log on to thegoan.net SATURDAY MAY 21, 2022 @thegoaneveryday 12 pages PRICE ` 6 Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday The Goan (Playstore) PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VII, NO. 333 Govt cracks whip, FIRs booked for hill cutting PANAJI Town and Country Planning Minister, Vishwajit Rane, on Friday said two First Information Reports (FIRs) have been lodged in connection with complaints alleged illegal hill cutting in Arpora and Calangute, both villages in the Calangute constituency represented by Opposition Leader Michael Lobo. According to Rane, a team conducted detailed investigations at the site after complaints were received against illegal hill cutting in the two cases. “An FIR has been lodged for hill cutting in Survey No 518, 51/8-B, 51/8B-1 and 51/8D under section 17-B of the TCP Act, 1974,” Rane said on the micro-blogging site Twitter. Rane said, illegalities will not be tolerated and strict action will be taken against violators. In the case of Arpora village, Rane said a complaint was received against hill cutting in survey no. 94/1filed by Calangute Constituency Forum. “Upon investigation, an FIR has been lodged for hill cutting & violating section 17-A of TCP Act, 1974. Meanwhile, the forest de- THE GOAN I NETWORK Available at: OFFENCE BOOKED FOR MANGROVE DESTRUCTION partment has booked an offence under provisions of the Goa Preservation of Trees Act, 1984, for destruction of mangroves along the national highway at Merces. Rane, who also holds the Forest portfolio said, a notice has also been issued to the Comunidade which owns the land where 29 mangrove trees were destroyed. The issue had been highlighted through the media on Thursday by Merces residents and local farmers who had alleged that the tenant association had illegally cut mangroves and damaged the sluice gates. Sub-Divisional Forest Officer (SDFO) and Panjim Range staff conducted the inspection after a report was prepared by the Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (APCCF). “The land belonged to Comunidade and the offence is committed by their tenant association,” Rane said. Over the last several weeks, the departments under Rane, particularly the TCP and Forest, have gone on an overdrive checking and prosecuting land and forest related violations. In the first cases, the TCP moved against Lobo and his MLA-wife Delilah, and booked them for hill-cutting in their property in Parra. The Lobos however claim that the property in question was being developed for farming. reliancedigital.in Forest dept has booked an offence for destruction of mangroves along national highway at Merces Notice also issued to Comunidade which owns land where 29 mangrove trees were destroyed SDFO and Panjim Range staff conducted the inspection after a report was prepared Land belonged to Comunidade and the offence was committed by tenant association It may be recalled that the town and country planning minister had also earlier cracked down and promised to file FIRs against erring officials of the PDA and TCP in a case of alleged illegalities by a hotel project in Arpora. The deputy conservator of forests had inspected the construction site of the hotel in Arpora where massive hill cutting was undertaken with no permission from concerned authorities. bpl.in | RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 GCET to be held on July 11, 12 TWO CASES FILED IN ARPORA AND CALANGUTE ILLEGALITIES WILL NOT BE TOLERATED, SAYS RANE THE GOAN I NETWORK Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday PANAJI The Goa Common Entrance Test (GCET) 2022, for Science stream HSSC students who aspire to pursue professional degree courses in engineering and pharmacy in Goa will be held on July 11 and 12, the Directorate of Technical Education has announced. According to the schedule made public by the DTE, the GCET examination in physics and chemistry will be held on July 11, while the mathematics paper is fixed on July 12. Registration for the GCET2022 will have to be done in the online mode from May 23 to June 10 via the dedicated www.goacet.in website. DTE said the online application submission facility will be functional from May 23 up until the last day for registration on June 10. The scores of GCET are the ones that determine the merit list for admissions to the professional courses and securing 50 per cent marks in the HSSC examination conducted by the Goa Board for Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (GBSHSE) is the benchmark to be eligible to answer the GCET. Meanwhile GBSHSE chairman Bhagirath Shetye will on Saturday evening announce the results of the class XII Board exam. The GBSHSE had for the first time this year conducted the HSSC and SSC examinations in two terms to offset the logistical hindrances posed by the pandemic. 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