The sunny state of Goa is now being credited as the first state in the country to provide 100% tap water connections in its rural households, under the Jal Jeevan Mission. Goa's rural area covers around 2.30 such houses, according to the Jal Shakti Ministry. After undertaking a lot of measures for the effective use of the Water Life Mission, Goa's Chief Minister has announced that now all rural households in the state will have seamless tap water supply. The government's Jal Jeevan Mission also aims to provide piped water to all rural households by 2024.
At present, the state of Goa has 37,591 confirmed COVID-19 cases and the Chief Minister on Friday, mentioned that next week onwards, the state government will get AYUSH doctors on board for covid care. Along with other government doctors, the AYUSH doctors will be involved in the treatment of COVID-19 patients with mild to moderate symptoms.
The 7th season of Indian Super League (ISL) 2020-21, is all set to be held in the sunny state of Goa, 21st of November onwards. This league is slated to be hosted at 3 different sites across the state, like Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Fatorda), GMC Athletic Stadium (Bambolim) and Tilak Maidan Stadium (Vasco). FC Goa football club has started their preparations for the upcoming ISL season, where they will strive for the ISL League Winners' Shield. Additionally, FC Goa will represent India in the AFC Champions League.
On your future trip to Goa, you will have an absolutely new city on your tour list as the Goa government is planning to develop a parallel city at a short distance from Panjim. This new city will be along the lines of Mumbai's Navi Mumbai township, according to a statement issued by the Chief Minister on Wednesday. The CM mentioned this news at a function organized by the state government-run Economic Development Corporation. This new parallel city will be developed in the Merces village, which shares its boundaries with Panjim city's land borders.
Goa experienced an upward curve in tourism with the month's first long weekend. Hotels witnessed more than 50% bookings and according to stakeholders in the tourism industry, October will be like a pilot episode for the upcoming months. Various changes are expected in the sectors pertaining to travel. Activities will be reopening this month for tourists to indulge in; the Dudhsagar Falls trek has already become accessible.
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Even with rising recovery trends, the situation of coronavirus in Goa Hospitals is continuously deteriorating. Despite the state furnishing almost double-fold recoveries than new infection, a total of over 640 patients continues to receive treatment for coronavirus in various Government-run hospitals across the state. This high tally has resulted in a shortage of beds at the Goa Medical College. With a surge of about 20-25 patients every day, the facility is putting patients on stretchers now.
Due to the current pandemic, lifeguards in Goa have come up with a new resuscitation technique, which would no longer require mouth-to-mouth contact. Since the previous tactic made the lifeguards even more prone to infection transmission, the concerned department has aptly reformed it and they're taking the help of a new technology.
This year during monsoons, the sunny state of Goa has recorded its highest rainfall since 1961 (after 59 years), according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). On Saturday, speaking about this occurrence, Rahul M who is a scientist at IMD Goa, mentioned that this state has reported 412 cms of rainfall from the South West monsoons in 2020. This has amounted to 41% higher than the average value of rainfall in the state.
The Dudhsagar Falls trek in Goa was shut due to the pandemic and now, the authorities have once again made it accessible for the public as travel restrictions have been relaxed to a large extent. This waterfall can only be reached by walking on the railway tracks and several trekking groups have already purchased trekking packages for September-end.
Goa loses footing as COVID case rise on a rainy day spill troubles for the state. The perilous cloud cover over the Arabian Sea brings Goa one of its most intense spells of this monsoon season, clocking at least 100mm of rainfall in all state weather stations. Besides this, an infection spike was further witnessed in Goa this week; the state reported as many as 590 cases in a single day on Tuesday.
On Sunday, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) directed the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to chalk out guidelines for the proper disposal of cigarette and bidi butts, within the next three months. The National Organization for Tobacco Eradication (NOTE) welcomed this move.