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Plans to set up astronomical observatory in Ponda

The Department of Science, Technology and Environment will be taking up a number of proposals in the near future like setting up of a public astronomical observatory at Ponda, India establishing a patent information centre, reviving the oceanarium complex project at Miramar and promoting the generation of GRID based wind power.The other future projects of the department include supporting the establishment of state-of-the-art R&D units relevant to frontier technologies, creating a website dedicated to science, technology and environment activities in the state, environmental upgradation of Margao city using latest sewage treatment technology and promoting the phasing out of Ozone Depleting Substances.

In addition, the department will also undertake Tuem watershed project, prepare a state of environment report for Goa, establish a state-level non-conventional energy park at Margao and create a zoning atlas for siting of industries in the state.
The ongoing projects of the department are preparation of an ‘Environment Management Capacity Building – Environment Information System (EMCB-ENVIS) node for the state of Goa’, in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Forests, the Morpirla watershed project comprising of a total area of 2,613 hectares under the National Watershed Development Programme for Rainfed Areas (NWDPRA) in association with the Department of Agriculture, ‘Integrated Coastal and Marine Area Management (ICMAM)’ project in collaboration with the Department of Ocean Development and the National Green Corps (NGC) project funded by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, through the participation of 300 selected schools from the state.

Among the recently completed projects of the Department of Science, Technology and Environment are ‘Integrated Mission for Sustainable Development (IMSD)’ under which, the entire state has been re-mapped at a scale of 1:50,000 with the help of satellite remote sensing imageries (as of 1995) in collaboration with the Department of Space and the National Remote Sensing Agency (NRSA), ‘Goa and its environment from the space’ programme in collaboration with the National Institute of Oceanography, wasteland mapping for the state, land use and land cover mapping and change detection studies of Bicholim as well as Mormugao talukas and mapping of command area under different irrigation projects showing agricultural, horticultural and plantation crops.

The department, which has been established with an aim to popularise science and inculcate environmental awareness amongst the masses, as well as advise the government on effective implementation of policies on science, technology and environment was also instrumental in establishing the Goa Science Museum and science park at Miramar, besides it supports amateurs’ astronomical observatories at Panaji and Margao, environmental and pollution control laboratory, computerised workstation for Geographical Information System (GIS) and Digital Image Processing (DIP) and small non-conventional hybrid systems for generating electricity at Dona Paula jetty, Goa Science Centre as well as the Chief Minister’s official residence.