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A Sustainable CZMP

Plan should serve as guide to future planning and development The state government has rejected the draft Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP) stating that it was riddled with inaccuracies and not satisfactory. The CZMP was submitted by the National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management (NCSCM) to the government two years ago. The government has sent back the plan for rectifying the …

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Women in Nightshifts

Companies and government must guarantee women safety The state government has approved an amendment to the Factories Act that will allow industries to employ women during night shifts. This amendment was long overdue and the government must be complimented for having finally taken a decision which will open avenues for women to work beyond dusk and remove the gender inequality that …

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Disciplining Motorists

Use of technology to prevent road accidents is long overdue WITH a view to making roads safer in the state the transport department has floated fresh tender inviting bids for supply, installation, integration and commissioning of day and night interceptors and road safety equipment on its fleet of sport utility vehicles (SUVs). The department had called for bids earlier but …

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Dealing With Waste

Raising awareness how technology can tackle solid waste problem EVEN as two major civic bodies of the state – Margao and Panaji – are struggling with solid waste management problems, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has announced that government will come up with a policy that will take care of all kinds of waste. The policy would be finalized soon and …

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The Vanishing Trick

Time to regulate tourism    sector before it is too late A floating restaurant moored along the Mandovi riverbank just disappeared from the site without leaving any trace. The restaurant christened ‘Watermark” operated for some months without requisite permissions from government authorities. The floating restaurant was jointly owned by Trivesh Azgaonkar – son of state Deputy Chief Minister Manohar Azgaonkar – …

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Frame Inclusive CZMP

State authorities should correct the wrongs pointed by people IN what can be described as a healthy public participation in the planning and development process the village panchayats of South Goa have begun studying the draft coastal zone management plan (CZMP). While some panchayats have been trying to understand the draft plans themselves, others have sought the help of experts …

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Unlock Gas Pipeline

A special panel of officials needed to cut red tape in piped gas project THOUGH it is just a streak, there appears to be light at the end of the tunnel for the much-delayed piped natural gas project in the state with 25 households getting piped gas. They are from among residents of a housing society at Old Goa; they …

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Building Waterways

State government must weigh economic benefits and grave ecological concerns THE state government has decided to construct nine new jetties under the central government’s Sagarmala project to facilitate passenger movement. The state has proposed to build new jetties by demolishing the existing Portuguese era jetties, which are in a dilapidated condition and have outlived their utility. These jetties are located …

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Safe Fish, At Least

Health Minister must truly safeguard Goans’ health Though officials of the Quality Council of India (QCI) and food and drugs administration (FDA) have begun testing fish at Patradevi and Polem, questions have been raised over the consistency and efficacy of tests and the techniques used by them. Though the government issued notification that the tests would be carried out 24×7, …

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Punish Wild Drivers

Need for a robust system to reduce risks to life on roads Though the figures of fatal road accidents in the state have been generally on decline since 2018, the number is still a matter of great human concern. In the first five and half months of the current year over 120 persons lost their lives in 1,500 road accidents. …

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