@thegoaneveryday TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 27, 2022 GOA PANAJI: The State government has informed the High Court that Directorate of Mines has issued an order to recover Rs 2.5 crore from parties responsible for illegal laterite quarrying at Collem. Govt has also initiated action against 2 police officers during whose tenure large scale illegal laterite quarrying had taken place. GGEA backs ‘perform or perish’ decision PANAJI: The Goa Government Employees Association has backed the perform or perish move of the government even as Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said the decision to implement the provision of the pension rules which stipulates premature retirement of errant and inefficient employees will be done as per the process recommended. >> See pg 3 Old Goa structure case adjourned OLD GOA: The Additional Director of Panchayats (ADP) adjourned the Old Goa structure matter to October 20 even as the intervention application of a fourth party was taken up on Monday. The fourth party, Agnelo Barretto, apparently had filed the intervention plea in August. >> See pg 3 Vascokars hit by online scams VASCO: Vascokars on Sunday woke up to online fraud scams with people arriving to houses as representatives of various companies and fraudulently transferring cash from their accounts. Vasco police have now registered three cases in this regard against unknown accused for cheating people fraudulently under different Sections of IPC. Covid cases continue downward trend PANAJI: Covid cases in the State continued its downward trend with 21 new cases being recorded in the last 24 hours. With 55 recoveries, the active caseload has also dropped below 300 while the positivity rate stands at 3.95 per cent. Parking problem grips Calangute MAPUSA: With hotels and guest-houses jostling for space in Calangute, finding room for vehicular parking has become a huge problem in the village. >> See pg 5 WEATHER >> Max: Min: Humidity: TIDES Low: High: 31 C 24 C 91% 05.20 17.41 11.22 ---- 2 GOA Chimbel flyover work order has already been awarded, says Cabral 3 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 INFO How to treat skin pigmentation at home 9 SPORTS All-rounder Shahbaz included in India’s T20I squad against South Africa 14 Govt buckles, scraps TCP amendments HUNDREDS OF PROTESTORS THRONG TCP HEADQUARTERS AT PATTO AAP, RGP LEGISLATORS ALSO JOIN PROTEST THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI In the face of sustained protests, Town and Country Planning (TCP) Minister Vishwajit Rane on Monday threw in the towel and announced that all the major amendments proposed in the Goa Building and Land Development Act, 2008, proposed by the TCP department will be scrapped. Rane, who is out of the country said in a video message: “All the amendments I have brought will be scrapped with immediate effect. These same amendments will be taken up by the expert committee which will hold consultations and make recommendations to the TCP Board and the process will be taken forward.” Rane’s climb down comes in the face of a sustained protest by civil society groups, environmental NGOs, several panchayats who have passed gram sabha resolutions demanding scrapping of the proposals and a seemingly Statewide movement that was in the making. On Monday, several hundred protestors were demonstrating in front of the TCP headquarters at Patto Plaza demanding scrapping of all Y Quarrying case: Govt recovering ` .5 cr 2 The Goan (Playstore) 14 pages PRICE ` 8 PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VIII, NO. 100 1 lakh cubic metres Sonsodo dump stares at government IN SHORT >> Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday DA log on to thegoan.net ON MON the amendments. Both the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs -- Venzy Viegas and Cruz Silva -- and the lone Revolutionary Goans Party MLA, Viresh Borkar, joined the protesters in demanding the scrapping of the proposals. After the protest Viegas contacted Rane telephonically and conveyed to him the demand. Initially, Vishwajit in an earlier video had acknowledged that Viegas had expressed apprehensions over the amendments, and that he would hold the process in abeyance. “I will meet the AAP as well as RG representatives in the coming days to understand their concerns,” Rane had said but later on Monday night released the new video message announcing that the amendments will be scrapped. Around sixteen changes that were proposed in the draft notification issued by Chief Town Planner (Administration) James Mathew, had sought to permit construction of farm houses, film cities, film studios and golf courses in hitherto non-settlement and agricultural zones. Another amendment had sought to create a new landuse zone ‘Commercial Business District” with an astronomically high 400% floor area ratio (FAR). Opponents had flagged it as arbitrary and irrational. Hospitals and medical institutions with more than 200-beds capacity, yoga and meditation centres, residential schools and educational institutions was another set of constructions that were sought to be permitted to be built in agricultural zones by yet another provision included in the draft-proposals. Yet another amendment had proposed granting 30% of additional FAR to all existing 3-star, 4-star and 5-star hotels in the State. Existing unauthorized constructions were also being sought to be regularized by inserting a provision for the same. The draft notification was issued by Mathew on August 27, inviting objections and suggestions to the amendments and set a 30-day deadline which was ending on Tuesday. ALL 16B CASES TO BE SCRAPPED TOO THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Town and Country Planning Minister Vishwajit Rane said all cases seeking change in land-use zoning under the controversial ‘section 16B’ will also be scrapped. “An affidavit will be filed in this respect,” Rane said. The controversial Section 16B was inserted in the principal Goa Town and Country Planning Act, 1974, back in 2018 by way of an amendment in the House piloted by Goa Forward Party (GFP) chief, Vijai Sardesai, who was TCP Minister then. Several hundred proposals were cleared by Sardesai and his successor Chandrakant Kavlekar since then. The controversial Section 16B, however, was challenged by noted environmentalist Claude Alvares before the Bombay High Court which although refrained from staying its operation ruled that all executive decisions under it would be subject to the final outcome of the challenge. Rane also took a dig at activists saying people were being misguided. “What the government is saying is, let us take these projects ahead with green certification,” he said. “Within the ambit of RP 2021 we are trying to bring different laws in a transparent manner. People may have apprehensions and I respect that,” he said. On golf courses, he said most tourism destinations have golf courses. “People are saying we are in hurry. I am not in a hurry. We have five years to take these projects forward,” he said. Vijai welcomes decision on 16-B MARGAO: Former TCP Minister and Goa Forward chief Vijai Sardesai has welcomed the decision on scrapping of the controversial 16-B of the TCP Act by TCP Minister Vishwajit Rane. “Better late than never. The scrapping of 16B, even though belated, is welcome”, he said. Locals are lords of clams, Hundreds of trucks stranded along oysters in Chicalim Bay Goa-Belagavi route at Chorla ONLY THOSE LIVING WITHIN 5 KM RADIUS CAN HARVEST, OTHERS NEED NOD FROM LOCAL BODY THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI In Chicalim, famous for vast quantities of clams (tisreo) and oysters (kalvam), locals from within five kilometer will have first rights to harvest these ‘bioresources’ according to new guidelines notified by the State government’s Department of Environment and Climate Change. “The available clam resources should be allowed to be harvested only with the traditional method of hand picking and exclusively by the local villagers and those residing within an area of about 5 kms radius from the site by road or water on alongside of location and does not include opposite side of riverbank,” States the guidelines. However, for those beyond five kilometers, exploitation should not be permitted without the express sanction of the WHAT THE NEW GUIDELINES SAY… Available clam resources should be allowed to be harvested only with traditional method of hand picking Only local villagers and those residing within an area of about 5 kms radius from the site by road or water on alongside of location and does not include opposite side of riverbank will be allowed Authorities to decide on charging fees or impos- local bodies or a suitable regulatory or enforcement mechanism to be worked out by the panchayat through the Biodiversity Management Committees (BMCs). “The Chicalim Bay has a ing restrictions like number of people to be permitted per day The notification also includes a guideline which says clams of three centimeters width or more can only be exploited brood stock of clams and diverse marine species of commercial value, including the flagship species of Window Pane Oyster (Placuna >Continued on P5 OFFICIALS IMPLEMENT COLLECTOR’S BAN ON MOVEMENT OF HEAVY VEHICLES TRUCK OPERATORS THREATEN TO STOP VEGETABLES, MILK VEHICLES TO GOA THE GOAN I NETWORK BELAGAVI/VALPOI After regularly defying orders from the North Goa Collector banning the movement of heavy vehicles along the Goa-Belagavi road via Chorla, truck operators were in for a shock on Sunday night when transport officials began strictly enforcing the ban. This left hundreds of trucks stranded on both sides of the road for several kilometres till Monday night as these vehicles have been unable to cross the Karnataka-Goa border, prompting angry reactions from truck operators on both sides of the border. A police team has been stationed at Keri to maintain law and order as the situation turned tense on both sides of the border. The strict action was taken shortly after a report in The Goan, which highlighted the continuous movement of A huge queue of trucks at Keri-Sattari after the Transport Department decided to implement the ban on heavy vehicles along the Goa-Belagavi road via Chorla. Uday Sawant heavy vehicles despite a ban by the North Goa Collector. Long queues of trucks were seen stranded for about 10 kms, right from Kankumbi till the Goa border in Chorla Ghat. To make matters worse, trucks were unable to turn back due to the huge traffic jam. Passenger traffic was also affected badly as commuters had to wait for hours together to reach Goa and vice versa. A large number of Goans travelling to and from Belaga- vi had to bear the brunt due to the unexpected traffic jam. ANGER AMONG TRUCKERS As movement for heavy vehicles has been banned via Ramnagar due to the >Continued on P5 Live-streaming of SC Five years on, detention centre for foreigners in dire straits FACTS AND FIGURES hearings from today 100% increase in Bangladeshis THE GOAN I NETWORK PTI NEW DELHI In a historic move, the Constitution Bench hearings in the Supreme Court will be livestreamed from tomorrow. Exactly four years ago, on September 27, 2018, the then Chief Justice of India CJI Dipak Misra, heading a bench had delivered the landmark judgement on live telecast or webcast of important proceedings in matters of constitutional importance, saying sunlight is the best disinfectant. The proceedings can be accessed at webcast.gov.in/scindia/, said an official. Earlier in the day, a bench headed by Chief Justice Uday Umesh Lalit said the top court will soon have its own platform to live-stream its proceedings instead of having to use the YouTube. The bench said this when former BJP leader K N Govindacharya’s counsel argued the copyright of apex court’s proceedings cannot be surrendered to private platforms. YouTube has clearly sought the copyright over the webcast, lawyer Virag Gupta told the SC Bench. These are the initial stages. We will certainly have our own platforms...We will take care of that (copyright issue), the CJI said and listed Govindacharya’’s interim plea for hearing on October 17. PANAJI bout five years after then Chief Minister (late) Manohar Parrikar’s one of dream projects -- Detention Center for Foreigners was commissioned in May 2019 -- the facility is in a dire straits. The pitiable situation has ultimately impacted the overall functioning besides housing and deporting Goa’s unwanted visitors, if not in all cases. The ill-equipped Centre is back in the spotlight against the backdrop of Goa Police’s crackdown on overstaying Bangladeshi nationals in the State. Foreigners overstaying their visas are issued a notice of ‘restricted movement’ -- at least in majority cases -- than being lodged in the facility, A 106 foreigners – overstaying visa and criminals -- deported since 2019 Barely nine currently lodged in the ill-equipped detention centre that cries for attention No Social Welfare Superintendent; two staff refused to report on duty owing to flooded premises Police that manages security and FRRO are handling back-office duty as well Social Welfare dept denies allegations, admits no Superintendent and that Cabinet approved one just recently Infrastructure needs repair and upgradation which is managed by the Social Welfare Department. The troubled inmates have accused the authorities of turning a blind eye to their requirements claiming that they don’t have even the basic facilities in place. “The entire arrangement is a mess for the past several months. We have nobody to complain about problems the inmates are going through. Necessary requirements from eatables to toiletries are not in the required quantum or up to the mark. Medicines too are not made available to us despite government doctors’ prescription,” said one of them. The Goan has reliably learnt that the Centre does not have a Superintendent since November 2020 while two other employees are allegedly not reporting on duty. “A portion of the Detention Centre was inundated during the rains as a result of which the two Class ‘C’ employees are unwilling to continue their work here,” the source said. Sources further claim that the shortage of beds/cots is also creating a major hurdle and several official communiqué from the FRRO to the Social Welfare Department have fallen on deaf ears. >Continued on P5 overstaying their visas in Goa PANAJI: Bangladeshis, overstaying their visas in Goa, have increased by over 100 per cent in the last one year. Government statistics indicate that in an ongoing drive against overstaying foreigners, 23 were arrested in just 100-odd days, from midthis year till date. The last year saw 10 arrests and five in 2020. In all, 56 illegal immigrants including 18 kids were found to be staying without valid visas. Children are kept away from legal action. Of these, six were deported while two are absconding. Regarding the present batch of illegal immigrants, the FRRO has sent their details to the High Commission of Bangladesh in India to verify their nationality status. Appropriate action will be initiated following reports from the High Commission. “We have taken a conscious decision to restrict them because of difficulty in accommodating them (in the detention center),” FRRO SP Bosco George told The Goan.
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