log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 30, 2022 GOA 14 pages PRICE ` 8 3 held in Margao Old market assault MARGAO: The Fatorda police have arrested three persons in connection with the brutal assault on 33-year old Vijay Kulal by a group in the wee hours of Monday near the Old market circle. >> See pg 2 Govt to study pleas for burial grounds PANAJI: The Bombay High Court at Goa has asked the Goa government and the Goa State Urban Development Agency to examine the pleas of two intervention applications -- one for setting up a Christian cemetery and another for a multi religious burial ground at the Sonsodo site after two intervenors approached the High Court with their claims. >> See pg 2 Russian dies in road mishap at Bicholim BICHOLIM: A 35-year-old Russian rider died while the pillion rider was injured in a road mishap near Zantye College at Vathadev-Bicholim on Tuesday evening. According to sources, the rider Ilia Rogov and pillion rider Anna Mitina (31) were proceeding from Sankhali to Bicholim. >> See pg 2 Calangute gets gas insulated sub-station MAPUSA: The commissioning of the new 33/11 KV gas insulated sub-station (2x20 MVA) set up at a cost of Rs 24.56 crore at Arradi, Calanagute is expected to give huge relief to the residents of the coastal village who have been saddled with constant power cuts and load shedding for the last several years. >> See pg 3 45kg drugs recovered per month: North SP PANAJI: With involvement of Goans in the drug trade surfacing, Goa police maintained that locals usually operate as the last point of contact between a drug user and supplier. The State police, North Goa Superintendent of Police Nidhin Valsan said recovers 45 kg of drugs on an average every month. >> See pg 3 RBI to launch first retail digital rupee MUMBAI: The Reserve Bank will launch the first pilot for retail digital rupee (e?-R) in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru and Bhubaneswar on December 1. WEATHER >> Max: 33 C Min: 23 C Humidity: 58% TIDES Low: High: 10:18 21:44 04:07 15:41 PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VIII, NO. 163 GOA Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 SPORTS INFO Tur dal scam: Report to reveal role of Civil Supplies officials Desperate India hope for full game vs New Zealand in final ODI Effective home remedies to reduce wrinkles on your neck TOLD TO PRESENT ACTION PLAN AGAINST VIOLATIONS TODAY THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The Bombay High Court at Goa has sought a response from the village panchayat of Anjuna Caisua to explain to the court how it plans to proceed against the number of structures along the coast that have been identified as suspect by an inspection team formed by the High Court that is looking into cases of mushrooming illegal constructions along the Anjuna coast. A report in this regard was submitted before the High Court on Tuesday. “The crux of the report is that we have inspected and the inspection report is produced on record. We have pointed out the structures which are existing on the Anjuna beach area and they have pointed out the constructions and the status thereof,” Advocate General Devidas Pangam said. “Now the situation is the HC has kept this matter for tomorrow for the panchayat to tell the court as to what action they can take, more particularly with regard to commercial activities that will KEY COURT OBSERVATIONS The Director of Panchayats should issue directives to all the coastal panchayats within a week from today to maintain a strict vigil on any illegal constructions coming up within their jurisdiction The panchayats and its members will be held responsible if such structures come up and no action is taken immediately by the panchayats under the provisions of the Panchayat Raj Act The Deputy Collectors, Electricity Department officials, and the Police authorities should also keep a strict vigil The DGP should issue, within a week from today, directives to all the police stations in the coastal areas to maintain a strict vigil on the illegal constructions on beaches and within the coastal areas Merely because no properly constituted GCZMA exists, such activities cannot be permitted to flourish. The other authorities are equally responsible for preventing such constructions be carried out in these constructions. What is the method and modus by which the panchayat will take action, that is what is to be reported to the court tomorrow,” Pangam said. “It is not stated in this inspection report as to how many structures are legal and how many are illegal. It gives a status insofar as the existence of these structures on the beach and that will have to be verified based on the records that will have to be called from these people and that will disclose the legality or illegality in so far as these structures are concerned and accordingly action will have to be taken,” Pangam added. “Insofar as the CRZ authority is concerned, the term has come to an end. At this stage it may not be possible for that authority which doesn’t exist to take action,” he added. At the last hearing the High Court had ordered the enforcement authorities to maintain a “strict vigil” of violations along the coast. “The Director of Panchayats should issue directives to all the coastal panchayats within a week from today to maintain a strict vigil on any illegal constructions coming up within their jurisdiction. The Panchayats and its members will be held responsible if such structures come up and no action is taken immediately by the Panchayats under the provisions of the Panchayat Raj Act,” the High Court observed. “The Panchayats should not resort to the usual defences that there was no complaint Manual sand extraction, beach shacks in CRZ get MoEF nod THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI In a major development, the Union Ministry for Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has allowed the setting up of temporary structures in the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) area and to carry out manual sand extraction from sandbars in rivers. The Ministry amended the CRZ notification, 2019, to allow the two activities within permissible limitations while also emphasising that beach structures, such as shacks in CRZ will be allowed provided they do not operate during the monsoon season. The MoEF&CC further imposed another condition that sandbars in the intertidal areas should be removed by traditional coastal communities through non-mechanised manual methods only. The annual renewal of registration has also been made mandatory. The amendment will apply to those states where Coast- THE CONDITIONS Beach structures, such as shacks in CRZ will be allowed provided they do not operate during the monsoon season Sandbars in the intertidal areas should be removed by traditional coastal communities through non-mechanised manual methods only The annual renewal of registration has been made mandatory al Zone Management Plan (CZMP) 2019 is notified. The governments and Union Territory administration can permit the removal of sand in the specified quantity and within a specific time period. The Goa Government, in an official communiqué to Union Minister Bhupender Yadav in September, urged to amend the notification to allow manual extraction of sand in coastal areas where sand is not available in other sources which is prohibited in CRZ. The Centre has reserved rights to deal with all development activities or projects in Kolhapur, Belagavi devotees on walking pilgrimage to Old Goa LOUIS RODRIGUES BELAGAVI Continuing their over fourdecade-long tradition, about 700 walking pilgrims from different villages and towns in the upper ghats region have set on a Padyatra, a walking pilgrimage to Old Goa. Beginning from Kolhapur and Belagavi districts, some of the pilgrims began their pilgrimage from Monday while others started on Tuesday. About 700 pilgrims are likely to reach Old Goa on December 2 to present their petitions and ‘angvonns’ at the feet of ‘Goencho Saib’. This is the 42nd year since the pilgrimage was started by late Fr Prabhudhar, a Jesuit who embraced the Swami life- The Goan (Playstore) 3 14 2 9 Court query on illegal structures Goa Forward joins Cong’s Bharat Jodo has Anjuna panchayat in a spot Yatra at Indore Pollution Control Board inspection exposes ‘dark side’ of river Sal IN SHORT >> Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday CRZ-I and CRZ-IV regions that are governed by or permitted by the CRZ Notification 2019, based on the proposal of the relevant coastal zone management body whereas the local coastal authorities have been granted powers to clear all other projects. “All development activities or projects in CRZ-I and CRZIV areas, which are regulated or permissible as per this notification, shall be dealt with by the Central Government for Coastal Regulation Zone clearance, based on the >Continued on P5 >Continued on P5 vier from Mumbai, Pune and other metros are also taking part in this pilgrimage. Many of them are Gaoncars having their roots embedded in various comunidades in Goa. Barring 2020, when >Continued on P5 Goa Forward leaders Vijai Sardesai, Durgadas Kamat, Deepak Kalangutkar and Santosh Sawant participating in Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra at Indore, MP. THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI/MARGAO The Goa Forward Party (GFP) threw up a surprise when its leaders led by President Vijai Sardesai accompanied Rahul Gandhi on his Bharat Jodo Yatra in Indore on Tuesday. Sardesai along with his party colleagues Durgadas Kamat, Santosh Kumar Sawant and Deepak Kalangutkar traversed kilometres in the country’s first Smart City. “I have honoured the invitation received from senior leaders in AICC to join the ongoing yatra. As a pre-poll alliance partner of the Congress, and out of respect for all those who have been walking across the country as a part of the padayatra, we joined Rahul Gandhi,” Sardesai said in a video message sent from Indore. He claimed that the experience was humbling and overwhelming during the yatra. “Unlike the frequent decadent extravagant events of the ruling BJP funded at the cost of the taxpayer, the Bharat Jodo Yatra is a once-in-a-generation social movement of thousands of ordinary citizens who are walking several kilometres in the hope to truly unite the country once again,” he said. He added: “Leaders of other opposition parties too have participated in Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo yatra to express their support for opposition unity. We too decided to express our solidarity in support of opposition unity.” The GFP leaders claimed that they spoke to several >Continued on P5 PORTUGAL ADVANCES INTO LAST 16 C ristiano Ronaldo wheeled away in celebration, acting as though he had scored once again at the World Cup. Instead, it was Bruno Fernandes eventually credited with the goal that set up Portugal’s 2-0 win over Uruguay on Monday, advancing the team into the last 16. Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Uruguay, but was later awarded to Bruno Fernandes. Netherlands makes light work of Qatar, win 2-0 T he Netherlands advanced to the round of 16 by winning Group A by beating the host nation Qatar 2-0 on Tuesday. Cody Gakpo put the Oranje ahead midway through the first half and Frenkie de Jong doubled the advantage five minutes into the second half Senegal beats Ecuador 2-1, advances to pre-quarters S enegal can now put the disappointment of 2018 to rest. Kalidou Koulibaly led his team into the last 16 on Tuesday by volleying home the winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Ecuador. Senegal took the lead off Ismaila Sarr penalty. Moises Caicedo then scored for Ecuador to make it 1-1 Why the tourism dept order is failing: minister fires point-blank at police MAPUSA quarely blaming the police for failure to take action against tourism-related illegalities, Tourism Minister Rohan Khaunte said the role of the Tourism department was that of a watchdog and it was for the police to initiate punitive action and stop all illegalities and nuisance taking place on the beaches and public places. Khaunte also said the police earlier took refuge in the fact that there was no specific Act where they could book the offenders upon, but now the tourism director has promulgated an order where the S style from North Karnataka region. The first padyatra which commenced from Ajara town in Western Kolhapur taluka with only seven pilgrims has now become popular among the people from Belagavi and Kolhapur districts. Devotees of St Francis Xa- THE GOAN I NETWORK MAPUSA The female tourist who was admitted in a private hospital two weeks ago for suspected overdose was finally discharged from the hospital and in a statement to Calangute Police on Tuesday said that an unknown person sold energy pills to her while she was going to a night club in Vagator. The tourist, Sara Khan has also said that she was not aware that the person who sold those pills was dealing with drugs. Khan told the police that she borrowed the money from her friend Abhishek Singh and purchased those pills and consumed them unknowingly. It may be recalled, the female tourist along with her partner was on a holiday to Goa when they were informed about an alleged rave party in Vagator. The couple had checked in at a luxury beach resort in THE GOAN I NETWORK Pilgrims assemble at St Francis Xavier Church in Jamboti en route to Old Goa. Louis Rodrigues Drug overdose: Female tourist claims she was sold energy pills or were unaware of unlawful structures mushrooming within their jurisdiction. The Deputy Collectors, Electricity Department officials, and the Police authorities should also keep a strict vigil. We have noticed that the Police authorities hardly cooperate with the authorities in preventing illegal constructions, which blatantly come up even in no development zones. Therefore, the DGP should issue, within a week from today, directives to all the police stations in the coastal areas to maintain a strict vigil on the illegal constructions on beaches and within the coastal areas. Merely because no properly constituted GCZMA exists, such activities cannot be permitted to flourish. The other Authorities are equally responsible for preventing such constructions,” the High Court said. “Meanwhile, throughout the tourist season, the persons who put up such illegal constructions without regard for the environment or the legal provisions occupy and commercially exploit such constructions,” the High Court also said. TOURISM MINISTER FIRES POINT-BLANK The role of the Tourism department is that of a watchdog and it was for the police to initiate punitive action and stop all illegalities and nuisance taking place on the beaches and public places The police earlier took refuge in the fact that there was no specific Act where they could book the offenders chief and his team should get their act right Now the tourism director has promulgated an order where the lawbreakers could be booked under specific section of the IPC and therefore the police lawbreakers could be booked under specific section of the IPC and therefore the police chief and his team should get their act right. “We are very clear that we have to cleanse up the illegalities in the tourism sector and Unfortunately, police action is very unsatisfactory. Every day, we have issues because the police are not acting in time Late night music, illegal guides and touts moving around, hawkers menace etc fall in the ambit of the police have taken a series of steps including banning several tourism-related activities that create nuisance on beaches and tourism places. But we need very strong support from the police. The whole onus now is on the police as it is their part to handle.” “Unfortunately, police action is very unsatisfactory. Every day, we have issues because the police are not acting in time. Late night music, illegal guides and touts moving around, hawkers menace etc fall in the ambit of the police,” Khaunte said. Last month, Tourism Director Nikhil Desai had promulgated an order declaring a set of activities as “nuisance” including cooking in the open, hawking, driving vehicles on >Continued on P5
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