Saligao-Candolim Chogm stretch to be widened

CALANGUTE: Work on widening of the arterial CHOGM road from Saligao junction to Candolim beach is expected to begin by next month, official sources said. The entire road from the Saligao-Calangute border near the petrol pump via Calangute church, St Anthony's chapel, Candolim panchayat and from there to the beach on Candolim's holiday street is going to be widened to five metres.

VP considering moving court against GCZMA

MARGAO: Colva panchayat is considering filing a case in the Lokayukta against the Goa coastal zone management authority (GCZMA) for giving clearance to a hotel owned by former environment minister Aleixo Sequeira in Colva.

PANAJI: The government is working out a mechanism to stop dumping of debris along highways.

Beaches vanishing owing to coastal erosion

PANAJI/MARGAO/CALANGUTE: Coastal erosion is a seasonal phenomenon, as nature chips into the shore during the monsoon and mostly returns what is lost, but the severe damage witnessed in some areas of the coast, especially, Colva, Miramar, Anjuna and Morjim raised a concern among locals, as the sea made deeper inroads in new spots along the coast.

PANAJI: The tourism department will present its case before the National Green Tribunal (NGT) at the next hearing on July 10 in a petition filed by Goa Foundation.

Proposal submitted for manual sand extraction

PANAJI: If the state government agrees to the proposal submitted by the department of science, technology and environment (DSTE) and chairman of district committee (North Goa) to allow sand extraction through manual methods by traditional communities, then it would bring relief to some extent to those involved in traditional sand extraction and also the consumers.

PANAJI: Goa shack owners welfare society (SOWS) has decided to file an intervention application before National Green Tribunal (NGT), in response to a petition filed by Goa foundation seeking demolition of illegal structures in Mandrem and Morjim villages that have come up within 200 meters zone of high tide line.

PANAJI: Shack owners welfare society (SOWS), Goa, has demanded that the government should come out with a separate policy for shack operators who have been in business for many years.

PANAJI: Beach shack owners will hold a meeting on Thursday to discuss the new beach shack policy and a petition filed by the Goa Foundation in the National Green Tribunal in New Delhi.

MP seeks guidelines for extraction of sand

PANAJI: Chairman of the parliament's estimates committee Francisco Sardinha said that he has asked the ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) to come out with clear cut guidelines for extraction of sand, so that small states like Goa should not suffer.

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