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Private lands in Goa can now be transformed into forested areas by paying a fee

Aiming for an improved and strengthened ecosystem, the Goa government has rolled out a new initiative to boost the state's green cover, based on a partnership between citizens and the administrative authorities. As per reports, citizens can now pay the Goa State Biodiversity Board for converting their lands into cultivated areas. Reportedly, the officials will not only plant trees but also ensure proper care and maintenance for them.

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Goa gets a new task force for revamping the state's public transport system

In response to the Centre's Transport4All challenge, the Goa government has formed a special task force to upgrade the transport infrastructure in the state. Focused on developing and delivering inventive solutions for problems related to urban mobility, the new team will work on measures for better and enhanced alternatives of commute. Notably, this project is being executed under the Smart Cities Mission, wherein the market participants, citizens and startups would together look for digital innovations.

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Know all about INS Hansa, Indian Navy Station in Goa with a history of 6 decades!

In a moment of pride for Goa, one of the Indian Navy's prominent air stations situated in the coastal state, INS Hansa marked its diamond jubilee last week. Located near Dabolim, it is India's biggest naval airbase which was set up with Sea Hawk, Alize, and Vampire aircraft at Coimbatore in 1958. Later, it was commissioned as INS Hansa on September 5, 1961. Post the liberation of Goa, the Navy took over Dabolim airfield in April 1962 and the INS Hansa was moved to Dabolim in June 1964.

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Taxis in Goa to be equipped with free-of-cost fare metres

In an attempt to revamp the public transport system in the state, the Goa government has decided to install free-of-cost fare metres in the local taxis. The cabinet passed the formal proposal for this on Thursday, which is expected to benefit locals and tourists through a regulated system for fare collection. Speaking about the initiative, the Chief Minister stated that the scheme is being launched on humanitarian grounds to advantage the drivers and the commuters.

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Indian Naval Aviation receives President's Colour at a ceremony held in Goa!

On Monday, President Ram Nath Kovind attended a ceremonial parade organised at INS Hansa naval base in Goa. As per reports, the head of the state presented President's Colour to the Indian Naval Aviation at this event. Notably, he was also given the guard of honour by the Indian Navy during the function. Amongst a list of other dignitaries, the event was marked by the esteemed presence of Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh, reportedly.

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