Monday, 11 December 2017

Goa rivers declaration as National Waterways like Goa Liberation?

Its revolt to be fought for! Calling People of Goa to join!


Goa Liberation of 1961 and declaration of Goa's six rivers as National Waterways; do they have any similarity? Well really yes, according to Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar's response to Maggie Silveira, President of Bharat Mukti Morcha, Goa Unit. They both are decisions are of Government of India, both taken without consulting people of Goa supposedly for the benefit of Goa. One taken by Congress government in 1961 and later by BJP government in 2016. Mr. Parrikar was speaking in a discussion after presentation of Draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI), Government of Goa and Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) for development of 6 Waterways of National Importance in Goa referred as "National Waterways" on December 11, 2017.

Invitation for this meeting was sent out by Captain of Ports Capt. James Braganza to many people. Surprisingly when people turned up to attend but they were prevented by police from attending so they staged demonstration outside Menezes Braganza Hall. 

After the Power Point Presentation by Secretary Fisheries Govind Jaiswal discussions were initiated on declaring rivers as National Waterways. However when the discussion were found to be getting Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar in embarrassing situations as he ran short of answers meeting was stopped. 

Here we share point of debate between Maggie Silveira, President, Bharat Mukti Morcha, Goa Unit  and Manohar Parrikar on declaration of Goa's rivers as National Waterways.

Maggie: Why did Indian Government passed National Waterways Act 2016 without taking people of Goa in confidence on March 26, 2016?

Parrikar: Government of India is not required to consult anyone before passing of laws. This law is passed in Lok Sabha as well as Rajya Sabha unanimously. No member from Goa in Parliament objected to this law. I was present in the Parliament. Also it is not required that Indian Government consult any State Government before passing of this law I was not Chief Minister that time. 

Maggie: Then what is the use of democracy? People have the right to voice out.

Parrikar: Passing of this law relating to Goa is like Liberation of Goa. These questions were raised that time in post 1961. I support the idea because we are going to get funds for dredging of rivers.

Maggie: What Ravi Naik, ex-CM of Goa said on ways of raising funds I appreciate, central government can give grants to Goa Government for this purpose. There are other ways of raising funds rather than surrender our rivers to Central government.

Parrikar: I will appoint you as Advisor to Government of Goa on raising of finance. Simply some body has set Goa's rivers on fire. No where in India people are objecting to declaration of their rivers as National Waterways.

Maggie: I am not interested to be on your advisory Board. I have much better things to do. We have to protect our rivers, Casinos have polluted river Mandovi.

Parrikar: Are there Casinos in River Sal, it is also polluted.

Maggie: What government was doing as the river Sal was getting polluted?

Parrikar: That is a separate question from today's' theme of National Waterways MoUs.

Maggie: Don't include the six rivers as National Waterways.

Parrikar: They are already included and I can do nothing about it.

Maggie: Then see that MoU is not signed by Goa Government's Captain of Ports. We protest declaration of Goa six rivers as National Waterways.

Parrikar: Okay, I have noted your views.

Manohar Parrikar said that MPT is not involved in signing the MoU but the draft he gave to Churchill Alemao has MPT in it. And also the invitation to this meeting says so. One again Parrikar tried to confuse people.

MoU Parrikar said in response to Olencio's question are not superior to the law namely Inland Waterways Authority of India Act 1985 and National Waterways Act 2016.

There are few other people who questioned Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on various counts. Savio Correia, Olencio Simoes, Churchill Alemao, Ravi Naik publicly.

Govind Jaiswal, who is also Secretary (Ports/ fisheries) informed that fishing rules of 1981 are more dangerous and restrictive to fishing than MoUs provisions. Manohar Parrikar repeated the same again.

Then suddenly Secretary Fisheries Govind Jaiswal declared meeting stopped without thanking anyone. Then people raised alarm to continue but Captain of Ports said that without government authority meeting cannot be continued. He perhaps forgot that he himself was an authority and had invited the people sending letters. 

The over all speaking was done by Manohar Parrikar. The Captain of Ports who technically knows every detail was not allowed to speak in spite of people's demand. The mike was taken away from Captain of Ports by Manohar Parrikar. 

People from all over Goa gathered outside the Menezes Braganza Hall as Our Rivers Our Rights (OROR) and protested against inclusion of Goa's six rivers as National Waterways. Tight police security was kept to protect the Chief Minister. We fail to understand as to why Chief Minister Parrikar is feeling so insecure in Goa that he needs such as heavy Police Bandobast for his protection, or is it to show off?

Goenchea Ramponkaracho Ekvott and Green Brigade were also present and participated inside Menezes Braganza Hall confronting Chief Minister on fate of Goa's rivers. 

Few key points that did not figure in the discussions:

1. Who are the people who convinced the government of India to include Goa's rivers as National Waterways. Its Goa mining industry and Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry. See links here. Manohar Parrikar tried to full people by saying somethings distractive like passenger transport.

2. Mining industry and their barges are polluting Goa's rivers and deserve special attention of GSPCB. Minutes call for education of masses on these aspects. Check the minutes of first meeting of Goa State Pollution Control Board held on 05/10/1988. Click here.

3. Constitution of India makes it Fundamental duty of every citizen to protect rivers. Click here. Goa's rivers as National Waterways is an anti national action.

4. For more documents for study click here.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

CoP presentation on draft MoU on River Nationalization in Goa


Goa's Captain of Ports has called for the presentation on draft MoU on river nationalization at Menezes Braganza Hall, Panjim on Monday December 11, 2017 at 10.00 am. We share this letter here for your reference. Captain of Ports represents Goa Government to sign MoU with Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) and Mormugao Port Trust (MPT). This must be opposed and exclusion of Goa's rivers as National Waterways must be pushed for at all cost. 

In spite of this presentation initiative the questions remains unanswered: Why did Government of India did not consult People of Goa before inclusion of Goa six rivers as National Waterway in 2016? Bharat Mukti Morcha (BMM) has put together essential documents on this. Click here for download links. Lets all study them and speak up for silence at this hour would be an act of treason.

Goa Power Minister not bothered: Electricity workers in Malar, Diwar, Vanxim forced on foot

Electricity department employees attached to Corlim office are deprived of the vehicle to move about to attend to the calls from public in jurisdiction that includes Islands villages of Diwar, Malar and Vanxim. Tragedy has placed these employees in precarious conditions as the have to move on foot from December 02, 2017. 

The vehicle that department office had has been done away with without replacement. Workers in blue uniforms are seen moving on island in hot sun with ladders and other equipments on their shoulders walking. This causes delays to public and exhaustion to workers. This is twenty first century Goa!

Power Minister of Goa Pandurang Madkaikar, who is also local MLA from these place must cease to use any vehicles to move from his home in Old Goa to anywhere in Cars and other vehicles till the replacement four wheeler vehicle is given to the above mentioned Electricity Department employees. Mr. Madkaikar must go walking to his office at Goa Legislative Assembly every day. Only then he will realize the plight of the worker of his department stranded without a vehicle to move on foot.

Bharat Mukti Morcha calls for immediate replacement vehicle to these workers to help ease their journeys to attend calls from public.

Monday, 4 December 2017

Indian Government directive to locate land for aquisition on Goa River banks


After this letter from Indian Shipping Ministry it is clear that all the objections to Nationalization of Goa's rivers must reach to Captain of Ports, Panjim. These Jetties must be objected on priority at Captain of Ports office. BMM has already file objections. Click here to view.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Police investigations on BMM?

Just received information reveals that Goa Police CID has launched secret investigations on office bearers of Bharat Mukti Morcha (BMM) Goa Unit. People going to get the pass port clearances to police department are questioned about Bharat Mukti Morcha office bearers. 

In one instance that has come to our attention and we wish to share publicly is of one such policemen named Nitesh Borkar, CID, Police Headquarters, Panjim mobile number 7057088272. He is reported to have investigating travel mode and source of livelihood of Bharat Mukti Morcha Goa President Maggie Silveira. For nearly five days two policemen were posted this week at Vanxim Amboi Ferry point near Hotel Devaya to check mode of travel and vehicle number plate. Policemen did not bother to report release of sewage from Devaya Hotel into Mandovi river nor siphoning of water pipeline coming to Vanxim island by Devaya Hotel. Neither police nor one who put police on this task is really bothered about these issues.

Bharat Mukti Morcha will hold Goa Police CID responsible in case anything untoward occurs to any of the BMM office bearers all over the Goa. This insecurity with Goa police has triggered after BMM press conference on November 14, 2017 issued a statement against India's shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari, Environment Minister of India Harsh Vardhan and Chief Minister of Goa Manohar Parrikar. To read this critical statement click here. BMM will not cow down and request police to contact BMM office bearers directly instead of beating around the bush. BMM do not consider police as our enemy. BMM enemy is Bamon Raj and freedom from this Raj is our birth right and we will achieve it. 

Indian Politics currently operates in non-transparent manner as political parties are excluded from the ambit of Right to Information Act.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Exclude Goa’s six rivers from National Waterways of India Act now!

Date: 14th November 2017

Bharat Mukti Morcha (BMM) strongly protests comments over the past one week with serious implications to Goa’s rivers and fishermen at large.

India’s Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari was reported in media on 8th November 2017 to have passed several such comments we denounce:
1.     Gadkari said “Opposition to Coal transportation in Goa could be politically motivated”. Opposition to Coal is led by fishermen and is motivated by instincts of survival and livelihood. If Mr. Gadkari needs to know then he must come and meet fishermen directly in Vasco instead of five star hotel in Benaulim.
2.     Gadkari“Directed MPT to ascertain facts of Coal Pollution in Vasco”. Three Public Hearings lasting over a week has all the facts including public testimonies of affected people.
3.     Gadkari said “Due to Competitive International Market Capital dredging of 18 meters depth is a must. MoEF will be approached to obtain Environmental Clearance.” The capital dredging was stopped through litigations at NGT and Supreme Court. Should Goa’s fishermen, rivers and Arabian Sea be allowed to face ecological hazards from capital dredging because of competitive international market? Can economy prosper when ecology is forcibly destroyed?
4.     Gadkari said “On rivers, centre is funding riverfront development that includes dredging.” Dredging is proved to have caused ecological damage and MPT was stopped from carrying on the same few months ago. Now centre is funding river destruction project in Goa?
5.     Gadkari said “Utilization of State rivers could further boost tourism in the state as hotels could consider transporting tourists though waterways.” Mr. Gadkari has interest of tourism and hotels closer to his heart. Not at the cost of Goans and their sentiments. Mr. Gadkari is insensitive to fishermen and ignores constitutional provisions under Article 48-A and Article 51-A(g).
6.     Gadkari said “Sanctioned funds though Sagarmala program for infrastructure projects on riverfronts.” Without ascertaining ecological impact funds are sanctioned for Sagarmala. This is a bad governance.
7.     Gadkari said “Ferry service from Dabolim to Hotels directly”. This not only will impact fishing in rivers but also large number of people who are using taxi cars in tourism business.
8.     Gadkari said “Plans to make Ports in Country Green Ports”. If this is genuine then why persist in black Port at MPT.
9.     Gadkari said “Special Economic Zones would be set up at some Ports”. People of Goa has fought it tall, and it continues.

India’s Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Harsh Vardhan was reported in media on 10th November 2017 to have refused to comment on pollution caused by Coal in Vasco at MPT. This is really tragic; India’s environment Minister shying away from commenting on matters of pollution pertaining to his ministry. He advocated Scientific Social Responsibility and ignored Ministerial Social Responsibility.

Goa’s Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar was reported in media to have passed various objectionable comments.
1.     On 8th November 2017 “If the Coal really becomes a pollutant then we have to stop it.” Goa Chief Minister still has not realized that Coal has already created Public Health emergency in Vasco city and ecological crisis in Arabian Sea and Zuari river. More he chooses to ignore this three decade old menace more angry people of Goa will turn leading to unexpected consequences.
2.     On 11th November 2017 he is reported to have said “People will be taken into confidence on river nationalization MoUs”. Why people of Goa were not taken in confidence before inclusion of Goa’s rivers in a Schedule to National Waterways of India Act 2016?. Why the permission agreement of Goa government with Central government is kept secret document? It is very sad to know this very fact of Mr. Parrikar that what he speaks he never abides with, he always does the opposite. And it all goes in his personal interest and not in the interest of public.


BMM calls upon Government of India to amend The National Waterways of India Act 2016 to exclude Goa’s six rivers from the Schedule immediately. 

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Objections to declaration of Goa rivers as National Waterways

Date: 9th November 2017





To,
Her Excellency,
Governor of Goa,
Raj Bhavan, Cabo,
Dona Paula, Goa

To,
The Chief Minister
Government of Goa,
Secretariat, Porvorim, Goa

To,
The Leader of the Opposition,
Goa Legislative Assembly,
Secretariat, Porvorim, Goa.

To,
The Minister of Fisheries,
Government of Goa,
Secretariat, Porvorim, Goa

To,
The Minister of Ports
Government of Goa,
Porvorim, Goa


To,
The Minister of Tribal Affairs,
Government of Goa,
Porvorim, Goa

To,
The Secretary (Ports)
Secretariat, Porvorim,
Goa

To,
The Secretary (Fisheries)
Secretariat, Porvorim, Goa


To,
The Director,
Directorate of Fisheries,
Panjim, Goa

To,
Captain of Ports
Panjim, Goa

To,
The Collector (South Goa)
Margao, Goa

To,
The Collector (North Goa)
Panjim, Goa

To,
The Chairman,
Mormugao Port Trust,
Headland Sada, Goa
403 804

To,
The Chairman
Inland Waterways Authority of India
A-13, Sector 1, NOIDA – 201301,
Uttar Pradesh

To,
The Principal Secretary
(Environment and Forest)
Secretariat, Porvorim, Goa

To,
The Chief Secretary,
Government of Goa,
Porvorim, Goa

To,
Francisco Silveira,
MLA,
St. Andre constituency

To,
Antonio Caetano Fernandes
MLA,
Santa Cruz Constituency

To,
Smt. Jennifer A. Monserrate,
MLA,
Taleigao Constituency

To,
The Sarpanch,
Bambolim-Curca-Nauxim Panchayat,

To,
The Sarpanch,
Siridao village Panchayat

To,
The Sarpanch,
Agassaim village Panchayat,

To,
The Sarpanch,
Taleigao village Panchayat,

To,
The Sarpanch,
Cortalim village Panchayat,

To,
The Sarpanch,
Borim Panchayat,

To,
The Sarpanch,
Madkai panchayat,

To,
The Sarpanch,
Chicalim Panchayat



Subject: Objections to declaration of Goa rivers as National Waterways

Sir/ Madam
1.      We write to you as a voice of Goa’s rivers declared as National Waterways by an Act of Indian Parliament and published on gazette of India on 26th March 2016 as “The National Waterways of India Act, 2016” (henceforth referred as “2016 Act”) without consulting People of Goa thereby constituting deceitful aggression of Goa’s rivers and those dependent upon them both directly and indirectly.
2.      We object to Section 3 of the above cited Act that states: “It is hereby declared that it is expedient in the public interest that the Union should take under its control the regulation and development of the waterways specified in the Schedule for the purposes of shipping and navigation to the extend provided in the Inland Waterways Authority of India Act, 1985.”
3.      Goa’s six rivers figure in the schedule cited above at point no. 2. They are:
a.       National Waterway 25: Chapora River, from Maneri to Arabian Sea near Morjim
b.      National Waterway 27: Cumberjua River, from Cortalim Ferry terminal to Cumbherjua-Mandovi river confluence near Sao Mathias
c.       National Highway 68: Mandovi River, from Bridge at Usgao to Mandovi confluence with Arabian Sea at Reis Mangos
d.      National Waterway 71: Mapusa/Moide River, from the Bridge on NH – 17 at Mapusa to confluence point of Mapusa and Mandovi rivers at Porvorim.
e.       National Waterway 88: Sal River, from Orlim Deusa Bridge to confluence with Arabian Sea at Mobor.
f.       National Waterway 111: Zuari river, from Sanvordem Bridge to Marmugao Port.
4.      We object to inclusion of all the above six rivers cited at point 3 to be governed under the Inland Waterways Authority of India Act, 1985 (henceforth referred as 1985 Act) for the following reasons:
a.      Section (2) (h) of 1985 Act provides sweeping powers to Government of India “If Parliament declares by law any other waterway to be a national waterway, then from the date on which such declaration takes effect, such other water waterway (i) shall be deemed also a national waterway within the meaning of this clause” . Lord Atkins had warned long time ago “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely”.
b.      Section 3: “Constitution and incorporation of the Inland Waterways Authority of India”. Goa’s rivers are now under the control of this Authority.
c.       Section 10: “In discharge of its functions under this Act, the Authority shall act, as far as may be on business principles.” This sharply compromises comprehensive defense of rivers as ecological health of rivers is jeopardized. Profits at the cost of rivers.
d.      Section 14 (1)(a): “carry out surveys and investigations for the development, maintenance and better utilization of the national waterways and the appurtenant land for shipping and navigation and prepare schemes in this behalf;” This is one of the functions of Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) pertaining to use of rivers and attached lands for shipping and navigation. Fishing has no place under the 1985 Act.
e.       Section 2(a): “appurtenant land” means all lands appurtenant to a national waterway, whether demarcated or not. This means all the land attached to six rivers of Goa listed above as point 3 are under de facto control of IWAI. There is no limit in 1985 Act on how much land attached to rivers is in de facto control of IWAI.
f.       Section 14(b): The Authority may provide or permit setting up of infrastructural facilities for national waterways.
g.       Section 2(f): “infrastructure” includes structures such as docks, wharves, jetties, handing stages, locks, buoys, inland ports, cargo handling equipment, road and rail access and cargo storage spaces, and the expression “infrastructure facilities” shall be construed accordingly;
h.      Section 14(c): “The Authority may carry out conservancy measures and training works and do all other acts necessary for the safety and convenience of shipping and navigation and improvement of the national waterways”.
i.        Section 2(d): “Conservancy” includes dredging, training, diversion, or abandoning channels; Dredging is already proved to damage ecology in case of MPT dredging and on those grounds dredging was ordered to be stooped by NGT.
j.        Section 14(1)(e): “The Authority may remove or alter any obstructions or impediment in national waterways and the appurtenant land which may impede the safe navigation or endanger safety of infrastructural facilities or conservancy measures where such obstruction or impediment has been lawfully made or has become lawful by reason of long continuance of such obstruction or  impediment or otherwise, after making compensation to person suffering damage by such removal or alteration.” With this provision all the houses of people adjacent to six rivers can be easily demolished.
k.      Section 25: “Power of the Central Government to issue directions”. This is mockery of democracy and decentralization.
l.        Section 25 (2): “The decision of the Central Government whether a question is of policy or not shall be final”. This is dictatorship.
m.    Section 26: “Compulsory acquisition of land for the Authority. – Any land required by the Authority for discharging its functions under this Act shall be deemed to be needed for a public purpose and such land may be acquired for the Authority under the provisions of the Land Acquisition Act, 1894 or any other corresponding law for the time being in force.” One more institution for land grab under the garb of Public Interest.
n.      Section 28: Any person authorized by the Authority in this behalf, may, whenever it is necessary so to do so for any of the purposes of this Act, at all reasonable times, enter upon any land or premises.
o.      Section 32 (2): “No suit or other proceedings shall lie against the Authority for any damage caused or likely to be caused by anything in good faith done or purported to be done under this Act or the rules or regulations, and in particular, it shall not be the responsibility of the Authority to provide for relief measures necessitated by floods or by breaches and failures of works.”
p.      Section 35 (2) (j): “the exclusion from a national waterway of disorderly or other undesirable persons and of trespassers;” Fishermen can be easily arrested using this provision.
5.      At October 24-25, 2016 meeting of National Appraisal Committee “M/s National Waterways Authority of India proposed for development of stretch of Mandovi River (NW-68, 41 km), Zuari River (NW-111, 55 km) and Cumberjua Canal (NW-27 km). Project Proponents informed currently 228 barges are plying Goa waterways and highest capacity barge is 2500 T. initial dredging for maintaining 3.2 m LAD will be sufficient for enabling the vessels to ply round the year. Total dredging quantity will be about 3 Mm³. Dredging in these stretches to be disposed off beyond the disposal area of Mormugao Port Trust towards Seaside.” This means NWAI is taking ahead interests of barges. Barges are owned by private parties transporting ore and are known historically to destroy Goa’s ecology. 2016 Act and 1985 Act are functioning to support Goa’s ecological criminals. This is ridiculous and unacceptable.
6.      The reputation of barges with regard to rivers in Goa is notorious. As per the minutes of the first meeting Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) held on October 05, 1988 three issues has been kept for special attention of the Board. They are as under:
a.       “Pollution of Inland waterways by movement of barges and other vessels.” This means what is already notorious form of navigation in Goa i.e the barges are further being given impetus by NWAI. These barges transport ore extracted from mining of Goa’s mountains and plains which has created equally ghastly damage for ecology and officially noted as under point (b).
b.      “Mining industry being major polluting industry in Goa”. In order to solve this problem GSPCB has following note mentioned below in point (c)
c.       “Education of masses on the aspect of prevention of pollution”. Prevention of pollution as we realize can take place by banning barge transportation though rivers and banning mining in the State of Goa. Inclusion of Goa’s rivers as National Waterways is truly unfortunate and disastrous for the rivers, fish, and fishermen, and mass of people of Goa who are dependent upon fish for daily staple of food.
7.      Declaration of Goa’s rivers as National Waterways is certain death for rivers of Goa and those who will mourn the loss and not just people but also Goa’s majestic mountains as rivers origin in mountain and proceed towards Arabian Sea supporting innumerable life in between. What the Indian Parliament done by passing 2016 Act is very sad and anti-life. We would like to quote from Habacuc 3:10 “The mountain saw thee, and were grieved: the great body of waters passed away” .We stand in defense of rivers in most intimate manner and Maori declaration as our own for each of Goa’s rivers is great for us: “The Great River flows from the mountain to the sea. I am the River and River is me”.
8.      We want to bring to your attention that exactly similar treatment were given to Whanganui River and Indigenous People known as Maoris in New Zealand from 1840 onwards. River was used by white settlers as “highway” for navigation and activities of Maoris were greatly restricted. Maoris never accepted this and fought back for 177 years covering many generations. As a result of the struggle New Zealand Parliament enacted a law in March 2017 known as Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Claims Settlement) Act 2017. In the sections 69 of this law there is clear acknowledgement from the Crown for all the damage done to the Whanaganui River even as Maoris refused to relinquish their rights to the Crown. Similar situation has come upon people of Goa and we too refuse to relinquish rights over Goa’s rivers to the Indian Parliament usurped in colonial style via 2016 Act. Indian Government is all out to damage Goa’s rivers and people, just the way White Colonialists damaged Whanaganui river and Maoris of New Zealand. In the same New Zealand law via section 70 Crown apologized and sought to atone for its past wrongs. Indian Government is embarking on committing such wrongs against Goa’s Rivers and People.
9.      We noted that there are two drafts Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) available under RTI from Captain of Ports and one finalized MoU. All the three MoUs are highly objectionable as expected consequences are to dredge Goa’s rivers, take over land, disrupt fishing occupations, and deplete fish catch excessive control over Goa’s riparian areas as well as rivers with Inland Waterways Authority of India located at Noida, Uttar Pradesh.
a.       Draft MoU between Captain of Ports (CoP) and IWAI dredging of 180 kms in Six rivers with Environment, Forest and local issues to be addressed by IWAI. Land Acquisition will be the responsibility of IWAI. In other words Goa will be administered from Noida in Uttar Pradesh. This is Colonial mode of development based on exploitation of nature and people and needs immediate dismantling.
b.      Draft MoU between  IWAI, Government of Goa (GoG), Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) states that
                                                              i.      CoP represents Goa State while MPT is functioning under Ministry of Shipping, Central Government.
                                                            ii.       Article 1.1 (a) (i) notes “Fairway development of 182 kms stretch which includes dredging, river training works, bank protection”.
                                                          iii.      Article 3.1 (iii): “CoP will also be paid service charges @2% of the awarded cost of the Project work for obtaining all necessary clearances from different departments, preparing EIA, acquiring land for the work rendered to the development of a project etc.
                                                          iv.      Article 3.2 GoG responsibilities:
1.      Administration of rules and regulations under IWAI Act 1985
2.      Ensure safety and security of waterways
3.      Identify projects for implementation in consultation with the IWAI
4.      Facilitate the project executing agency (MPT) to obtain all statutory clearances
5.      Land acquisition as and when required for any development work on said NWs
6.      Remove any encroachments on the banks of waterways
7.      7. Facilitate last mile connectivity from the National Waterways for seamless movement of good and passengers.
8.      CoP department will identify and propose the various development projects to be carried out in the rivers and the same will be financed by IWAI and executed by MPT taking into consideration the Technical/ Financial/ Environmental/ Public Sensitivities of the State into account.
9.      Ensure unrestricted development and utilization of National Waterways by regulating the existing fishing activities carried through stake net fishing, barrier net, River gill, river cages, and fishing by any registered gear. Views of local fishermen area shall however be taken into consideration before finalization of a site for development by CoP and IWAI.
10.  Before finalization, i.e work of a construction, dredging of river, training wall construction bund, necessary EIA if applicable shall be carried out and the effect on the ecology and other organisms shall be disclosed before tendering the work. The expenses for conducting the EIA will be funded by IWAI. Whom it will be disclosed not mentioned. No provision for Public Hearing.
11.  Exigency work related to the security, safety of navigation, environment protection, and matters of public interest which require immediate attention will be attended to by the CoP and IWAI will be informed subsequently.
The above responsibilities of Goa government are a recipe for all round ruin of Goa. Dredging and regulation of Fishermen are the most dangerous provisions and guarantees elimination of fishing occupations in Goa.
                                                            v.      Article 3.4 (i): Land acquisition shall be the responsibility of the GoG. All Environment, Forest, local issues shall be addressed by IWAI, GoG and MPT jointly.
                                                          vi.      Article 7.5 “IWAI will provide the full funding for providing any facility like Hydrographic survey, EIA, Dredging, river training, Aids to Navigation including channel making, Construction / up gradation of terminals and Jetties.”
                                                        vii.      So here we have IWAI willing to put money to transform Goa into a graveyard.
c.       Finalized MoU between  IWAI and MPT:
                                                              i.      Signed without public consultations in Goa
                                                            ii.      Signed on 28th September 2016
                                                          iii.      Signed between MPT Chairman I. Jeyakumar, IRTS and IWAI member (traffic)  Shrikant Mahiyaria, IRTS
                                                          iv.      Signed for Mandovi, Zuari, Chapora, Cumbharjua, Mapusa and Sal rivers
                                                            v.      Article 1.1 (a):
1.      (i) “Fairway of 182 kms stretch which includes dredging, river training works, bank protection etc.”
2.      (ii) “Terminal construction with cargo handling facilities, off-shore structures and related infrastructure.”
                                                          vi.      Responsibilities of MPT: Article 2.1
1.      “Dredging works”
2.      “ bank protection”
3.      “Development, planning, & designing of IWT terminals”
4.       “Support for safe movement of Cargo Vessels”
The above four points means total control of Goa’s rivers and river banks by MPT that is functioning under Ministry of Shipping, Government of India. This is a direct contrast to statehood, contrast to Panchayat Raj and contrast of every democratic norm. Final disruption of fishing occupations in rivers will be carried on by MPT.
                                                        vii.      Joint responsibilities of MPT and IWAI: Article 2(3) (i):
1.      “Getting necessary clearances / approvals from concerned ministries and central/ state Govt. for execution of development works.
2.      All environment, forest, local issues shall be addressed by IWAI and MPT jointly.
3.      Land acquisition shall be the responsibility of IWAI.”
Fishing occupation will suffer as revealed from above three points. There is no sensitivity to fishermen in this entire signd MoU.
BMM calls for exclusion of Goa’s six rivers from the Schedule of National Waterways of India Act 2016 immediately. Or else our generations currently and in future will have to fight like Maori generations fought and narrated in this letter at point 8.
BMM calls upon you to attend to this issue and be a voice to Goa’s threatened rivers and consequently threatened people. Kindly forward this letter to the higher authority.
Union Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari has commented in press on 08/11/2017 that Goa’s rivers that are declared as National Waterways will be dredged. This is exactly we are against as dredging has proved to create enormous ecological harm at MPT late 2016 and early 2017 before NGT stopped it on complaints from Fishermen organizations. His approach is death blow to fish movement and fish breeding grounds in Goa. Opening up rivers for navigation for Cargo and tourism including eco-tourism will severely disrupt fishing activities in Goa and people of Goa will not tolerate.
You are therefore requested to take appropriate steps to make sure that our views are presented effectively to the Central Government failing which there could be major repercussions including social, political and economic unrest. People in Goa take fish, curry and rice as staple diet and currently Goa government along with corporate interests has targeted all three pushed people towards desperation. Rice cultivation suffered due to land conversions from agricultural to non-agricultural purposes to benefit real estate, industry and mining, Curry is costly as coconut trees are chopped down to make way to multi storied buildings and star hotels. The remaining coconut trees yield has drastically lowered as mobile towers mushrooms and radiation has become widespread. Fish is being robbed from our plates through declaration of Goa’s rivers as National Waterways.
We are sure that you too will contribute towards comprehensive defense of our Rivers and object to the declaration of Goa’s rivers as National Waterways, exclude Goa’s rivers as National Waterways and nullify all the MoUs in this regard.

Thanking you,

Yours Sincerely,



Maggie Silveira,
President, Goa State

Sanjay Pereira
Convener, Cacra unit  

Rohidas Andrade
Convener, Bambolim unit

Socorro Braganza
Convener, Siridao Unit

Anthony Cardozo
Convener, Curca Unit

Sitaram Pereira
Convener, Odxel Unit

Milind Palkar
Convener, Nauxi unit

Ms. Kalpana Diukar
Co-convenor, Odxel Unit

Chandrakant Lotlikar
Secretary, Siridao Unit

Hanuman Dias
Co-convenor, Odxel Unit

Honu Divkar,
Co-convener,Odxel Unit

Deu Kankonkar
Secretary, Nauxi Unit

Yeshwant Shirvoikar,
Co-convener,Odxel Unit

Manguesh Sawant,
Co-convener, Odxel unit

Amir Mardolkar,
Co-convener,Nauxim Unit

Francis Coelho,
Co-convener,Nauxim Unit

Ms. Jaya Kuttikar
Co-convenor, Odxel Unit

Dulba Pereira,
Co-convener,Cacra Unit

Jonu Shirvoikar,
Co-convenor, Odxel Unit

Santosh Gauns,
Co-convener,Cacra Unit 


Ms. Sheila D’mello,
Co-convener, Cacra Unit

Vijay Sawant,
Co-convener, Cacra Unit

Ashok Kukalkar
Co-convenor, Odxel Unit

Ganashyam Diukar
Co-convenor, Odxel Unit


Mahadev Andre Rosario
Co-convenor, Nauxim Unit