Govt to acquire land on Saligao-Calangute hill

PANAJI: Chief minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday directed the department of science, technology and environment to initiate land acquisition proceedings for about 93,978 square metres land on the Saligao-Calangute hill, where a garbage treatment plant for North Goa coastal villages is planned.

'Tenders for Zuari, Khandepar bridges issued'

PANAJI: PWD minister Ramkrishna 'Sudin' Dhavalikar on Tuesday said the government has issued tenders for appointment of consultants for two bridges- a parallel Zuari bridge and a bridge over River Khandepar. The consultants will prepare detailed project reports (DPR) for the two bridges after which tenders would be invited for the construction of the bridges, he said.

Sanjit Rodrigues, chairman of the Goa state infrastructure development corporation (GSIDC) and commissioner, corporation of the city of Panaji (CCP), feels it is time to take some "harsh measures" to save Panaji from the "urban decay and traffic paralysis" that have set in.

The master plan takes an aggressive approach when it comes to improving mobility through the traffic-clogged streets of Panaji.

Little less conversation, a little more action

PANAJI: Plans will come and plans will go, but Panaji will always remain the same. This skeptical sentiment seems to be the general feeling of Panjimites, who have, in the past decade, seen a number of master plans promise a city free of traffic snarls, water scarcity, parking problems and that nasty, lingering garbage smell. 'Imagine Panaji', drawn up by architects from Spanish consultancy firm LKS, may by far be the best presented, but it certainly is not new, say experts.

Perhaps the most ambitious and extravagant part of the master plan, the 'Green and public spaces' segment envisions a number of convention centres, biodiversity parks, tourist attractions and other luxurious projects centered around the riverfront and other water bodies that traverse Panaji.

Realizing that the situation under the ground in Panaji is also quite chaotic, the plan calls for a complete re-organization of public utilities-sewerage lines, storm water drains, water supply, electric and telecommunication cables.

MAPUSA: Most panchayats in Pernem taluka have unanimously passed resolutions supporting the proposed Mopa airport.

Most roads in South Goa dotted with potholes

MARGAO: Driving or riding along treacherous stretches of roads in various parts of South Goa is turning out to be a nightmarish experience during the monsoons.

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