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People to react for LS, if mining doesn’t start: Vijai Sardesai



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GOA: BJP ally  Goa Forward Party (GFP) on Monday said that the people will “react during Lok Sabha elections”, if BJP fails to resolve the impending crisis on the mining industry.

GFP President and State Town and Country Planning Minister Vijai Sardesai also equated the current mining issue to the “regional aspirations”.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi says  ek bharat, shreshta bharat. His statement is with regional aspirations in mind. If any party is not able to meet regional aspirations then we will not be able to get support of the people,” the minister said talking to reporters in Margao town of South Goa on Monday.

“Even the PM says so (about regional aspirations). So what is regional aspirations? Mining is the backbone of economy. It should start,” he added.

 “If mining crisis is not solved before Lok Sabha election, then people will react towards the BJP candidates,” he said.

Sardesai said that no amount of fire fighting by parties like GFP to support BJP candidate during Lok Sabha polls will work.

“Whatever statements we might make, the people will react during Lok Sabha election. How will you get the votes, if you don’t work to solve the issues of the people?,” he questioned.

Around two lakh mining dependents under the banner of Goa Mining People’s Front are agitating demanding resumption of the industry which has been shut down since last year due to Supreme Court order.

Ahead of historic Opinion Poll Day celebrations, Sardesai said the identity politics has gained much importance.

Goa had witnessed historical opinion poll in which the people had voted against the merger of former Portuguese territory into neighbouring Maharashtra.

 Sardesai said that on the eve of opinion poll day celebrations,  we need that the heroes who have maintained our identity should be recognized.

“If they are not recognized, people will not be with you. We (GFP) speak about identity politics. Goa retained its Goemkarponn (Goanness) due to Opinion Poll. If we had not to win that (Opinion poll), then we would have been just one taluka of Maharashtra,” he said.

“If we don’t accept it and don’t recognize in the history, then people will not be happy with you,” he added.

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Solution for mining impasse soon: Shah



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New Delhi: The  solution for current impasse on the industry would be brought about soon by the Central government, BJP National President Amit Shah told the delegation of Mining dependents and MPs.

The delegation of Goa Mining People’s Front along with all the three Members of Parliament – Shripad Naik, Narendra Sawaikar and Vinay Tendulkar, met Shah in New Delhi on Sunday.

GMPF President Puti Gaonkar, in a statement issued has said that Shah mentioned that the data about the loss of jobs, idle trucks and barges and bank Non Performing Assets is worrying.

“Shah assured that a solution to the present mining impasse shall be brought about soon by the Central government,” Gaonkar added.

“During the meeting on Sunday, Shah stated that the issue of livelihood faced by lakhs of Goans due to stoppage of mining activities in the State is known by all and that Chief Minister of Goa Manohar Parrikar and MPs of Goa have been following up with the Central government for a solution,” he added.

The mining industry in Goa has come to a standstill since March last year after Supreme Court quashed 88 Iron Ore extraction leases in the coastal state.

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Three critical in Cement Block manufacturing factory blast at Tuem



Three workers were critically injured in a last at Cement block manufacturing unit at Tuem

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GOA: Three workers were critically injured and six others had miraculous escape with minor injuries after a blast in a cement block manufacturing factory at Tuem Industrial Estate, this afternoon.

The incident happened around 12.15 noon when more than dozen of workers were present in the factory.

Pernem Police Inspector Sandesh Chodankar said that all three workers who were injured in the blast were taken to Goa Medical College and Hospital.

“Their situation is critical and being treated,” he said.

While Fire and Emergency Services rushed to the spot immediately, they cordoned off the place and extinguished the fire.

Chodankar said that the exact cause of blast would be known only after State Factories and Boilers Department submits its report.

He said that the offence of endangering human life would be filed against the owner and management of the factory.

Tuem Industrial Estate is located in Pernem taluka, which is bordering Maharashtra.

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Urban Arts Commission to guide Goa govt on Architect heritage preservation



TCP Board has decided to constitute Urban Arts Commission which will map the projects from Architectural heritage point of view.


GOA:  Town and Country Planning Board’s Conservation Committee has resolved to constitute `Urban Arts Commission’ which will guide the State and local bodies on mapping the projects which will preserve the Architectural heritage of the coastal state.

The Conservation Committee of State Town and Country Planning Board, which met under the chairmanship of minister Vijai Sardesai, resolved to form the commission, which will guide the State and other local bodies.

Sardesai told reporters that the future buildings in the State must follow the law of aesthetic. “Ours is a party which believes in heritage. Heritage is also Architecture,” said Sardesai who heads BJP ally Goa Forward Party.

The commission, he said, will  advice the government in the matter of preserving, developing and maintaining the aesthetic quality of urban and environmental design within Goa.

“It will also advice and guide local bodies, in respect of any project of building for any development project which affects or likely to affect the Architectural Aesthetic quality of surrounding specially in conservation zones,” he said.

The commission will also advice TCP department through the board’s Conservation Committee “about  various avenues to set up Goan street-scapes.”

The minister said one of the member on the commission will have statutory powers, who will be there on the commission as well as he will be there on the board.

“My basic principle is that whatever change of Zone that we are doing now through either section16 B of TCP Act  or any other way, this change of zone should also reflect Goan streetscape,” he commented.

“If we convert the land, it should have only Goan architecture,” he said adding “what my predecessors have not done, I intend to at least do. So better late then never.”

In yet another decision, the TCP board has also decided to have policy as far as signages in the heritage areas is concerned.

The office of Chief Architect will provide do’s and don’t’s as far as signages is concerned in Heritage areas which would be implemented with the help of local civic bodies or panchayats, he said.

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