PANJIM: Pressure is mounting on the ruling council of the Corporation of the City of Panjim to expedite work on the Bainguinim garbage disposal plant with corporators alleging that garbage is being dumped at Campal, a charge which was disputed by the commissioner.

The work order to build a compound wall was issued in 2010 and land admeasuring 1,71,312 sq mts was handed over to the CCP in November 2008. However, hardly any work is completed and the city still reels under the ticking time bomb ~garbage.

PANJIM: The State tourism ministry has proposed to set up Rs 13 crore mega tourism project at Merces under the Integrated Development for Heritage and Hinterland Tourism, which will be an amphithea

PANJIM: Peeved at the lack of visible results on the garbage management front, the Indo German Friendship Society questioned chairman of Goa State Pollution Board Jose Manuel Noronha on the issue o

PANJIM: The International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa is going to see zero tolerance to plastic waste with Panjim civic authorities chalking out a plan of action to reduce and re-cycle every bit of waste generated during the ten-day festivities.
This eco-friendly initiative, for the first time by the Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP), aims at reducing non-biodegradable waste by 50 per cent and plastic waste by 100 per cent.

The CCP Commissioner Sanjit Rodrigues on Sunday said, “We are not going to allow any use of bags, bottles, drinking cups or glasses, plates of plastic or material that is non-biodegradable generally dispensed by vendors at the IFFI venues.”

PANAJI, 1 NOV: The controversial PAC report of Goa Assembly on illegal mining, which indicted former chief minister Digambar Kamat and some Congress leaders, has been accepted by Speaker Rajendra A

Panaji: A Goa beach village now wants tourists to carry back the garbage they generate while having a ball on the beach.

PANJIM: The Goa unit of All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) has decided to file intervention application in the Supreme Court, seeking directives for immediate resumption of all legal mining operations in Goa. The application would be filed on November 2, when the ongoing case would be heard next.

Addressing a press conference, AITUC General Secretary Christopher Fonseca said that Goa Mining Labour Welfare Union under AITUC has been constituted, which would be filing the intervention petition in Supreme Court to put across all the facts affecting livelihood of mining dependent people, with the suspension of mining operations.

PANAJI, 11 OCT: Uncertainty over revival of mining activity in Goa in near future is forcing barge operators to scout for new locations outside the state.

PANJIM: As further indication of the environmental devastation caused by unregulated illegal mining in the State, at least 178 wells have been sucked dry in Bicholim, Shirgao and Pissurlem over the last few years, even as these areas have been receiving adequate rainfall, say experts and environmentalists.

Villagers paid heavy costs as they had to abandon 22 wells in Bicholim, 76 in Shirgao and 80 in Pissurlem which were their traditional sources of water, as the water table beneath just slipped as illegal mines pumped thousands of litres of water out of mining pits, wasting the precious resource.

PANJIM: Shortage of yellow fever vaccine at Panjim Urban Health Centre has forced those seeking to take the vaccine, to avail it from private clinics at a much higher cost.

While Panjim UHC used to provide the vaccine at a subsidized cost of Rs 300 per patient, private clinics charge an exorbitant rate of Rs 1400. A notice put up at the entrance of the Urban Health Centre, prominently warns patients that there is shortage of the vaccine. This shortage has been on since September 11 and continues till date.