Zuari may see old, new bridges co-existing
TNN | Oct 21, 2015, 02.00 AM IST
Panaji: After the construction of the new Zuari bridge is complete, official sources said that the existing bridge will continue to be in use, though the manner in which it will be put to use is yet to be decided. Officials are of the view that the existing bridge will most probably be utilized for two-wheeler traffic only.
Those in the know said that there is a possibility that toll will be charged for the use of the new Zuari bridge (which is in the process of tendering at present) once it is ready. As toll will be charged only from four-wheelers and not two-wheelers, the two-wheeler traffic could be diverted to the existing bridge to further ease traffic, once the eight-laned new link is ready.
The ministry of road transport & highways (MoRTH) has called for bids from contractors for construction of the new Zuari bridge at a total cost of 889 core including the approach to the new bridge. The project will involve construction of the 4+4 lane cable-stayed bridge across the River Zuari having length of 640m and elevated approach to the 4+4 lane bridge for a length of 450m.
The contractor, to be awarded the work, will have to complete the construction of the bridge within a period of three years and will be responsible for the maintenance of the bridge for a period of eight years.
San Jacinto Island Goa
Goa is full of Natural Beauties. San Jacinto Island is one of the beautiful island of Goa. San Jacinto Island is a small island of Goa. It is located at the Mormugao bay. There are some old houses are situated on this small island of Goa and the picturesque of the San Jacinto Island of Goa is wonderful.
You can also see this San Jacinto Island of Goa while traveling from Dabolim San Jacinto Island of Goa airport. This San Jacinto Island falls on the way. There is also a tunnel is present by which you can go to the other side of the river which is known as Siridao. This tunnel is very old. There is also a church is situated in this San Jacinto Island of Goa which name is St Hyacinthi Church which increases the beauty of this island much more. There is a big celebration takes place in Every last Sunday of September in this St Hyacinthi Church. You can also see the light house of the island. A vow was purchased this beautiful island and he did not sell it to any one and not leased this beautiful island for any projects. So till now the San Jacinto Island is as beautiful as it was and full of natural beauty.
This San Jacinto Island is known as San Antonio locally. If you ever come to Goa never forget to come to this San Antonio island of Goa once.
he church of St Lawrence the Martyr in Agassaim..
.. celebrates the feast of its patron, St Lawrence, on August 10. With a high mass and a unique coconut breaking tradition thereafter, the people bid farewell to the monsoon
As the monsoon recedes and the dreary weather gives way to clearer skies, the people in the villages of Goa get out their festive clothes. It is the time for gaiety and a time to celebrate. The people of the village of Agassaim begin the festivities with the first feast of the season – the feast of St Lawrence that is celebrated on August 10.
St Lawrence is the patron of the church of St Lawrence the Martyr, Agassaim, and is known the world over as the patron of the poor and the cooks. The reason behind this, is an interesting story as recounted by Fr Jonsie Colaco, parish priest of the church, “During the reign of Emperor Valerian in 258, Pope Sixtus II died. Lawrence was a deacon at that time and he was ordered by the prefect to turn over the riches of the church. However, within three days, Lawrence had distributed the riches and church to the poor. When he was summoned and asked to present the riches, he presented the poor people and said they were the true treasures of the church.” Legend has it that this act made the prefect so angry that he had a big gridiron made, with coals beneath it and had Lawrence placed on it. After Lawrence had suffered in pain for a while, legend has it that he cheerfully remarked, “I am well done, now turn me over.”
The preparation of the feast begins with a novena, like all other feasts in Goa. This year, the focus of the novenas was the Small Christian Community (SSC). “The Archdiocese is hosting a nationwide SSC convention in Goa from 19 to 21 November. We wish to make the local SSCs more vibrant, ” said Fr Colaco. During the novenas, contributions at the daily offertory was collected and distributed to the poor on the vesper day, as St Lawrence is also the saint of the poor. The preacher on the feast day was Fr Alexio Menezes, rector of the Rachol Seminary.
The rain does not allow the putting up of stalls and a feast fair, but the smallest ward in Agassaim, Dugrem, is known for the cultural festival that is conducted by the Young Stars of Dugrem. “This year we will be celebrating 43 years of this event, ” says Romao Gonsalves, president of the association. An unique event among the various activities at the cultural festival is the coconut breaking event. “The tradition dates back to many years ago when the bhatkars of the village would break coconuts in front of the crowd to prove to the people the superiority of the coconuts in their plantation. The winner would then celebrate by distributing coconuts to the mundkars, ” he says.
Over the years, the rule of the bhatkars waned and the practice developed into a prize-winning event. Now, a person who wants to participate goes around choosing strong and good coconuts. They believe that coconuts from the oldest tree are the strongest. The coconuts have to meet certain parameters – they should have a diameter bigger than 10 cm and should not be rotten. The player then rolls each of his coconut towards the opponent. The opponent tries to break each of the six coconuts with his own coconut and without breaking his own. At the end, the participant with maximum coconuts is declared the winner. The cultural event also has other activities like a dance competition, fancy dress and a singing contest where the voice of Agassaim is selected.
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Our lady of ROSARY church , Curca
Our lady of ROSARY church , Curca
A view from the hillock - Our Lady of Rosary Church
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