centre said Tuesday, adding that over 2.08 lakh beneficiaries above 60 or those aged 45-60 with co-mor- Pitch for fourth Test will be similar to last two Tests: Rahane 8 CZMP hearing: Plans afoot to cap number of people SCHEDULE, SOPS BEING PUT IN PLACE THE GOAN I NETWORK MARGAO Citizens, beware. If you are bracing up to throng the Ravindra Bhavan, Margao on March 7 for the public hearing for South Goa to register your protest and objections against the controversial Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP), don’t be surprised if the authorities cap the number of participants at the hearing. That’s not all. Sources said the authorities may also cap the time for each of the participants at the hearing, with officials in the know saying each participant may get just five minutes to speak. If sources are to be believed, a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) is being put in place, not just to cap the number of participants at the public hearing, but to restrict the entry only to the participants registering for the hearing. The Ravindra Bhavan auditorium, which has a capacity PLAN OF ACTION Authorities mull utilising only 50 per cent hall capacity of Ravindra Bhavan in view of Covid-19 pandemic Entry to be restricted for participants who have registered to attend the hearing Participants to be given just five minutes to make their point GCZMA Director says Department of Environment going ahead with hearing on scheduled date and time to accommodate 1000-odd audience at any given time, is being considered for the March 7 public hearing for South Goa. However, the authorities are in the process of putting a SOP in place, proposing to utilize only 50 per cent hall capacity in view of Covid-19 pandemic. Locals, police face-off on day-2 of Mopa stir When The Goan called up the Director, Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) Dashrat Redkar to shed light on the South Goa Public hearing at the Ravindra Bhavan, he said the department of Environment is going ahead with the hearing on the scheduled date and time. He, however, hastened to add that the South Goa district authorities will take a call how to go about in conducting the hearing, “There was a petition filed in the High Court on the public hearing. As of now, the Court had not barred the department from holding the public hearing”, Redkar said, while saying that the department is going ahead with the planned scheduled on March 7. When asked how the department will go about the matter since the CZMP affects dozens of villages, besides towns in South Goa, Redkar shot back saying the district >Continued on P5 Mhadei: Facts will come out after inspection, asserts Sawant THE GOAN I NETWORK THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI In further bad news for the beleaguered Madgaum Urban Cooperative Bank (MUCB), the Reserve Bank of India has extended the restrictions imposed on the bank for another three months. The restrictions imposed by the apex bank will now continue till June 2, 2021. The Madgaum Urban Co-operative Bank Ltd, Margao was placed under directions vide directive dated April 26, 2019 from the close of business on May 2, 2019 for a period of six months. The validity of the above directions was extended from time to time, the last being vide up to March 2, 2021. The validity has now been extended for a further period of three months from March 3, 2021 to June 2, 2021, as per the RBI directive dated March 2, 2021, subject to review. The bank was also recently issued a notice to show cause within one month why the license issued to the bank should not be withdrawn and the bank liquidated. The MUCB Board of Directors had later met under the Chairmanship of Kishore Narvekar and took stock of the situation arising out of the show cause issue by the RBI to the bank on license withdrawal. PANAJI Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday expressed confidence that the upcoming inspection at Kalsa-Bhandura canal site will place “the real facts before the Supreme Court”. CM Sawant was commenting on the latest media reports about drying up of the Kalsa-Bhandura canal waters. He informed that Goa has already appointed its engineer on the joint committee to carry out an inspection at the canal site as per Supreme Courts order. The committee has been mandated to find out whether the water is being diverted by Karnataka towards Malaprabha basin. The four weeks’ time given to the committee is scheduled to conclude on March 22. “Supreme Court has given four weeks to conduct the inspection and submit the report. Goa has already appointed its engineer. But Karnataka and Maharashtra have yet to appoint their engineers. We are sure that whatever the real facts are, will come before the Supreme Court,” CM said. A group of locals and a police force at Tulaskarwadi-Pernem during the ongoing survey for the Dhargal-Mopa link highway. Nivrutti Shirodkar THE GOAN I NETWORK PERNEM Police detained one protestor as locals continued their protest for the second day at Tulaskarwadi-Pernem to oppose a survey for the Dhargal-Mopa link highway leading to the proposed Mopa airport. Locals gathered for the second day at Tulaskarwadi to object to a government team from surveying the site for the land acquisition process. A police team was stationed at the site to avoid and law and order problem during the survey work. One women protestor fainted during the agitation and was later taken to a hospital in a 108 ambulance. Police later detained a local Ramakant Tulaskar and Now, Pvt hospitals roped in as vaccination centres PTI SPORTS 410 SENIOR CITIZENS GET COVID JAB AT MARGAO TB HOSPITAL >> See pg 2 bidities have received the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine till this afternoon. The vaccination drive for those over 60 years of age and within the age bracket of 45-60 years with specified co-morbidities began on March 1, and the registration opened at 9 am Monday on the Co-WIN portal — cowin.gov.in. In the first two phases so far, 1,48,55,073 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the country till 1 pm on Tuesday, out of which 67,04,856 healthcare workers have been given the first dose of the vaccine and 25,98,192 healthcare workers have been administered the second dose, government officials told a press conference here. Besides, 53,43,219 frontline workers have been administered the first dose of vaccine till now, they said. As many as 2,08,791 people above 60 years of age and those aged 45-60 years with co-morbidities have taken the first dose of the vaccine, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan told the weekly press conference. R S Sharma said there were no glitches in the system. What happened was that people were looking for an App on Playstore which appeared similar to Co-WIN and started using that, when no mobile App meant for registration was actually present. took him to the police station, where he was released after a few hours. The locals are upset that additional land is being acquired for the link road leading to the airport, after having acquired huge land for the Mopa airport project. Protestors chanted anti-government slogans during the survey and have also refused to accept jobs and other offers from the government. “If the government wants our land, they will have to run their bulldozer over our bodies,” shouted one agitated protester.
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