Friday, 24 April 2015

Call to revoke NOC granted to Aqua Sail in Zuari

Date: 21st  April 2015
To,
The Secretary (Fisheries)
Government of Goa,
Porvorim, Goa


Subject:  Revocation of NOC for Aqua Sail

Sir,

On February 24th 2015 you made polite request to Director (Fisheries) to (1) put up the status of Aqua Sail, (2) To check the links www.bharatmukti.blogspot.in/search/label/Fishing for the evidence of use of machine operators/engines for sail boat, (3) to take necessary action and (4) Update.

Director of Fisheries has not taken into account point two of getting evidence on use of machine operator/engine for sail boat. In an update report to you this evidence seems to be eclipsed out and report submitted to your office. This we surmised based on our interactions with you on 7th April 2015.

Director of Fisheries is therefore involved in covering up illegalities perpetuated by Aqua Sail just the same way she is involved in perpetuating illegalities by trawlers in Zuari river that we have brought to your notice in our letter of 7th April 2015.
We therefore urge you the following:

(1)  Investigations into Aqua Sail affairs be carried under your direct supervision with inclusion of said evidence of use of machines on board and then permission granted be revoked.
(2)  Action be initiated against the Director (Fisheries) for promoting illegalities.

Awaiting your positive and prompt action,

Thanking you in anticipation.



Yours sincerely,
           


Sd/-
Maggie Silveira
President, Bharat Mukti Morcha, Goa State

Sd/-
Rohidas Andrade
Convener, Bharat Mukti Morcha, Bambolim Unit

Sd/-
Anthony Cardozo
Convener, Bharat Mukti Morcha, Curca Unit

Sd/-
Sanjay Pereira
Convener, Bharat Mukti Morcha, Cacra Unit

Sd/-
Socorro Braganza
Convener, Bharat Mukti Morcha, Siridao Unit

Sd/-
Jeron D’Souza

Convener, Bharat Mukti Morcha, Siridao Unit

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Goa Tourism Secretary urged to protect fisher people in Zuari

Date: 21st April 2015

To,

The Secretary (Tourism)
Government of Goa,
Secretariat,
Porvorim, Goa.

Subject: Fishing rights violations in Zuari river affecting villagers of Odxel, Cacra, Nauxi, Bambolim, Siridao, Dona Paula, Agassaim, Goa Velha, Cortalim, Sancoale etc due MPT proposed marinas

Sir,
We have been informed on by the Collector (North) Smt. Nila Mohanan when delegation of Bharat Mukti Morcha called on her on April 17th 2015 that Tourism Ministry is involved in promoting two Marinas in Zuari river at Sancoale and Bambolim.

We write to you to express our complete opposition to the Marmagoa Port Trust (MPT) proposed and Goa Government endorsed two Marinas in Zuari river to cater to the high end tourists. One of them is in Bambolim and second one in Sancoale as per declaration of in-charge Chairman of MPT Mr.Cyril George to press on April 8, 2015 in Panjim. The villagers engaged in fishing activities in Tiswadi taluka are directly affected specially from the villages of Odxel, Cacra, Nauxi, Bambolim, Siridao, Agassaim, Goa Velha, and Dona Paula are affected in North Goa while Sancoale, Cortalim, etc villages are affected in South Goa. The decision of MPT to construct Marinas earlier in Nauxi was opposed on 05 December 2010 and the links to Times of India report is here for your ready reference:

Villagers successfully opposed this ill-conceived project of the MPT and now after four years and four months is sought to implement the same project all over again, this time in Bambolim.

Curca-Telaulim-Bambolim Panchayat in fact passed Gram Sabha resolution against proposed marina on January 30, 2011 on grounds that it would adversely affect the traditional fishing activities of the villagers. The villagers also argued that the waterfront would spell ecological disaster to the village as it require dredging of the river and construction on the waterfront both of which would affect the flow of water. You may access links online of the report published in Times of India:

The village Panchayat of Curca-Telaulim-Bambolim-Nauxim Gram Sabha on 19th April 2015 has already expressed its unanimous opposition to the proposed Marinas in Zuari river. Why should serving high end tourists in the form of marinas spell dead end to local fisher people on the banks of Zuari river? This is important to answer.

Our understanding is that this decision is declaration of war against indigenous people as first our land was taken over for Goa University, International Centre, Aldeia de Goa, Grand Hyatt, and now our river too is being taken away without our consent. Truly arrogant plus dictatorial way of functioning intended towards complete destruction of livelihood based on fishing threatening food security. Aldeia de Goa and Grand Hyatt are starred hotels serving tourists and are illegitimately occupying land of local tribal people’s homeland. This is nature of aggression perpetuated on indigenous people of Goa in the name of tourism on land. And now this aggression on indigenous people including ST. OBC people has been extended into Zuari river.

Both the proposed marinas in Sancoale as well as Bambolim are sure to prove to be a doom for the fisher people of both North and South Goa.

Kindly convey our views of firm opposition to both the marinas in Zuari river to the concerned Goa State Government authorities as well as Marmagoa Port Trust (MPT) and Union Ministry of Shipping as pleasure of high end tourists cannot be allowed to take priority over our livelihood through fishing.

We urge you to take our views seriously as otherwise it would lead to serious fall out in the lives of fisher people. Your timely action to scrap both these marinas would be highly appreciated. You as one of the senior most officers in the Ministry of Tourism are expected by us to act decisively and scrap the two marinas at Sancoale and Bambolim respectively.

Awaiting your early and prompt action,

Thanking you,

Yours sincerely
Sd/-
Maggie Silveira
President, Bharat Mukti Morcha, Goa State

Sd/-
Rohidas Andrade
Convener, Bharat Mukti Morcha, Bambolim Unit

Sd/-
Anthony Cardozo
Convener, Bharat Mukti Morcha, Curca Unit

Sd/-
Sanjay Pereira
Convener, Bharat Mukti Morcha, Cacra Unit

Sd/-
Socorro Braganza
Convener, Bharat Mukti Morcha, Siridao Unit

Sd/-
Jeron D’Souza
Convenor, Bharat Mukti Morcha, Siridao Unit


Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Commissioner of Ports petitioned on MPT aggression on Zuari river

Date: 21st April 2015

To,

The Commissioner & Secretary (Ports)
Government of Goa,
Chamber No. 203
3rd Floor, Secretariat,
Porvorim, Goa.

Subject: Fishing rights violations in Zuari river affecting villagers of Odxel, Cacra, Nauxi, Bambolim, Siridao, Dona Paula, Agassaim, Goa Velha, Cortalim, Sancoale etc due MPT proposed marinas

Sir,
We write to you to express our complete opposition to the Marmagoa Port Trust (MPT) proposed and Goa Government endorsed two Marinas in Zuari river to cater to the high end tourists. One of them is in Bambolim and second one in Sancoale as per declaration of in-charge Chairman of MPT Mr.Cyril George to press on April 8, 2015 in Panjim. The villagers engaged in fishing activities in Tiswadi taluka are directly affected specially from the villages of Odxel, Cacra, Nauxi, Bambolim, Siridao, Agassaim, Goa Velha, and Dona Paula are affected in North Goa while Sancoale, Cortalim, etc villages are affected in South Goa. The decision of MPT to construct Marinas earlier in Nauxi was opposed on 05 December 2010 and the links to Times of India report is here for your ready reference:


Villagers successfully opposed this ill-conceived project of the MPT and now after four years and four months is sought to implement the same project all over again, this time in Bambolim.

Curca-Telaulim-Bambolim Panchayat in fact passed Gram Sabha resolution against proposed marina on January 30, 2011 on grounds that it would adversely affect the traditional fishing activities of the villagers. The villagers also argued that the waterfront would spell ecological disaster to the village as it require dredging of the river and construction on the waterfront both of which would affect the flow of water. You may access links online of the report published in Times of India:
The village Panchayat of Curca-Telaulim-Bambolim-Nauxim Gram Sabha on 19th April 2015 has already expressed its unanimous opposition to the proposed Marinas in Zuari river. Why should serving high end tourists in the form of marinas spell dead end to local fisher people on the banks of Zuari river? This is important to answer.

Our understanding is that this decision is declaration of war against indigenous people as first our land was taken over for Goa University, International Centre, Aldeia de Goa, Grand Hyatt, and now our river too is being taken away without our consent. Truly arrogant plus dictatorial way of functioning intended towards complete destruction of livelihood based on fishing threatening food security.

Both the proposed marinas in Sancoale as well as Bambolim are sure to prove to be a doom for the fisher people of both North and South Goa.

Kindly convey our views of firm opposition to both the marinas in Zuari river to the concerned Goa State Government authorities as well as Marmagoa Port Trust (MPT) and Union Ministry of Shipping as pleasure of high end tourists cannot be allowed to take priority over our livelihood through fishing.

We urge you to take our views seriously as otherwise it would lead to serious fall out in the lives of fisher people. Your timely action to scrap both these marinas would be highly appreciated. You as one of the senior most officers in the Ministry of Shipping associated with affairs of MPT are expected by us to act decisively and scrap the two marinas at the earliest in Sancoale and Bambolim respectively.

Awaiting your early and prompt action,

Thanking you,

Yours sincerely
Sd/-
Maggie Silveira
President, Bharat Mukti Morcha, Goa State

Sd/-
Rohidas Andrade
Convener, Bharat Mukti Morcha, Bambolim Unit

Sd/-
Anthony Cardozo
Convener, Bharat Mukti Morcha, Curca Unit

Sd/-
Sanjay Pereira
Convener, Bharat Mukti Morcha, Cacra Unit

Sd/-
Socorro Braganza
Convener, Bharat Mukti Morcha, Siridao Unit

Sd/-
Jeron D’Souza

Convenor, Bharat Mukti Morcha, Siridao Unit

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Intrigueing illegal trawler fishing in Zuari river

On 21 April 2015 at 10.00 am there were 8 trawlers fishing illegally in Zuari river. This is a vexatious issue that needs to be resolved sooner the better. State government has been complaisant about it so far for the reasons unknown. This is very bad. Bamon Raj rule is very bad and it needs to end.

Friday, 17 April 2015

Bharat Mukti Morcha delegation to North Goa Collector discussed remedies to fishing rights violations in Zuari river

Four member delegation from Bharat Mukti Morcha led by Maggie Silveira today 17th April 2015 called on North Goa Collector Smt.Nila Mohanan IAS at her office in Panjim. Delegation was in response to revelation from the the Director of Fisheries Sharmila Monteiro that Deputy Collector is involved in granting permissions to water sports activities in Zuari river that cause tremendous fishing rights violations. Delegation also conveyed the opposition to MPT proposed Marinas in Zuari river. Written presentation was also handed over to the North Goa Collector in this regard.

Collector assured the delegates of directing the Deputy Collector to act according to the letter from Bharat Mukti Morcha. She also informed that views of Bharat Mukti Morcha on opposing Marinas in Bambolim for high end tourists will be communicated to the respective government departments. Bharat Mukti Morcha had made special request to communicate to Union Ministry of Shipping, New Delhi. 

Smt. Mohanan informed delegation that it is Tourism department that is involved in promoting Marinas in Zuari river.

Fishing rights violations in Zuari river affecting villagers of Odxel, Cacra, Nauxi, Bambolim, Siridao, Dona Paula, Agassaim, Goa Velha etc due to water sports and proposed marinas

Date: 17th April 2015

To,
The Collector (North)
Government of Goa,
Panjim, Goa.

Subject: Fishing rights violations in Zuari river affecting villagers of Odxel, Cacra, Nauxi, Bambolim, Siridao, Dona Paula, Agassaim, Goa Velha etc due to water sports and proposed marinas

Respected Madam,

As you are already aware of our letters to you dated 21stNovember 2014, 15th December 2014, 19th January 2015 and 27th February 2015 that fishing communities are facing threat from tourism related water sports activities Hotel Grand Hyatt and illegal fishing by trawlers in Zuari river.

We have been informed by Director of Fisheries Sharmila Monteiro that your office/ Deputy collector’s office is involved in granting of permission for February 22, 2015 and March 22, 2015 water sports activities in the form of a race called triathlon.  Secretary (Fisheries) Mr.Amjad Tak, IAS has recommended us to get in touch with you in this regard and seek remedy for our problems.

On both these days there was complete disturbance of fishing activities as motored boats dominated the river. On February 22, 2015 there were 25 water sports boats in river that disrupted fishing activities. On March 22, 2015 four double motored boats were in the river in addition to two single motored ones. So all together there were six of them.

This is the first reason we are petitioning to you to investigate and direct the Deputy Collector not to issue any such permission to organize any such activities in future including on April 22, 2015. If any permission is already granted then it be reverted immediately.

The second reason is to express our complete opposition to the Marmagoa Port Trust (MPT) proposed and Goa Cabinet endorsed two Marinas in Zuari river to cater to the high end tourists. One of them is in Bambolim and second one in Sancoale. The villagers engaged in fishing activities in Tiswadi taluka are directly affected specially from the villages of Odxel, Cacra, Nauxi, Bambolim, Siridao, Agassaim, Goa Velha, and Dona Paula. The decision of MPT to construct Marinas earlier in Nauxi was opposed on 05 December 2010 and the links to Times of India report is here for your ready reference:

Villagers successfully opposed this ill-conceived project of the MPT and now after four years and four months is sought to implement the same project all over again, this time in Bambolim.

Curca-Telaulim-Bambolim Panchayat in fact passed Gram Sabha resolution against proposed marina on January 30, 2011 on grounds that it would adversely affect the traditional fishing activities of the villagers. The villagers also argued that the waterfront would spell ecological disaster to the village as it require dredging of the river and construction on the waterfront both of which would affect the flow of water. You may access links online of the report published in Times of India:

Why should serving high end tourists in the form of marinas be dead end to local fisher people on the banks of Zuari river? This is important to answer. Our understanding is that this decision is declaration of war against indigenous people as first our land was taken over for Goa University, International Centre, Aldeia de Goa, Grand Hyatt, and now our river too is being taken away without our consent. Truly arrogant plus dictatorial way of functioning intended towards complete destruction of livelihood based on fishing threatening food security.

Kindly convey our views of firm opposition to both the marinas in Zuari river to the concerned Goa State Government authorities as well as Marmagoa Port Trust and Union Ministry of Shipping as pleasure of high end tourists cannot be allowed to take priority over our livelihood through fishing.

Awaiting your early and prompt action,

Thanking you,

Yours sincerely

Sd/-
Maggie Silveira
President, Bharat Mukti Morcha, Goa State

Sd/-
Rohidas Andrade
Convenor, Bharat Mukti Morcha, Bambolim Unit

Sd/-
Milind Palkar
Convenor, Bharat Mukti Morcha, Nauxi Unit

Sd/-
Sitaram Pereira
Convenor, Bharat Mukti Morcha, Odxel Unit

Sd/-
Sanjay Pereira
Convenor, Bharat Mukti Morcha, Cacra Unit

Sd/-
Jerone D’Souza
Secretary, Bharat Mukti Morcha, Siridona Unit



Thursday, 16 April 2015

Increase on fishing rights violations in Zuari river today

There has been sharp increase in Trawlers indulging in fishing rights violations in Zuari river. Today 16th April 2015 witnessed 10 trawlers carrying on illegal fishing in Zuari river from 6.00 am to 10.00 am and another 9 trawlers doing the same from 3 pm to 5 pm. Governance in Goa has suffered because it is guided by Bamani agenda of promoting illegalities all round.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Illegal trawling raise its ugly head with connivance from Director of Fisheries

At 9.40 am six trawlers carried on illegal fishing. Then at 4.05 pm two trawlers carried on illegal fishing in Zuari river. Sad state of governance under Bamon Raj.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Illegal fishing early in the morning

Two trawlers carried on illegal fishing in Zuari river on 8th April at 6.00 am. Most of the illegal fishing is going on under direct patronage of Director of Fisheries, Government of Goa.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Bharat Mukti Morcha delegation to Secretary to Fisheries

Today 7th April 2015 delegation of Bharat Mukti Morcha led by Maggie Silveira called on Secretary (Fisheries), Government of Goa Mr. Amjad Tak IAS and appraised him of continues violations of fishing rights in Zuari river. Other members includes Rohidas Andrade, Anthony Cardozo and Sanjay Pereira. 

Mr.Tak was given written appraisal report from the field with regard to illegal fishing rights violations in Zuari river. Mr. Tak disclosed that the Director of Fisheries has been given all the powers to crackdown on illegal fishing including powers to pound the trawlers engaged in illegal fishing in Zuari river. Yet not a single Trawlers has been pounded so far. Director of Fisheries was herself involved in promoting illegal fishing by trawlers in Zuari.

The issue of water sports activities carried on by Hotel Grand Hyatt through Aqua sail was also discussed. Through the discussion the fabrication of investigative report prepared by Superintendent of fisheries supporting water sports activities was revealed.