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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.

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.

Wed, 14 Aug 2013 11:21:43 AM IST

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.

PANAJI: The council for social justice and peace (CSJP) has objected to the Goa state infrastructure development corporation (GSIDC) drawing up the master plan for the development of Panaji, claiming that it is an infringement of the democratic rights of the Corporation of the city of Panaji (CCP). The church body also stated that the draft plan should be made easily available to the concerned citizens for scrutiny and suggestions.

CCP to crack whip on tax defaulters

PANAJI: Faced with a financially weak position, the Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) on Monday decided to act tough with defaulters as the house tax arrears has jumped to 7.5 crore.

Soon, garbage treatment plant at Cacora

MARGAO: A sophisticated state-of-the-art garbage treatment plant is proposed to be set up in Cacora within the jurisdictional limits of Curchorem-Cacora Municipal Council (CCMC).

Draft masterplan unveiled for Panaji city

PANAJI: Imagine the run-down KTC bus stand complex being converted into a lush rooftop garden with a view of the entire city, or the arterial roads of Panaji being declared no-motor zones with rows of haphazardly parked vehicles replaced by fountains and lawns and cobblestoned walkways. The ambitious 'Draft Masterplan for the holistic development of Panaji city,' drawn up by a team of Spanish architects and engineers envisions all this and more.

PANAJI: Although a inquiry report of the South Goa collector N D Agrawal has highlighted a number of irregularities into the allotment of shops in Panaji market, it has failed to fix responsibilities as to who was responsible for illegal allotments.

Rs 100cr plan to ease Ponda traffic congestion

PONDA: Stating that increasing vehicular population is creating major traffic problems in Ponda town, transport minister Ramkrishna 'Sudin' Dhavalikar said the state government will draw up a 100-crore traffic management plan to ease the traffic congestion in the town.

MARGAO: Chief minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday disclosed that a garbage treatment plant having the capacity to process 100 tonnes of garbage per shift will be set up in South Goa.

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