Progress Report for the month of March, 2013

Date:
19.04.2013

1. Government has administratively approved illumination works of Shree Ganesh Temple in Bogda & Our Lady of Desstero Church, Vasco in Mormugao taluka and High Mast Light’s at Fatorda & Margao.

2. Government  has administratively approved following works in Cortalim & Tivim Constituency.

A. Cortalim:
I. Beautification of traffic Island near ferry point in the form of stand with statue of a fisherman cutting a net.
II. Beautification of Bandolem lake.
III. High Mast Light at Velsao beach, illumination of approach road to Velsao beach & toilet facility at Velsao beach.
B.  Tivim:
I. Beautification of Vetal Mauli Panchayatan Saunsthan Revora.
II. Illumination of Our Lady of Victory Church Revora.
III. Beautification at Bhuthnath Temple at Nadora.
IV. Beautification  at Shree Hanuman Temple at Chandai Pernem.
V. Beautification  at Xavier Church, Pernem.
VI. Beautification of Shree Shantadurga Temple at Assonora.
VII.  Illumination of St. Clara Church at Assnora.

3. The work of development, deployment, management, and operation of a water safety patrol almost throughout the coastline with State of Art facilities in the coastal waters of the State of Goa on turn key basis is in operation through M/S DRISHTI SPECIAL RESPONSE SERVICES PRIVATE LIMITED, Dona Paula.                                                                     

4. Patrolling on the beaches is being carried out by the IRB Police personnel deployed on the beaches of Goa.

5. The Department is in process of floating tenders for integrated scientific cleaning of Goan beaches with comprehensive garbage collection and disposal and hence the beach cleaning contractors are requested to carry out the beach cleaning activity till March 2013. Meanwhile, Government approval is also obtained for further extension of the said beach cleaning contract i.e. upto 31st March 2013.  

6. “M. V. River Princess”:   
As decided in the meeting of the Monitoring Committee held on 10/12/2012 at 11.00 A.M., letters were addressed to:

1. Directorate General of Shipping, Mercantile Marine Department, Headline Sada, Vasco-Goa inorder to obtain the structural drawings of the vessel M.V. “River Princess” and the Chairman & Managing Director, Goa Shipyard, Ltd., Vasco –da- Gama inorder to avail the services from them for undertaking the task of estimating the debris tonnage which is lying in the sea bed and to monitor the whole process of the cutting work.
2. However D.G. Shipping, Mercantile Marine Department Headline Sada, Vasco-Goa regretted, as they do not have the structural drawings in their office records, while the Addl. General Manager (SR & GES), Goa Shipyard Limited informed that they are involved in ship building and ship repair activities and hence it do not possess any expertise in the salvaging and reclamation of wrecked vessels and thus requested the department to appoint an specialized agency having expertise to complete the task of devising the correct methodology suited to the requirements of Candolim-Sinquerim beach stretch and also who will provide a comprehensive technical supervision for the entire process.
3. Meanwhile another letter dated 28/01/2013 was received from Addl. General Manager (SR & GES), Goa Shipyard Limited informing that:
a) A suitable agency having expertise in the field of salvaging may be   appointed and a methodology can be devised jointly with GSL to remove the debris.
b) GSL would be pleased to undertake the monitoring of the task of removal of the debris from the sea bed.
c)The cost and other requirements can be worked out after the finalization of the methodology, scope of work, duration etc.

A Monitoring Committee meeting was fixed on 23/01/2013 at 10.30 A.M., however, the said meeting was cancelled. On 28/01/2013 a file was moved requesting the Under Secretary (Revenue II), Revenue Department to rescheduled the Monitoring Committee  meeting for taking the decision in the above matter.  This file is yet to be received from them.

7. Flying squad conducted inspection/drive on the various beaches of North Goa. During operation 119 nos. beach beds, 39 nos. tables, 08 nos. umbrellas (sheds), 02 nos. chairs and 01 big size board were dismantled of unknown persons which were very closed to water line.

8. As part of promotional activities in overseas markets, Department  has participated in ITB- Berlin, Germany held from 6th to 10th March 2013, TUR-Gothenburg, Sweden held from 21st to 24th March 2013 and also organized Roadshows at City Copenhagen in Denmark on 1st March 2013, Amsterdam in Netherlands on 5th March 2013, Vilnius at Lithuania on 18th March 2013 & Riga at Latvia on 20th March 2013.

9. Likewise of promotional activities in domestic markets, Department has participated at IITM from 28th February to 2nd March 2013 at Kolkata.

10. The Department has carried out the following trade activities:

Sr. no.

Name of the Activity

New Registration

Renewal

1.

House/Guest Houses

11

38

2.

Travel Agencies

03

08

3.

Tourist Taxis

169

79

4.

Water Sports Boats

NIL

NIL

11. Quite a number of tourists domestic as well as foreign continued to visit the State during the month of March, 2013.