Among those contesting this panchayat elections are the kith and kin of a former chief minister, former tourism minister, current speaker and two current MLAs. Several of the political bigwigs whose relatives are contesting are those who lost the recent assembly elections.
Volunteers of the Save Old Goa Action Committee have temporarily suspended their ongoing satyagraha owing to heavy rainfall warnings. The volunteers are protesting the illegal structure in the world heritage site of Old Goa and demanding its demolition. The protest had completed 223 days till July 5.
Waterfalls across the state will now be given a facelift and equipped with facilities like bio-toilets every 500 metres, lifeguards and guides, forest minister Vishwajit Rane said on Tuesday. He said that forest officials have been instructed to complete the file work immediately to provide facilities like changing rooms and bio-toilets.
The state government has submitted the draft coastal zone management plan (CZMP) 2011 with corrections to the Union environment ministry for its final approval and notification. The draft plan provides for protection to local fishermen and their houses that existed before the 1991 notification, a government official said.
After months of uncertainty that included a government-planned delay and a lawsuit that went right up to the Supreme Court, 186 village panchayats are finally set to go to polls on Wednesday. Although they aren’t being fought along party lines, panels are backed by politicians, and the results will serve as a barometer to gauge public opinion.