log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 8, 2022 GOA Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday The Goan (Playstore) 14 pages PRICE ` 8 PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VIII, NO. 81 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 3 2 Finally, CZMP notified; Goa at liberty to notify local maps PWD has task cut out to get contractor to complete AC work at Ravindra Bhavan GOA NGT upholds GCZMA order directing razing of structures on khazan land INFO Importance of physiotherapy for osteoarthritis patients PANAJI Finally, Goa’s Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP) based on the 2011 CRZ notification was notified by the Centre on Tuesday (September 6) but some of the contentious issues, including that of vast swathes of sand dunes going unmapped are expected to linger for some more time. The CZMP approved by the National Coastal Zone Management Authority (NCZMA) and later notified by the MoEF&CC is the one prepared with maps of scale 1:25,000. The Central authority, however, has given the State government leeway to now approve local maps of 1:4,000 scale separately. In effect, the NCZMA has IN SHORT >> Very heavy rainfall likely in parts of Goa MAPUSA: Even as the State may see a rise in rainfall activity in the next four days, parts of Goa are expected to get heavy to very heavy rainfall from September 9 to 11. The IMD has said thunderstorm accompanied with lightning and winds gusting to 40 kmph was are likely at isolated places over Goa while heavy to very heavy rainfall is very likely at a few places from September 9 to 11. >> See pg 3 OTS for overdue water bills on cards PANAJI: PWD Minister Nilesh Cabral has said his department is working out the nitty gritties of a new amnesty scheme involving attractive terms for consumers to clear their overdue water bills which will include waiver of interest charges. Cabral said, the modalities are being worked out by which there will be no human interaction and will be able to avail of the scheme online. >> See pg 3 I-T sleuths raid political parties >> See pg 8 WEATHER >> Max: 28 C Min: 25 C Humidity: 87% TIDES Low: 03:13 16:48 High: 10:24 21:50 MINUTES OF NCZMA MEET In so far as the issue of local level maps, prepared on a scale of 1:4,000 was concerned, State government could consider approving it at their own level, if found necessary, as per the extent provisions of CRZ Notification, 2011 Re-verification of demarcation of sand dunes, demarcation of bays, issue of fishing wards shall be taken up separately entrusted to the State government the powers to notify local maps prepared on the CZMP-2019 can be done in a yr: Cabral PANAJI: Environment Minister Nilesh Cabral said, the State government will now work in right earnest on timely completion of the new Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP) based on the 2019 CRZ Notification. Cabral said the experience of preparing the CZMP-11 will be put to best use to avoid the pitfalls and make sure the 2019 CZMP is completed on time. “I expect that the exercise of drawing the CZMP2019, if systematically carried out can be completed in one year’s time,” Cabral said. The State government has already commenced the process of selecting the agency which will help prepare the maps and put together the CZMP-2019. 1:4,000 scale at its own level and Environment Minister Nilesh Cabral said, all the contentious issues of demarcating missing sand dunes, fishing wards, turtle nesting 3 killed, 7 hurt in road accident at Canacona 2 CARS, SCOOTER INVOLVED IN MISHAP ALONG CANACONA BYPASS THE GOAN I NETWORK CANACONA Three members of a family were killed while two were critically injured and five others sustained injuries in a major road mishap involving two cars and a scooter at the Canacona bypass on Wednesday evening. The mishap took place as a Karwar-bound car hit the road divider on reaching the Rajbhag-Tarir junction and toppled on the other side of the bypass, crashing onto an oncoming car. At that moment, scooter proceeding from Loliem towards Canacona hit one car and then rammed into a crash-barrier. A man and woman from the Karwar-bound car died on the spot, while another man from the same car succumbed on the way to the Canacona Community Health Centre (CHC). The car driver, who was trapped inside the seat, was pulled out by locals. Four members of the Karwar-bound car, two occupants of the other car and one scooter rider were also injured in the mishap. In all, seven injured persons were rushed to the CHC and were later shifted to the The ill-fated car involved in the mishap along the Canacona Bypass on Wednesday evening. Kathy Fernandes HOW IT HAPPENED The mishap took place as a Karwar-bound car hit the road divider on reaching the Rajbhag-Tarir junction and toppled on the other side of the bypass, crashing onto an oncoming car At that moment, scooter proceeding from Loliem towards Canacona hit one car and then rammed into a crash-barrier A man and woman died on the spot while another died on way to hospital BUS RAMS INTO PARKED CAR, 4 TWO-WHEELERS AT DAVORLIM >> See pg 2 South District Hospital in Margao. The deceased were later identified as Ulhas Nagekar (64), his wife Veena (60) and their son, Harish (35), while the injured have been identified as Saivi Harish Nagekar (2), Harshita Harish Nagekar (26), Samiksha Nagekar (40), Sai Nagekar (13), Sukshata Kankonkar (31) and two other unidentified >Continued on P7 Asia Cup: India bow out as Pakistan beat Afghanistan in a thriller 14 Setback for Goa Police as Curlies owner gets bail COURT ALSO REJECTS POLICE CUSTODY TO OTHER TWO ACCUSED THE GOAN I NETWORK CONTENTIOUS ISSUES OF DEMARCATING MISSING SAND DUNES, FISHING WARDS, TURTLE NESTING SITES CAN NOW BE RECTIFIED LOCALLY THE GOAN I NETWORK 9 SPORTS sites among others can now be rectified locally. “In so far as the issue of local level maps, prepared on a scale of 1:4,000 was concerned, State government could consider approving it at their own level, if found necessary, as per the extent provisions of CRZ Notification, 2011,” the NCZMA recorded in the minutes of its September 1 meeting. The NCZMA meeting minutes also recorded the contention of the Goa Environment Secretary Arun Kumar Mishra, that: “Re-verification of demarcation of sand dunes, demarcation of bays, issue related to fishing wards shall be taken up separately by the State Government.” >Continued on P7 Govt seeks tweak in CRZ rules for sand extraction THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Environment Minister Nilesh Cabral on Wednesday said the State government has appealed to the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change to tweak the CRZ rules so as to permit sand extraction by traditional methods in Goan rivers. “Under the CRZ rules, sand extraction is permitted only in rivers that dry up. In Goa, none of its 11 rivers dry up and so sand cannot be extracted,” Cabral said, adding that the request to the Centre is accompanied with data and scientific reasoning. Cabral said the government had commissioned the NIO Centre in Goa to conduct the study of Goa’s eleven rivers on multiple parameters one of which was sand extraction. “The study is complete as far as the sand extraction parameter is concerned for Keri-Tiracol and Chapora rivers. It has supported sand extraction by traditional, manual methods without the use of machinery,” Cabral said. Goa’s sand mining quagmire has been haunting Goa for several years and shot into sharp focus following last week’s shooting incident in Curchorem, the constituency of Cabral, in which one labourer was killed. Technically there has been a complete ban on local sand mining industry due to court directions. MAPUSA In a setback to Goa Police, a Mapusa court on Wednesday granted bail to Edwin Nunes, owner of Curlies restaurant, who was arrested under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS) in the Sonali Phogat death case. The special court also rejected a police request seeking custody of the other two accused who were also arrested under the NDPS Act and are presently in judicial custody. While declaring the verdict in the open court, the Adhoc District Judge Sharmila Patil said, “bail is granted” while also declaring that she has rejected the Anjuna police application for police custody of the other accused. She, however, imposed stiff conditions that the petitioner Edwin Nunes should not enter the Curlies restaurant until the chargesheet is filed and he should not leave the State without permission of COURT JUDGEMENT The petitioner Edwin Nunes however should not enter the Curlies restaurant until the chargesheet is filed and he should not leave the State without permission of the court Nunes should also furnish a bond of Rs 30,000 with two sureties of Rs SEE PAGE 3 Phogat’s driver charges Sangwan with taking control of her finances NGT to hear appeal on GCZMA demolition order against Curlies the court. He should also furnish a bond of Rs 30,000 with two sureties of Rs 15,000 each. The court has also asked Nunes to make himself available to the Investigation Officer 15,000 each Nunes should make himself available to the Investigation Officer and the court as and when required and not to indulge in tampering of evidence and not to indulge in any similar offence under the NDPS Act and the court as and when required and not to indulge in tampering of evidence and not to indulge in any similar offence under the NDPS Act. The Curlies owner, along with two other drug peddlers – Dattaprasad Gaonkar and Ramdas Mandrekar – was arrested in the alleged murder of BJP leader and actor Sonali Phogat under the NDPS Act. Nunes was accused of running the Curlies restaurant and therefore guilty of abetting the crime. >Continued on P7 Party places put on notice, owners to face the music CM SAYS PREMISE OWNER WILL FACE PROSECUTION WHERE SMUGGLING OR NARCOTICS CONSUMED THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has vowed to come down hard on drug traffickers in the State against the backdrop of political backlash over rampant drug abuse that led to the death of two visitors in separate incidents. In his revived crackdown plan, the Chief Minister said that a premises owner where smuggling or consumption of narcotics is found will be prosecuted. “We are strictly cracking down on drug activities. The Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC) in coordination with the local police has booked quite a few cases lately, and the drive will continue. Whether night clubs or parties, premises where drugs consumption or smuggling takes place, we will book cases against its owner also,” he said at a press conference, after chairing a high-level meeting of Goa Police at its headquarters in the capital on Wednesday. In a strong message to Goa’s visitors, the CM emphasised that ‘Goa is not for drugs’ but it has its doors open for good tourists. He revealed that three major drug peddlers have been CM’S TOUGH TALK ‘Goa is not for drugs’ but it has its doors open for good tourists The ANC in coordination with the local police has booked quite a few cases lately, and the drive will continue Whether night clubs or parties, premises where drugs consumption or smuggling takes place, cases will be booked against its owner too ...Says Goa Police will take Phogat case to logical end PANAJI: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant reiterated that Goa Police will take Sonali Phogat’s death case to its logical end, hinting the government will not succumb to pressure tactics for handing over the probe to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). “I have faith in Goa Police. They will reach to the bottom of the case,” he said after a review meeting with police’s top brass on Wednesday. arrested by the ANC during the last two days, which will severely affect the peddling. The government and the police force have come under severe criticism following the high-profile death of BJP leader Sonali Phogat, and Puducherry youth owing to suspected drug overdose within a gap of one week. Hyderabad Police’s media statement to break the drug chain in Goa – in view of Anjuna local Preetesh Borkar’s arrest in Hyderabad – prompted a >Continued on P7 UK PM Truss appoints diverse Dust over Silver Sands demolition not yet settled, cabinet, Sunak misses the post conduct of authorities, coastal body questioned PTI LONDON Prime Minister Liz Truss held her first Cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street in London on Wednesday after announcing one of the UK’s most diverse Cabinets, with key frontline posts going to ethnic minority members of Parliament, including Indian-origin Suella Braverman as the Home Secretary. Another Indian-origin minister in the Cabinet, Agra-born Alok Sharma, retains his climate action job as the COP26 President, as does Defence Secretary Ben Wallace in a new top team that is otherwise a complete shake-up of PM Liz Truss has announced one of the UK’s most diverse Cabinets, with key frontline posts going to ethnic minority members of Parliament the old guard. London-born junior minister Ranil Jayawardena, of mixed Sri Lankan and Indian heritage, has been promoted as the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Many senior Tories, who had backed Truss’ rival, British Indian former finance minister Rishi Sunak, find themselves without a job including former justice secretary Dominic Raab, transport secretary Grant Shapps and health secretary Steve Barclay. >Continued on P7 THE GOAN I NETWORK MARGAO sserting that the conduct of the administrative authorities involved in connection with the demolition of Hotel Silver Sands at Colva as well as that of the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) is under cloud of suspicion as their conduct is not above board, the National Green Tribunal has directed the Goa Chief Secretary to look into the conduct of the concerned GCZMA officers and the administrative officers who were involved in carrying out the demolition order dated May 12, 2018. The NGT Pune bench has A NGT OBSERVATION It is apparent that the Respondent No. 3/ Project Proponent whose property was to be demolished, continued to enjoy the benefits of the said property from the date of judgement of the Supreme Court dated 18.01.2019 when the demolition of order was confirmed by the SC till 23.10.2021 and even after that till date, demolition appears to have not been done The conduct of the administrative authorities involved in this, as well as that of the GCZMA, is under cloud of suspicion as their conduct is not above board It is very much clear that once the further directed the Chief Secretary to hold an enquiry matter was settled by the Apex Court on 18.01.2019 when it dismissed the appeal, no further proceedings, in the garb of review, should have been allowed to go ahead and it should have been rejected outright as the sole power of entertaining any review vested with the SC to find out who is at fault in dealing with the execution of the hotel demolition order and take appropriate penal action both administrative as well as Judicial and submit a report to the Tribunal within a period of three months from now in the Registry. While allowing an application filed by the Goa Civic and Consumer Forum represented by Secretary Judith Almeida, the NGT has directed the GCZMA to ensure the compliance of demolition order dated 05.12.2018 in respect of the property in question within a period of two months positively, failing which the Applicant would be at liberty to approach the Tribunal with a Misc. Application, indicating non-compliance, where-on the >Continued on P7
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