CM assures relocation of pollution display board
PORVORIM: Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has assured to relocate the pollution display board at Ambedkar Garden, Patto.
“I inspected the work and found that the concept of putting up the pollution display board with the equipment to check the pollution is at a wrong place. The coming up of a concrete structure also doesn’t look good at this ‘pavitra’ (holy) place. I have asked the Goa State Pollution Control Board to stall the work until an alternate site is found,” he told the House during the Zero Hour mention on Friday.
The CM has also assured to restore the garden, where the work was carried out. The Dalit Sangathan had protested the setting up of the pollution display and demanded shifting to another site.
Rs 50 cr allocated to rehabilitate slum-dwellers
PORVORIM: The Goa government has allocated Rs 50 crore in the ongoing financial year’s budget to rehabilitate slum-dwellers across Goa.
“A provision of Rs 50 crore has been made in the budget estimates 2017-18 (plan) to relocate/rehabilitate the slum dwellers by developing the shanty areas all over Goa,” the performance budget for 2017-18 for the Goa Rehabilitation Board (GRB), tabled on the 14th day of the Legislative Assembly on Friday, states.
The Revenue Department’s document further informed that the Board is proposing to take up the rehabilitation projects at Zuarinagar in Cortalim and Camara Bhat in Panjim. “The ground work for Zuarinagar is initiated by GRB,” it reads.
Meanwhile, the performance budget mentioned that rehabilitation of landslide victims at Tarikade, Mapusa has not commenced ‘due to some administrative constraints work couldn’t start yet.’ The information further stated that GRB has taken up another project to construct market complex-cum-community centre at Sancoale at the cost of Rs 4.31 crore approx. The work will be completed before the end of the current financial year, it states.
No maintenance at South Goa Collectorate: Churchill
PORVORIM: Benaulim MLA Churchill Alemao has demanded to streamline the process for obtaining necessary permissions for small residential houses.
"The process for obtaining necessary permissions for small residential houses should be streamlined and the government needs to come up with a single-window system which will benefit the people," he said.
He further emphasised that there was no maintenance at the South Goa Collectorate and demanded that more staff should be employed for cleanliness and maintenance of the Collectorate.
Speaking on Information Technology, Alemao demanded that the IT hub should be a reality in the next five years. "Create an IT hub and give jobs to people in Goa. Today we see people going to Bangalore, this should not happen and I demand that the government makes sure that IT hub is a reality in the next five years," he said
Meanwhile, Sanguem MLA Prasad Goankar demanded that the mutation fees should be decreased.
Cabral for geo-mapping of land surveys
PORVORIM: Curchorem MLA Nilesh Cabral has demanded that government should use geo-mapping of land surveys.
"Today there are a lot of cases in land survey where overlapping in partition has taken place. Use geo- mapping for land surveys and all the process should come online. How many more years will the government take to complete the land survey," Cabral questioned.
He further said that the disaster management was in a mess stating that it needed a new plan.
"The system of disaster management is most useless and the system needs a complete change," he said
Meanwhile, Poriem MLA Pratapsingh Rane demanded that form 1 and 14 should be updated on computer records.
Demand to bring Goa on IT map
PORVORIM: Margao MLA Digambar Kamat has demanded that the new minister should take the opportunity to streamline the revenue department.
"The new minister should take this opportunity to streamline the revenue department. The department should work to bring a computerised system at the revenue department which will streamline the process which will benefit the people," said Kamat, adding that the government should initiate reforms to make it easy for the people.
Speaking on Information Technology, Kamat said Goa had missed the IT bus and that the State has still not come on the IT map, irrespective of the opportunities available.
"Goa is not on the IT map. A small city like Shimoga is on the IT map and I was shocked to see this. Goa has the opportunity but it is still not done. I request the concerned minister to see if you can bring Goa on IT map," he said
Meanwhile, Mayem MLA Pravin Zantye demanded that the IT policy should be finalised on priority basis in a bid to start the IT Park in Goa.
Patto-Ribandar causeway may be one-way soon
PORVORIM: St Cruz legislator Antonio Fernandes has urged the Goa government to convert the Patto-Ribandar causeway into a one-way road and ensure strict surveillance by traffic police to prevent accidents and reckless driving.
The Congress legislator raised the issue during the Zero Hour on Friday pointing at a string of accidents along the stretch. He also suggested installing crash barriers for the safety of motorists.
“Due to existence of new by-pass from Merces circle to Old Goa, the number of fatalities has reduced drastically,” Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said in a written reply to a starred question tabled by the legislator in the ongoing session and reported by Herald on Friday. Fernandes referred to Herald report in the House. The CM also stated that new by-pass from Merces circle to Old Goa has drastically reduced the number of accidents.