Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Divja - IFFI related installations in Panjim

At the entrance of Panjim there is an iffi related installation which signifies Divja, festival of light. It is based on the theme Tamsoma Jyotigamaya, which in hindi means lead us to the light from darkness. The installation describes married women in traditional attire with earthen lamps on their heads.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

GOA NEWS - Goa Tourism Department invites bids for beach cleaning

Times Of  India - Goa - Friday, 19 July 2013
In the coming tourist season, visitors  to Goa's pristine beaches can hope to see cleaner beaches. The goa tourism department has floated a tender inviting bids for comprehensive management and cleanliness of about 40 beaches along the 105 km coastline of the state. The successful bidder will have to bear responsibility for segregation, composting organic waste and depositing non-biodegradable material at a centralized place, in addition to collection of waste. 
There will be total manual beach cleaning at eco-sensitive beaches such as Morjim and Mandrem in North Goa, and Galgibaga and Agonda in South Goa. These beaches have been identified and declared as turtle-nesting sites.Mechanized beach cleaning will be taken up at Colva and Calangute; the two most popular beaches.
Dustbins will be installed at every 100m of widely-visited beach stretches. Presently, none of the beaches even those that are widely-visited in North Goa, have dustbins installed. The department intends to complete the whole process before start of the next tourism season. The last date for receipt of tenders is August 23.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

GOA NEWS - Floating hotels will harm environment: Goa government

OMG :-) - Its controversy galore for Goas rivers this year by the looks of it .First it was all about the offshore or should i say off river casinos out along the Mandovi river started off by our very own chief minister Mr Parrikar and now it is  a case opposing floating hotels in the Zuari.

In an official statement issued Thursday, July 11, 2013- state Minister for Forests and Environment Alina Saldanha accused the Marmugoa port trust (MPT)  of being “colonial” in its mindset and asked it to stop using Goa’s rivers as its “private fiefdom”. ”It appears that MPT is only interested in revenue generation for itself and is not bothered about the ecological and environmental damage such projects may cause to the state or its people,” Saldanha’s strongly worded statement said, rejecting the project.

About a fortnight ago, MPT chairman P. Mara Pandiyan told reporters that the agency had MPT had received two proposals to set up floating hotels in the Zuari river. In his statement Mr Pandiyan said  ”We have received two proposals to start floating hotels at the Mormugao port. As per the proposal received from some private parties, each floating hotel will roughly house 400 guests,” Pandiyan said. He said that the proposers of the floating hotel projects would be allowed to decide where they want to anchor the floating hotels in the Zuari river.

The entire mandovi river front is now but a vestige of beauty that it once was and now our politicians and babus are going all out to take a swing at the Zuari. I have seen Goa developing over the years and we have unfortunately not given heed to the notion that one of our biggest revenue generators – Tourism will only survive if Goa natural beauty is preserved .

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Goa Cashew Plantation Photos

Goa has over 55,000 hectares of area under Cashew Plantations. The cashew crop is cultivated in Goa every year. Cashew trees flower in January-February and the nuts mature by April-May making it a seasonal fruit. The hilly Talukas such as Canacona are known for cashew plantations where entire hills are dedicated to cashew plantations with arecanut plantations in the valleys (also called kulagars – more on this in a later post)

Around May the fruit bearing nuts fall to the ground and collection is done by the locals during this season. Most owners auction out large areas of land under cashew plantation to middle man who employ daily wage labourers to collect the nuts. The nuts are dried in the drying yards for 2 to 3 days and packed in gunny bags and auctioned off for further processing and packaging. Salted and roasted nuts which are enjoyed all over the world and constitute an important source of foreign exchange to the goan economy

Another important byproduct is Feni which is cashew juice fermented into alcohol. The cashew feni is sold in Goan bars and taverns. The extraction of cashew feni is quite similar to that of toddy extraction in palm, the first fermentation giving urrack, while the second distillation producing the required alcoholic Feni.