Goa Assembly Speaker Ramesh Tawadkar on Thursday said that the monsoon session, scheduled to begin on July 11, will be curtailed to ten days on account of Panchayat elections to be held in the second week of August.
According to Tawadkar, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant during the Business Advisory Committee meeting on Thursday expressed concern that government staff will be engaged in the Panchayat elections and hence they won’t be able to manage both, along with the assembly session.
Goa Assembly session was earlier scheduled from July 11 to August 12, for five weeks, which is now curtailed to two weeks.
“I accepted the proposal of the government to curtail the assembly session for ten days as the Chief Minister raised concern that government staff will be engaged in Panchayat election. Besides that, even technical things like giving assurances (in assembly sessions) are also there,” Tawadkar said.
Sawant said that the government had raised concern that as there are panchayat elections, government staff will get involved in the process. Hence it will not be possible for them to also work on panchayat elections, as well as for assembly session.
“Election will be held for 186 panchayats. Staff will not be able to manage both assembly sessions and panchayat elections at the same time. So we had requested the Speaker to take a session of two weeks and pass a budget,” he said.
“You compare with other states, even for you (Media) what has happened is that as Goa is a small state, CM is accessible for all your questions and hence you ask me all questions. One need to check how many days an assembly session takes place in big states like Uttar Paradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and others,” Sawant said.
“Our intention was clear. We had decided to hold an assembly session for 23 days. When I became Chief Minister in 2019, that time also the assembly session was of 21 days. But now due to the panchayat election we need to curtail the assembly session,” Sawant said.
Heavy Rain In Mumbai, “Orange Alert” Issued For Raigad, Ratnagiri, Satara
Heavy rain lashed Mumbai and neighbouring areas this morning and the India Meteorological Department or IMD has predicted more showers in the city.
The weather department (IMD) has also issued an ‘orange alert’ for Raigad, Ratnagiri and Satara, predicting heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places in the three districts.
The weather department’s Santacruz observatory in Mumbai, representative of suburbs, recorded 93.4 mm rainfall in the 24-hour period till 8.30 am on Tuesday, marking another spell of heavy downpour here in the current monsoon season.
The Colaba observatory, representative of the island city, recorded 59.2 mm rainfall during the same period, an IMD official said.
The IMD has predicted moderate showers in Mumbai today and high intensity rains in neighbouring Raigad.
The weather department issues four colour-coded predictions based on the prevailing weather systems. The green colour indicates no warning, yellow is to keep a watch, orange is to stay alert, while red means a warning and that action needs to be taken.
Heavy rain in Gujarat, alerts issued in many districts
Heavy rain lashed different parts of Gujarat on Tuesday, the Met Department said.
Amid the heavy rain, the department will issue an orange alert in eight districts and a yellow alert in seven districts of Gujarat on Wednesday.
Apart from this, an orange alert has also been issued in three districts of south Gujarat.
Heavy rain inundated Ahmedabad since Monday due to which the city is facing water-logging in several areas. Ahmedabad received nearly half an inch of rainfall since Tuesday morning.
According to the Met department forecast in Surat, there is a possibility of heavy to very heavy rain in south Gujarat till Thursday.
Surat has witnessed heavy rain since Tuesday morning. Two inches of rainfall has been recorded in Varachha since Tuesday morning while three inches of rainfall was witnessed in Udhana-Limbayat area from Monday evening till Tuesday 6 a.m.
The water in streams has reached danger levels due to the heavy rain. The Mithikhadi area of Limbayat has been completely inundated.
According to the forecast by the Met Department, an orange alert was issued in north Gujarat’s Banaskantha and Sabarkantha on Tuesday.
An orange alert has also been issued in Saurashtra’s Jamnagar while a yellow alert has been sounded in Patan, Mehsana, Aravalli, Surat, Navsari, Valsad, Kutch, Morbi, Dwarka and Gir Somnath.
There is a possibility of heavy rain in Surat, Navsari, Valsad and Kutch in south Gujarat on August 17. In the last 18 hours, 209 talukas received rain, with the highest in Vyara in Tapi district and Dolwan receiving 5.76 inches of rain.
Due to the rain, 74.62 per cent water capacity is currently available in reservoirs, including the Narmada dam in the state.
Due to this, the problem of agriculture and drinking water has been resolved in Gujarat for the upcoming year.
As much as 85.56 per cent of the season’s rainfall has been recorded in Gujarat, which is the highest rainfall recorded till August 14 in the last eight years.
In 2021, the state recorded only 36.84 per cent of the season’s average rainfall till August 14 with 12.18 inches. Therefore, the amount of rainfall this time is more than double as compared to that in 2021. This time more than 40 inches of rain has been recorded in 41 talukas of the state.
Kutch has received 137 per cent, south Gujarat 95 per cent, Saurashtra 78 per cent, north Gujarat 76 per cent and east central Gujarat 73 per cent of rainfall.
District-wise, Valsad has received 91 inches, Dang 77 inches, Navsari 70 inches and Narmada 53 inches of rainfall. Two talukas, Kaprada and Dharampur, have received more than 100 inches of rain, including 127 inches in Kaprada and 103 inches in Dharampur.
Six districts of Kutch, Gir Somnath, Devbhoomi Dwarka, Porbandar, Narmada and Valsad recorded more than 100 per cent of the season’s rainfall, including Gir Somnath with 101 per cent received 38.74 inches of rainfall, Devbhoomi Dwarka with 100 per cent received 28.84 inches, Porbandar with 110 per cent received 33.30 inches, Narmada has received 127 per cent with 53.26 inches rainfall while Valsad has received 101 per cent with 90.94 inches rainfall.
In 43 taluks the seasonal rainfall is more than 100 per cent.
At present, 70 reservoirs in the state are on high alert, while 14 reservoirs are on alert with up to 90 per cent water capacity filled. As many as 15 reservoirs with 80 per cent water have been issued a warning.
As many as 107 reservoirs have nearly 70 per cent water. Nearly 1,04,000 cusecs of water is being received by the Narmada dam due to rain and water released from Indira Sagar dam upstream of Sardar Sarovar Narmada dam, due to which the water level of Narmada dam has reached 135.11 metre.
The maximum water level of Narmada dam is 138.68 metre, which is now only 3 metres away from the danger mark.
Maharashtra Legislature Monsoon Session postponed
The Maharashtra Legislature’s monsoon session, which was scheduled to start from June 18, has been postponed, an official said here on Friday.
The new dates for the session shall be announced later, according to a formal announcement, though reasons for the postponement are not specified.
Earlier this month, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari had convened a special session for 2 days on July 3-4 to enable the election of the Assembly Speaker and a vote of confidence for Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis who were sworn-in on June 30.
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