Tejas Express will boost tourism for Goa: Tourism Minister Ajgaonkar

Tejas ExpressManohar Ajgaonkar,  Minister for Tourism, said that the Tejas Express,  India’s  first semi-high speed luxury train service that will operate between Mumbai and Goa, will be a big boost for Goa tourism.

The Tejas Express packed with modern facilities on board, is a big delight for travelers to Goa, both during the peak season and off-season. Ajgaonkar not only welcomed the new rail service initiative, but all tourists utilizing this rail service to the State. He is hopeful that the Railway Ministry will give special attention to the urgent need for up-gradation of railway stations and improve facilities, cleanliness and hygiene as Goa is a tourism destination.

The 19-coach fully air-conditioned train has LED TVs, tea and coffee vending machines, catering service, bio-vacuum toilets, GPS based passenger information display screens and adequate leg room for each seat. The train will run on the Mumbai-Goa route five days of the week: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the non-monsoon period.

During the monsoon, between June 10 and October 31, it will operate thrice in a week on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

Yakult Danone India Pvt Ltd expands in Goa

Yakult Danone India Pvt Ltd announced its expansion in Goa, thus strengthening its commitment to the Western India market with the launch of its globally acclaimed probiotic health drink, Yakult.

The drink was launched in India in 2008 and is currently available in different parts of the nation including Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Jaipur, Chandigarh and Punjab

Minoru Shimada, Managing Director, Yakult Danone India Pvt Ltd said, “We are happy to launch Yakult in Goa after the positive response from other major markets in India. In Japan, Yakult is a household name and people of all ages drink it as a part of their daily diet. Launched in 1935, we sell more than 35 million bottles every day in 38 countres and regions.

In India we have engaged Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty Kundra as our brand ambassador to spread the concept of probiotic food for healthy living.

Chaudhary extends support to Goa’s IT plans

P P Chaudhary
P P Chaudhary

P P Chaudhary, Union Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology extended full support to Goa for the development of the information and technology sector. Chaudhary, who was on Goa visit, called on the Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and had discussions on the various issues pertaining to the IT industry of the state.

Later, he also held a meeting with the officials of Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology including National Informatics Centre (NIC), which also marked the presence of the Information and Technology Minister Rohan Khaunte and director of IT Ameya Abhyankar.

“As he has suggested, the state government will send proposals to Union Ministry regarding various projects. Accordingly, the ministry will release the fund to the state,” the IT Minister said.

Khaunte said that he held a discussion with the Union Minister of the State on various initiatives in the IT sector of Goa. He also added that the minister has promised to extend all kinds of support to the State of Goa for the development of the IT sector of the State.

CM congratulates EDC for turning profitable

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar recently said that the progress of government companies earning profits has begun with EDC.

“Process of government companies earning profits has begun. EDC has turned into a profit making venture now after many years and other government companies will follow suit,” Parrikar said addressing the gathering after inaugurating the EDC Park at Panjim.

He further added, “In the last five years it has been seen that government companies have started making profit. Two or three corporations are still not making profits but another three or four government companies have started making profits. EDC has made a profit of Rs 45 crore and I congratulate the entire team on this.” The minister also mentioned that CSR activities are undertaken whenever a corporation has profits and the fact that EDC was getting on with CSR projects was a sign that the government corporation is doing well. EDC has financed units, which has helped the state to ease the problem of employment and created a business ecosystem for entrepreneurs.

Goa leads the way on LED for street lighting

Goa is on its way to becoming the first state in the country to have LED-powered streetlights. Around 1, 21,000 streetlights fixtures have already been fitted throughout the state as on May31.

“Sixty-five percent of streetlight fixtures have already been replaced with LED lights. All streetlights in Panaji and Curchorem have been replaced with LED fixtures. The project is ongoing in other divisions of the electricity department and is expected to be complete by the end of the month. Once complete, Goa will be the first Indian state to be using 100% LED streetlights,” says Manik Kshetrapal, CEO, Bharat Vikas Group, the company that is implementing the street lighting national programme in the state.

Goa to be promoted as destination for exhibitions and fairs

Tourism Minister, Manohar Ajgaonkar inaugurating Food Hospitality World( FHW) Expo at Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor stadium
Tourism Minister, Manohar Ajgaonkar inaugurating Food Hospitality World( FHW) Expo at Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor stadium

Minister for Tourism, Manohar Ajgaonkar impressed on the importance for promoting Goa as an International Destination for Exhibitions and Fairs to boost tourism and the hospitality industry in the State.

Inaugurating  the   31st edition  of Food Hospitality  World (FHW)  Expo,  Ajgaonkar said, “It will be the endeavour  of the Government  of Goa through the Department  of Tourism  to  provide the right infrastructure and platform  for  MICE tourism  in Goa  where  such mega  exhibitions and  fairs  of  national and international repute are held for the benefit of  tourism stakeholders in Goa.”

Ajgaonkar revealed plans being drawn up by the Department of Tourism, Govt. of Goa for initiating various projects in the State which will be tabled in the House in the forthcoming sessions of the Goa Legislative Assembly.

Chef Ranjeet Pandey, President, Goa Culinary Forum and Mohan Deshpande, President, Hospitality Purchase Managers’ Forum (HPMF) were also present at the inauguration.

The third edition of FHW’s Goa edition, was held from the 1st to the 3rd of June 2017 at the Dr. S. P. Mukherjee Indoor Stadium at Bambolim. The show featured over 5,000 product categories and witnessed participation of over 300 international brands, alongside more than 7,000 industry professionals. Live demos, panel discussions, culinary competitions and participation from leading kingpins in the hospitality industry were some of the key highlights.

Goa Chamber elects new Managing Committee

The new Managing Committee of GCCI for the term 2017-19 was declared elected unopposed on 31st May. The new Committee will assume office from July 2017 under the leadership of Chartered Accountant Sandip Bhandare who was earlier elected unopposed as President. Bhandare will succeed Narayan Bandekar who served as President of GCCI for last two terms from 2013-2017

The new Managing Committee will have stalwarts like Mahadev (Manoj) Caculo (Caculo Group), Ralph de Sousa (de Souza Group), Pratima Dhond (Hotel Manoshanti), Joseph D’Souza (D’Souza Biotech), Chandrakant Gawas (Shraddha Shipping), Yatin Kakodkar (Apex Packaging), Kirit Maganlal (Magsons), Datta Damodar Naik (Commonwealth Developers), Girish Bharne (Persistent Systems), Ranjit Singh Chugh (Zuari Agro Chemicals), Dr. Sangam Kurade (Zuari Foods) and some young entrepreneurs like Harshvardhan Bhatkuly (Savoir Faire Media),  Aakash Khaunte (Alcon Anil Counto Enterprises) and Rajesh Dempo (Vision Dempo).

The members of the newly elected Committee represent a wide variety of sectors like IT, taxation, automobile, tourism, hospitality, manufacturing, retail, agriculture, logistics, shipbuilding, real estate, mass communication media etc.

IDC to take possession of the unutilized and underutilized plots

IDCThe Goa Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is expected to begin with a process to take possession of the unutilized or underutilized plots since its allocation in 2014. With the introduction of the IDC Allotment Regulations 2014 and IDC Transfer and Sublease Regulation 2014, the Corporation has allotted 140 new plots to small and micro industrial players for setting up their respective units. All the 140 plots allotted will be surveyed and the unutilized plots will be reallotted.

It is obligatory for the person allocated the plot to utilize 30 percent of its area by carrying out certain portion of production activities, before putting up papers for transfer as per the plot transfer regulations.

“We will be conducting a fresh survey to identify the plots that are left unutilized or underutilized by the owners since 2014. We would be coming out with a comprehensive plan to take over the vacant plots and re- allot them,” a senior official said.

An official said that as the government is serious on endorsing Goa as an industrial destination, it has to solve the problem of land. “We have enough land in the industrial estates, but it has been occupied and kept without use,” the official said.

The Comptroller Auditor General (CAG) has censured IDC for its failure to act against 146 defaulting plot allottees involving 6.37 lakh sq.mtrs of land left unutilized or underutilized since 1989. He had also shown that IDC failed to repossess the plots but also remained unsuccessful to levy a penalty of 30 percent of the plot premium.

In 2013, IDC had initiated a procedure to take over unutilized plots and had issued show cause notices to 142 plot owners. The Corporation since then had taken over possession of nearly 50 plots from the occupants.

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