GSL Signs MoU with DDP
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Department of Defence Production (DDP) and Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) recently, a Miniratna Defence Public Sector Undertaking (DPSU) for the financial year 2017-18.
This year’s MoU target for ‘Revenue from Operations’ has been set at Rs 1,150 crore, which is 43% higher than the financial year 2016-17 target of Rs 800 crore.
Notably, in the financial year 2016- 17, Goa Shipyard achieved historical high VoP of Rs 1,030 crore and PBT of Rs 177 crore. GSL has crossed Rs 1,000 cr in VoP first in its history and has become second largest DPSU shipyard in the country in term of Value of Production.
GSL was adjudged as “Best Performing Shipyard” by MoD. The target for PAT to net worth ratio has been set at 13.30%. Export target has been set at 28% of ‘Revenue from Operations’ which is highest among DPSU Shipyards, it added
GIDC commences raw water pipeline testing at Verna Ind’l Estate
Water supply to units in Verna industrial estate is likely to improve partly with the Goa Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) on the verge of commissioning the 10 MLD raw water pipeline.
The pipeline is currently being tested and the commissioning could be done soon, which will be done in phases and that in the initial stage five MLD of raw water will be distributed to units.
The GIDC is planning to set up a water treatment plant to convert raw water into potable water and five MLD will be supplied in phase -2, it is learnt. Construction of the water treatment plant will be through public tender. The industrial estate will shortly receive five MLD of raw water.
President, Verna Industrial Association Damodar Kochkar said that with raw water coming in from the pipeline as well as the water resource department promising to increase supply from one MLD to four MLD units would be in a better position with regard to water requirements. “The industrial estate has several large pharmaceutical units and all of them will benefit from the commissioning of the pipeline as they have treatment plants to treat raw water,” said Kochkar.
Smaller units would utilize the raw water for other purpose, he added. Water shortage is a permanent problem facing units in Verna. The industrial estate’s total water requirement is about 12 MLD, of which it receives only one MLD from the government. The shortfall is met by units digging around 200 bore wells and depleting the plateau of ground water. To address water woes, the government in 2015 constructed a 700 mm iron, 14 km, pipeline from San Jose de Areal to Verna Industrial Estate, tapping water from the Salaulim canal. The pipeline brought in 30 MLD of raw water of which 20 MLD was to Zuarinagar, Vasco and balance 10 MLD to Verna.
But with GIDC not linking the pipeline to the existing water distribution system units continued to face acute water shortage.
Earlier the GIDC had envisaged a bigger project of constructing a water treatment plant for the estate but dropped the idea after mulling over it for nearly two years.
Most of the large units in the industrial estate purchase water from water tankers and spend a packet on water, disclosed Kochkar
The industrial estate has several large pharmaceutical units and all of them will benefit from the commissioning of the pipeline as they have treatment plants to treat raw water – Damodar Kochkar | President, Verna Industrial Estate Association
New Coastal Zone Management Plan
The new Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP) will demarcate fishing zones and breeding areas as well show pollution level of the water bodies along with coastal hazard line mapping.
The National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management (NCSCM) in response to the suggestion received from the state government on CZMP has written to the Fisheries Department and Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute seeking report on fish breeding areas.
The Chennai- based institution had a detailed presentation on the new draft plan to the state government on May 10.
NCSCM representatives had made constituency wise presentations of the draft plan and replied to observations on July 2.
The state government in its several queries and observations made over the draft plan had asked the NCSCM to demarcate fish breeding areas as well as water bodies indicating present levels of pollutants.
The NCSCM, in its clarifications, has said that the fisheries department and Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute have been requested to provide report on the fishing zones in the water bodies, so that they could be clearly marked and incorporated in the plan.
Following state government’s suggestion to demarcate water areas as per Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) standards of water quality, the national body has replied that the letter has been issued to the GSPCB to provide water quality monitoring reports on the coastal water including estuaries.
While responding to another query on the classification of the CRZs, the NCSM has stated that the land use maps will be superimposed on the draft plan, clearly demarcating the CRZ I, II, III, IV. The existing authorized developments on the seaward side will be clearly demarcated.
In response to the discussion held with the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) last month insisting on demarcation of high tide line (HTL) along all saline water bodies, the NCSM has forwarded the draft plan to all deputy collectors and directorate of settlement and land records to identify the land ingress with saline water to demarcate the HTL. Following the government’s directive to incorporate the coastal hazard line mapping carried out by the MoEFCC in the draft plan
Latambarcem Industrial Estate to take off by June 2018: Chief Minister
Assuring that the proposed Latambarcem industrial estate in Bicholim constituency would be operational by May or June 2018, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on said the previous governments, even after setting up industrial estates in various parts of Goa, did not bother to go for their land conversion. “My government will take up these post facto land conversion,” he added, “A land admeasuring 3,26,953 Sq mts has been acquired and possession been taken for the Latambarcem industrial estate, and further, the process for conversion of this land is under progress,” he added, pointing out that the work of construction of laterite masonry compound wall along the boundaries of the industrial estate is also in progress. Replying to a related question from Bicholim MLA Rajesh Patnekar during the question hour in Goa Assembly, Parrikar, who also holds the industries portfolio, said that a dedicated power station would be provided to the proposed industrial estate. “As per the Goa Industrial Development Corporation Allotment Regulations, 2014, altogether 60 percent of the land in the industrial estates is allotted through expression of interest published in the newspapers while rest 40 per cent of the land is reserved for the government, to be allotted to the projects cleared by the government,” the Chief Minister added, pointing out that the rules are being modified to utilize 5 per cent of the open spaces in the industrial estates for providing supportive services
A land admeasuring 3,26,953 Sq mts has been acquired and possession been taken for the Latambarcem industrial estate, and further, the process for conversion of this land is under progress – Manohar Parrikar
Lucky Seven will have to be moved before August end: WRD Chief Engineer
The grounding of MV Lucky Seven, owned by former cabinet minister of Haryana Gopal Kanda has already affected the wave dissipation on the beach, said experts. The vessel that ran aground at Miramar beach was all poised to be the latest edition to the list of ‘offshore casinos’ that take up the span of river Mandovi.
The water resources department is hoping that the grounded vessel, M V Lucky Seven, will be removed from the Miramar Beach before the end of August, so that they can safeguard the beach from getting permanently damaged by commencing anti-erosion measures.
Explaining the deadline, chief engineer of the Water Resource Department (WRD) Sandeep Nadkarni said, “Currently, the beaches are getting eroded as per the natural process called beach depletion. Beaches lose sand during this period, which lasts till the end of August or first week of September. Following that the natural process of recovering happens and the beaches are restored. We are hoping that if by then the vessel is removed from the beach, the damage done to it (Miramar beach) won’t be permanent.”
The Chief Engineer added that the situation will become difficult once the sand starts accumulating back.
The department will be approaching the central water and power research station, Pune, once the vessel is removed from the beach. The institute will analyse the damage to the beach and will recommend the necessary plans to repair it.
Almost a quarter of the state’s coastline has been severely damaged by erosion and the WRD has pumped in almost Rs 16 crore to replenish it. An approximate 100m stretch of the beach, south of the grounded vessel, towards Caranzalem side has started retreating with the impact of powerful wind- driven waves
IT Policy in 2 months: Rohan Khaunte
The proposed state IT Policy would direct its focus on local companies looking for expansion in the State, the Legislative Assembly was told by InfoTech Minister Rohan Khaunte.
The policy will also encourage medium – sized IT companies for generation of jobs.
Khaunte told the House that the draft policy will be unveiled in the next two months, which will promote IT startups in the state. “The State government is in the process of drafting a revamped IT policy, which will be ready in the next two months. The policy will speak about encouraging employment generating mid-companies and Goan IT companies looking for expansion in the state. We would welcome all types of industries, but our immediate focus is on promotion of start-ups and expansion of existing IT companies,” the minister said.
He said the government would also look at promoting the bigger IT companies on public private partnership (PPP) mode. Khaunte said IT startups are being promoted to stop the brain drain from the state. “The State aims to set up 100 startups in the next five years and 20,000 sq mts of land will be demarcated for the purpose of IT park,” he added.
Khaunte went on to add that one lakh square feet land will be earmarked only for startups at the IT Park at Chimbel. He also informed the House that a 48 seater incubation centre will be set up through STPI in Panaji soon to help local IT entrepreneurs.
Rubbishing criticism that Goa had missed the IT bus, Khaunte stated that all efforts will be made by the government to nurture a healthy culture in the State. “Our youth should be job givers and not mere job seekers,” he said.
Elaborating on the structure of the IT Park to be set up at Chimbel on three lakh sq mts of land, Khaunte said that one third of the IT Park land will be allotted to startups, another one-third will be allotted to existing IT companies for expansion and the remaining one-third will be given to bigger IT industries wishing to set up their shops in Goa.
Khaunte said that the government will sort out all the issues with regard to the development of IT industry in State within next 18 months